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Beauty Buzz: Are Toxic ingredients in Your Skin Care?

Sep 02, 2019 10:54PM ● By Janet Lindsay

by Point Lumineux Staff 


Let’s talk about skin care products and the harmful chemicals often inside of them which can clog your pores and even promote cancer growth. Did you know the skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it? Even if a chemical isn’t so harmful that it has an immediate effect, some accumulate in the body and take a toll over time.  

If you deal with chemicals that are carcinogenic, interfere with hormones (endocrine disruptors), or are toxic to your nervous system, the goal is to minimize this exposure as much as possible. The product selection out there seems endless, and choosing a healthy option for your specific skin type can seem daunting. We want to make it easier for you when deciphering what to use on your skin—or at least what to avoid. Here’s a list of the most toxic ingredients that you’ll want to steer clear of.   



Parabens are several distinct chemicals with a similar molecular structure. Several are common in a wide array of cosmetic and personal care products: ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Numerous studies have been conducted on both sides of the argument about parabens, so the question remains, should we avoid them? The problem with parabens has been identified because they are xenoestrogens. In other words, they mimic estrogen in the body which has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues including the early onset of puberty and reduced sperm count. 



Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils or salts. Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product. 


Mineral Oil 

Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s long been used as a common ingredient in lotions, creams, ointments, and cosmetics. It’s lightweight and inexpensive and helps reduce water loss from the skin. So, what’s the problem? It clogs pores- BIGTIME, it’s toxic (petrolatum) and most of all, it’s not doing anything for your skin. It’s not infusing it with nutrients. It’s not providing hydration that goes into the skin where it counts.  



Phthalates are high-production volume chemicals used primarily as plasticizers in polyvinylchloride (PVC) products. Eight chemicals are included in the Phthalates Action Plan: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP), di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP). Subsequently, adverse effects on the development of the reproductive system in male laboratory animals are the most sensitive health outcomes from phthalate exposure. Several studies have shown associations between phthalate exposures and human health, although no causal link has been established. Recent scientific attention has focused on whether the cumulative effect of several phthalates could multiply the reproductive effects in the organism exposed. 


Now that we have introduced you to a few of the main toxic ingredients to avoid, it’s time to start being a detective in terms of your skin care. Read all the labels and be conscious of what you put on your skin and internal organs. At Point Lumineux, we only use and sell products without toxic, cancer-promoting ingredients. For more information on skin health contact Point Lumineux and schedule a consultation with one of our skin experts. 


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