Beauty,  Makeup

Chemicals to avoid!!


Do we ever look closely at the products we are buying? Because I know I don’t!

Recently I have become extremely aware of all the chemicals that are used in cosmetics. After doing some research I am in shock by the amount and types of chemicals that we are putting all over our face on a daily basis.


There are hundreds of chemicals that we come into contact with every day, some unintentionally and some on purpose. These chemicals are absorbed into our bodies without us even knowing. Most of these chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators and human carcinogens – so all the bad things we don’t want to be putting into our body!

There are so many chemicals that you should avoid but here are 7 that you should be highly aware of:

Just reading through these names on this product I have no idea what most of them are – a bit of a scary thought as i use this on my face almost everyday!


Parabens are used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria and yeast, sounds like a good thing hey? Nah not really. Parabens have oestrogen mimicking properties that put your body at higher risk of breast cancer. This can be especially dangerous as your body is absorbing these chemicals without you even knowing.


Synthetic colours

Synthetic products that are used to colour cosmetics are a human carcinogen which means they can promote the formation of cancer. They are also a skin irritant which can cause skin conditions. When looking at the ingredients Mica is a natural colouring that is safe to use on most skin types.



I live for beautiful smelling things, buutttt some are really bad for you! Most fragrances are filled with so many chemicals that can cause allergies, dermatitis and respiratory distress. So, aim for a natural fragrance like an essential oil rather than foreign chemicals.



These are a group of chemicals used in all cosmetic products. They are used to increase the softness and flexibility in plastics. They are endocrine disruptors and have been linked to the increased risk of breast cancer.



Now this is an awful one, have you ever seen Damien Hirst’s artwork The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. Its terrifying and that shark is suspended in formaldehyde. It is used to preserve things like food and other gross stuff.

Formaldehyde is used in many cosmetic products to prevent bacteria growth. This chemical is a human carcinogen and is known to cause allergic reactions and when inhaled can cause respiratory distress.



This is a chemical derived from petrol and is used to dissolve paint and paint thinner… doesn’t really sound like something I want to put on my skin. It is seen on labels as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane and methylbenzene. This chemical can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate the skin.

Its quite scary when you think that these chemicals are in our skincare and makeup we use everyday, I just try to look out for the extremely scary and harmful chemicals that are listed above.

Obviously it is impossible to stop using every man made object out there that will have chemicals in it and I’m definitely not suggesting to move out into the middle of no where, start living off the land and making your own skincare products. It is impossible to avoid every single chemical out there but being aware of what chemicals you are allowing into your home and limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to is very important. Making sure you are aware of the most important chemicals to avoid and to try stay away from them.

And always try to look for natural locally made products that will keep your skin hydrated and healthy without all the bad chemicals that some brands of makeup and skincare contain.


I really hope you enjoyed this article and will find it useful!

Meraki x

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