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Print this form next time you go shopping for your skincare products. Labeling on skin care products isn't all that different from food. You don't have to be a chemist to decode a label.

Below are ingredients you should avoid:

Dimethicone
A chemical fat, used in hair care products, face creams, foundations and primers. Ecologically difficult to degrade, pore clogging.

FD&C and D&C Color Pigments
Often carcinogenic compounds, containing tar and lead.

Imidazolidinyl Urea
A chemical preservative, very allergenic.

Hydroquinone
Found as a bleaching agent against age spots and pigment marks, allergenic and highly toxic in many bleaching creams.

Laureth family (sodium lauryl sulfate, or lauryl in the name)
Found in face and body washes, shampoos. A harsh chemical detergent.

Mineral Oil
Often used in lip balms, body lotions, creams. Extremely cheap petrochemical made out of petroleum (covers skin like a plastic wrap). Interrupts skin oxygenation; may cause premature aging of skin.

Oxybenzone
Found in many sunblocks. Chemical sun protector; very allergenic

Perfume/ Parfum (Fragrance)
More than 4000 chemical variations are named "fragrance". These chemicals can cause headache, vomiting.

Petrolatum
Another variation from the mineral oil family; clogs pores.

Parabens (methyl, propyl, etc. - paraben family)
Synthetic preservatives found at the very bottom of cosmetic labels. Implicated in a multitude of health problems, estrogenic, cancer causing, allergenic, found in breast tissue, replicates in DNA, stored in fat cells. Extends the shelf life of products up to 4 years.

Phenoxyethanol
A coal-tar ingredient, a suspected carcinogen. Used often as preservative in creams.

Propylene Glycol
Well known "anti-freeze", found in many skin care products.

Talc
Can contain asbestos, do not use on babies.

Triclosan
Found in antibacterial soaps, face washes and dish wash detergents. Destroys skin-protecting microorganisms and very drying.

Misleading Marketing claims:

Dermatologist-tested
This claim means a dermatologist was within 5 miles of the testing center and may nor may not have looked at the product.

Hypoallergenic
Means absolutely nothing. Some companies test their products for allergenic reaction, but most do not. The FDA has never spelled out exactly what " hypoallergenic means".

Oil-Free
Most likely the product contains 90% water, a few botanical extracts and lots of chemical preservatives to keep out bacteria and mold.

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