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Because there are very few laws governing cosmetics and skincare products, many websites tout the safety of potentially hazardous ingredients. How do you know which skincare ingredients to avoid? Some cosmetics manufacturers add dangerous, toxic substances to their products. Shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen often have harmful ingredients like formaldehyde and even known carcinogens like coal tar!

You won’t find any harmful or toxic ingredients at  Mambino Organics. All of our skincare products are 100% safe and free of toxins. We use only the purest, safest botanical ingredients. You don’t have to worry about our products, but you should check all of your other cosmetics and body care items for the following harmful ingredients.

11 Harmful Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

1. Oxybenzone

This high risk chemical found in sunscreen can disrupt the endocrine system and can even cause photo-allergic reactions. Look for chemical-free sunblock alternatives like zinc oxide or titanium oxide.

2. Synthetic Fragrances

Synthetic fragrances can cause endocrine disruption, severe skin irritation, allergic reactions, and can also complicate conditions like asthma. Keep synthetic fragrances far away from sensitive skin - especially babies.

3. Coal Tar

The FDA permits up to 5% coal tar as an ingredient in shampoos, scalp treatments, and hair dyes.  This known carcinogen goes by  many names, and if it makes up less than 0.5% of the product, no warning label is required.

4. Formaldehyde

Embalming fluid in baby shampoo? That’s right—formaldehyde is another dangerous ingredient that’s often added to shampoo, soap, and body wash. Preservatives like DMDM Hydantoin, and urea/imidazolidinyl release formaldehyde which may trigger allergies, headaches, joint pain, or sleeplessness. 

5. Hydroquinone

Linked to cancer and organ toxicity, hydroquinone also irritates the respiratory system. This dangerous ingredient can be found primarily in skin lighteners, facial cleansers, and moisturizers.

6. Retinoids (Retin-A)

Retinol, or Vitamin A, is great for your skin in small doses. However, not all of its derivatives are safe. Retinoids could cause developmental and reproductive issues, so they’re especially dangerous during pregnancy. Stay away from products containing retinyl palmitate, all-trans retinoic acid, and tretinoin.

7. Benzoyl Peroxide & Salicylic Acid

This skincare ingredient frequently triggers allergic reactions and irritates sensitive skin. Benzoyl peroxide can also aggravate skin conditions like eczema and seborrheic dermatitis. 

Similar to benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic Acid is usually used in acne treatments and face wash to dissolve dead skin and break up skin oils. However, salicylic acid often causes  allergies and can interfere with certain medications. It should always be avoided during pregnancy.

8. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Watch out for this frequent ingredient, especially if you have sensitive skin. Dermatologists use SLS as a control in product testing—they determine whether a new product will cause an allergic reaction by comparing it to SLS, a known irritant. 

9. Parabens and Phthalates

These dangerous  petrochemicals disrupt the endocrine system, and can even cause birth defects and cancer. In addition to parabens and phthalates, you should also avoid toluene, benzene, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances.

10. Triclosan

A common antimicrobial agent, triclosan and its cousin triclocarban can be found in everything from soap to shaving cream to toothpaste. Known to cause endocrine disruption and bioaccumulation, this toxic ingredient should never be used by pregnant or nursing women.

11. Aluminum

Absorbing aluminum through your skin can disrupt healthy endocrine function as well as your hormonal balance. Typically found in sunscreen, antiperspirants, or as a pigment in cosmetics, excessive exposure to aluminum can be toxic and possibly even carcinogenic. 

Mambino Uses Only Safe, Natural Ingredients

100% Pure, 100% Plants

At Mambino Organics, we use only the safest, purest, plant-based ingredients. Our precisely chosen and highly effective skincare products are safe for sensitive skin, babies, kids, and moms-to-be. From the fields and the forests to your body, we guarantee the purity of our products by controlling every step of the process. 

Safe Skin Care for Babies and Kids

Our skincare line for babies and kids includes shampoos, bath powders, massage oil, diaper balm, sunscreen, insect repellent, and more. Hydrate, soothe and comfort sensitive skin while relieving dryness and itchiness. Our hypoallergenic  Ultra-Sensitive Baby Oil is free from all irritants and safe to use from head to toe.

Safe Skin Care During Pregnancy

Taking care of your baby starts with taking care of you! All Mambino Organics skincare products are safe to use during pregnancy. Nourish your body and restore balance and radiance to your skin. Our  pregnancy skincare products are specially formulated from nutrients that heal.

Learn More about Mambino

We know which harmful skincare ingredients to avoid, and that’s why we use only organic, ethically sourced, natural ingredients. Would you like to learn more about our skincare products? If you have questions, please let us know! You can reach out via our  website or send a message and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions.

Photo by  Camille Brodard on  Unsplash used under Creative Commons license for commercial use 4/14/2021.

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