Cosmetics are comprised of a complex mix of different chemical substances derived either from natural resources or chemically synthesized ones. All the cosmetics that we use are produced by these components, and each type of cosmetic has its own specific cosmetic ingredient profile. The components of cosmetics are categorized into two major groups: synthetic and organic. The synthetic cosmetic ingredients are man-made substances that are generally made from petroleum, whereas organic components are those naturally occurring elements that occur in plants or animals. There are many other categories of organic ingredients, but these two are the most common.
Some of the most common synthetic chemicals found in cosmetics products are ascorbic acid (AHA), benzyl peroxide, ethylenediamine, dimethicone, glycol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, saccharin, sodium saccharin, and triclosan. These are just some of the most common, but they are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. One type of ingredient commonly found in cosmetics is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a chemical that is a product of petroleum distillation. A small amount of formaldehyde is permitted in cosmetics products because it is considered a preservative, and because it is “natural”, there is no requirement for FDA approval of the concentration of formaldehyde in the cosmetic product son 3CE.
Most of the ingredients that are commonly included in cosmetics are chemical compounds that are known to cause the skin to become dry, irritated, and inflamed. However, not all the ingredients that make up cosmetics are necessarily safe for you to use. One of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics products is parabens. Parabens are commonly used as preservatives, and despite being proven to be toxic in excessive doses, are still included in some cosmetics.
Another group of chemicals commonly included in cosmetics products are the antibacterial agents. Antibacterial lipsticks and lotions are often used to help reduce the look of scars caused by stretch marks. Unfortunately, these chemicals are also harmful to your health. They can irritate the skin and may result in the development of acne.
The most common ingredients found in cosmetics products that are actually toxic to your health include zinc oxide and mineral oil. Zinc oxide and mineral oil are petroleum-based ingredients, and although they make lipsticks and lotions look good, they interfere with your skin’s natural production of natural oils. Not only do they clog the pores on your skin, but zinc oxide and mineral oil are considered to be skin irritants. The effects of zinc oxide and mineral oil have on your skin include: drying out your skin; causing breakouts; and irritating the surface of your skin.
In addition to the above chemicals, synthetic pigments and fragrance additives can also be found in cosmetics. Synthetic pigments are made from zinc, iron oxides, and other elements that occur naturally. Some of the most commonly used color additives are: FD&C colors; PABA; dyes; and mercury.