Avoid harmful compounds in cosmetics: Look at the ingredients

When buying cosmetics, many people don't look at the back of the product where the list of ingredients is written, but you would think twice if you knew how harmful some of them are

Try to avoid products that contain petroleum products. These are those with paraffin oil, propylene glycol and ethylene. What is extremely bad about products with these ingredients is that the extraction and transportation of crude oil has a negative impact on the environment.

Although there are certain concerns related to them, they are substances of very high chemical purity, purified from carcinogenic and mutagenic ingredients during the production process, and you do not have to throw products with them in the trash, but you should be careful with them.

There are many misconceptions and myths about petroleum products, but if they are properly refined, there are no known health problems.

There is concern with certain petroleum products because they can generate 1,4-dioxane, a kidney toxin, neurotoxin and respiratory toxin, and a leading groundwater pollutant.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that an alarming 22 percent of all conventional personal care products contain unsafe levels of 1,4-dioxane. The EWG also found that "these trace contaminants in petroleum-based ingredients often easily penetrate the skin and their presence in products is not limited by government safety standards."

To be absolutely safe, opt for products with alternative ingredients such as beeswax, cocoa butter and vegetable oils.

Another tip regarding cosmetics: Choose solid soaps for washing hands, body or hair. They last longer and you don't waste a lot of packaging, and the choice is large.

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