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Are Your Beauty Products Killing You?

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You’ve probably heard about all the hidden chemicals and health risks surrounding so many of the beauty and skincare products on the market. What exactly are they, and will you ever be able to put on your everyday skincare products ever again?

And when we look at the products created for Black Women a recent study EWG analysis found that 78% of the products marketed to Black Women contained ingredients that were classified as “moderately hazardous” or “high-potential hazards.” The potential hazards were “ingredients linked to cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive damage.”

I’m here to offer you hope –YES!

The key to healthy beauty care is to understand what’s really underneath the lid. While that may seem like a lot of work, you just have to know what to keep your eyes open for.

In an attempt to help with the “hard part,” we’ve put together a list of the most dangerous ingredients you should avoid in anything you buy. By steering clear of these toxic chemicals, you can rest assured that whatever you’re putting on your skin isn’t harming you.

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Some of these ingredients, we are already very familiar with, others you may have to take notes to remember while shopping:

1. Parabens are unquestionably the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They’re in just about any cream you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. The problem is that they can be absorbed through the skin, and have often been found in breast cancer tumors and fibroids.

Although there haven’t been any conclusive studies proving this, it should be enough to make you concerned. In fact, it’s why there are so many “paraben-free” items popping up in the supermarket and pharmacies around the country.

The tricky part is: Parabens can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for:

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