With the beauty industry so loosely regulated, it’s imperative to be proactive when choosing what products we put on our skin. Consumers are mislead to believe that just because an item is packaged and on a shelf, it’s “safe” to use… but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Certain ingredients and materials commonly used in beauty products and tools contain notorious irritants that can cause reactions and aggravate allergies. What’s more, many ingredients in cosmetics have been linked to certain diseases and are even known to be carcinogenic. It’s scary stuff, but the good news is, you can easily avoid these toxic materials simply by knowing what to look for. While this list is by no means extensive, here are some of the major skin irritants to watch out for.