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Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare Products: Phthalates


Man in a gas mask and some text about Phthalates
Avoid phthalates in skincare products


Phthalates are known to be toxic


Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used in a wide range of products, including plastics, men's skincare products and shampoos.



Phthalates are known to be toxic and have been linked to reproductive problems in humans, as well as liver and kidney damage and cancer. These chemicals have also been linked to hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity and cancer development. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has found that low-level exposure to phthalates may cause DNA damage.



Studies have also shown that phthalates can affect male reproductive development and increase the risk of testicular cancer.



Phthalates are also found in many personal care products


These are plasticizers that are used to make products more flexible. Phthalates are also found in fragrances and personal care products such as hair gels, sunscreens, lotions, bath oils and even toothpaste.


It is a good idea to check the ingredient list of any product you are considering using to see if it contains any of the common phthalates, such as DEP (diethyl phthalate), DBP (dibutyl phthalate), and DEHP (di(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate).


The problem with phthalates is that they are often not listed on product labels. This is because they are hidden as “fragrance”, which means they can be added to any product without being identified.



There are natural alternatives to phthalates


The good news is that there are plenty of natural alternatives to phthalates, such as products with essential oils and botanicals, which have similar properties and actual benefits to your skin.



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