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What's hiding in your beauty products?


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It's a known fact that often we pick up products without actually doing our research and finding out what the ingredients will do to our skin and hair. 

There's a lot of nasty things out there and we're not always certain that every ingredient will benefit us. We decided to knuckle down and take a long hard look at our products to find out what's actually going on in there!

First things first, the more natural the better...

I've heard it said, that the shorter the ingredients list in a food, the better the product is for you. This goes for skincare as well as your favourite dinner. Natural and organic products can have incredible benefits on skin and hair - so why wouldn't you give it a go?

Some people even try to go fully natural by using products such as coconut oil on their hair, skin and even teeth! 

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Things to avoid...


Parabens are a big no-no. They mimic oestrogen and have been linked to all sorts of nasties. According to Safe Cosmetics, parabens can disrupt hormone function and lead to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. 

Opt for paraben-free products like this Clinique skincare.

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Luckily, fragrance-free is becoming more and more popular but there is still some fragranced product that makes our noses wrinkle!

Burt's Bees offer fragrance-free skincare that will leave your face clean and irritant free.

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Our contributor Chloe Connolly wrote about the issues that petroleum has Petroleum jelly, for example, has been linked to carcinogens as it is highly prone to contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Scary stuff!

Natural lip balms are easily found, like this one from EOS. 

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Found in most chemical sunscreens, Oxybenzone also acts like oestrogen in the body and according to Hello Glow can be associated with endometriosis. 

They suggest opting for zinc oxide sunscreens instead. 

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