Around a week ago, I wrote about the Dirty Dozen regarding fruits and vegetables.  Today, I want to share with you the Dirty Dozen of  ingredients that are found in beauty/skin care products that you might just want to avoid…  I believe that I in an around about way mentioned that I take things to extreme once I hear about toxic chemicals and what they are used in.  An example of my recent act of extremeness (is that a word?), I have chosen to cut back on the makeup I wear.  I used to wear it all, now I put on eye shadow and mineral foundation every now and then.  I miss my eyes mascara!  I’m looking for some easy DIY makeup instructions; if you make yours, please share!

Included below is the Dirty Dozen list.  I am by far no expert on this; for further information about the Dirty Dozen, go to the David Suzuki Foundation website.  Which is where I found this information.

1.  BHA & BHT (used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives)

2.  Coal Tar Dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CI” followed by a five digit #

3.  DEA Related Ingredients (used in creamy and foaming products)

4.  Dibutyl phthalate (used in some nail care products)

5.  Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:  DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15 (used in cosmetics)

6.  Parabens (used in cosmetics as preservatives)

7.  Fragrance

8.  PEG compounds (used in many cosmetic cream bases)

9.  Petrolatum (used in some hair products, lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers)

10.  Siloxanes:  look for ingredients ending in -siloxane or -methicone (used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten)

11.  Sodium laureth sulfate (used in a variety of products including shampoo, detergent, body wash, and facial cleanser)

12.  Triclosan (used as a preservative and antibacterial agents in such products as cleansers, hand sanitizers, and deodorant/antiperspirant)