What are the most notorious chemicals in your personal care products that are harming the environment? Some of them may be lurking in bathroom cabinets, in the shower, and on your vanity. Avoid the worst skin care chemicals for the environment this Earth Day. You can do it without sacrificing results.

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Four of the least eco-friendly personal skin care products include those made with:

  1. synthetic perfume,
  2. phthalates,
  3. antibacterial ingredients such as triclosan, and
  4. mineral nano-free sunscreen filter and chemical sunscreen filter.

Avoid these ‘infamous 4’ and do you and the planet a big favor!

What are phthalates and why are phthalates bad for you and the environment?

Phthalates are sometimes used in an ingredient listed as ‘fragrance’. They help the scent linger and enhance performance.

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and have been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity as well as cancer according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

We know that phthalates are ubiquitous and ubiquitous in modern life because they are often found in human urine samples.

Phthalates are notorious ingredients in shower gels, shampoos, and even home cleaning products. They wash off our skin and enter wastewater treatment facilities, where they are difficult to remove, and thus, enter the environment and then re-enter drinking water and the food chain.

Phthalates are banned in skin care and personal care products in the EU but we still allow them here in the US and they are in abundance! That means we, as consumers, must try to avoid phthalate hormone disruptors. – Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey

How do you know if there are phthalates in your skin care products?

Don’t expect them to be clearly listed on the product label. Yes, FDA, the agency that regulates cosmetic consumer products, requires ingredients to be clearly listed. But, even according to the FDA:

….. regulations do not require listing of individual fragrance ingredients; therefore, consumers will not be able to determine from ingredient claims if phthalates are present in fragrance… Consumers who do not want to purchase cosmetics containing DEP (fragrance phthalate) may want to choose products that do not include fragrances. “Perfume” in the ingredient list. FDA

It’s the unknown ingredient ‘fragrance’ where they usually hide. Think about how many of your personal care and home hygiene products contain this vague ingredient. Most of the fragrance in your personal care products is artificial, and the ingredients for this artificial fragrance are not specifically described – you don’t know if the scent contains phthalates and there’s no way to distinguish. In my opinion, you just assume they can unless you know the exact source of the exact ingredient in that product.

skin care products without phthalates

All of my products specifically do NOT contain phthalates. Phthalates are bad, I note providing only phthalate-free ingredients and using phthalate-free chemists in their labs. – Dr. Bailey

What’s the best way to avoid phthalates in your home cleaning and skin care products?

The best way to avoid phthalates is to avoid products with artificial fragrances. The dual benefit is that fragrance is a big deal for skin allergies, so avoiding it is smart! Only two of my products contain fragrance and they are phthalate-free hypoallergenic fragrances. Everything else has no scent.

The best way to avoid phthalates in your skin care products is to use fragrance-free products when you don’t know the source of the fragrance.

Choose fragrance-free products for your personal care. For example, mine Natural body lotion and Natural face and body butter In my opinion, is a much better choice than scented body lotion. If you want fragrance in your life, use very low concentrations of natural essential oils for fragrance. Remember that essential oils can also be skin allergens, so choose a scent you love and use sparingly in a very thin amount. Add a drop to a generous amount of Body Lotion or Natural Butter and you’ve got a DIY safe scented body moisturizer you can count on.

Fragrance free natural body lotion without phthalatesNatural buttery fragrance and phthalate free

What is the difference between unscented and unscented skin care products?

  • According to the EPA, “free perfume” This means that the product has no added fragrance ingredients.
  • Odourless The product may contain chemicals that mask the odor of the product’s base formulation.
Certified organic fragrance-free shower gel

Choose products that are fragrance-free to completely avoid fragrance chemicals that can include phthalates.

Commit to doing this for personal care products you use a lot like shower gel, soap bars, and body moisturizers.

Mine Certified organic fragrance-free shower gel is the shower gel that my family uses.

phthalate-free bar soap with natural fragrance

Mine Natural Best Bar Soap also has no fragrance, save and prolong time.

I even have natural phthalate-free guaranteed household cleaners while supplies last.

Natural fragrance-free home cleaners

Triclosan is another ingredient that you should avoid.

Fragrance-free hand sanitizer

Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes, lotions, hand sanitizers, and other personal care products. Even the FDA says to avoid it.

Animal studies have shown that triclosan reduces thyroid hormone levels and contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. It also accumulates in aquatic ecosystems, is only partially removed by wastewater treatment, and is highly toxic to aquatic ecosystems. Never use triclosan. I have Triclosan-free hand sanitizer for the pandemic is also fragrance-free (aka phthalate-free).

Only apply nanoparticle-free mineral sunscreens with a focus on zinc oxide to avoid chemical sunscreen filters.

This is important for both you and the environment. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest sunscreen ingredients, and you should read your sunscreen labels to see what’s actually in them. In 2019, the FDA announced that they were the only two sunscreen ingredients with sufficient data to prove they were safe for human consumption. According to the FDA, all other sunscreen ingredients need more data before the FDA says they’re OK.

You need to know that chemical sunscreen will be absorbed into the body when you use it. A disturbing study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that chemical sunscreen filters readily absorb into the human bloodstream under normal conditions of use. During a beach vacation, they accumulate in the first day and stay high in the blood for 7 days. This new information is important and relevant to your immediate sun protection options. These are not friendly chemicals. Some, such as oxybenzone, are known hormone disruptors.

Fragrance-free mineral sunscreen is safe for the environment

With the good mineral sunscreens available, there’s no reason to use chemical sunscreens, in my opinion. – Skin health expert and dermatologist, Dr. Bailey

Marine ecosystems are also being destroyed by chemical sunscreens and nanoparticle sunscreens.

Studies show that sunscreen ingredients called oxybenzone and others are causing coral damage. Nanoparticle sunscreens can also harm marine life. Use a nano-mineral-free sunscreen and a good UPF 50 swimwear on your next beach, lake, or river vacation.

My dermatologist’s recommendations for sun protection include embracing UPF 50 clothing for most of your skin’s surface and applying sunscreen on a limited amount of unexposed skin. skillful cover. Wear a hat and stay in the shade. NOAA agrees!

This Earth Day, let’s take good care of both ourselves and the Earth by avoiding skin care products with phthalates containing ‘fragrance’, triclosan, chemical sunscreens and nano-minerals. – Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey

Dermatologist approved ocean-safe nano-mineral-free sunscreen


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