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5 Common Ingredients In Skin Care Products To Avoid

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So, a recent conversation with a dear friend brought up a great question. We were talking about her using the birth control patch and she made the comment, “Well the hormones just get right in there, directly through my skin”, which made me think about what else might be getting right in there, directly through our skin…you know, the largest organ of your body that absorbs everything? Now I know that we are all likely on some version of the no carbs/no gluten/no sugar/no processed food, (except maybe cheese which I cannot live without)/no artificial dyes/all organic, blah, blah, blah bandwagon, right? But are you still using chemical laden, hormone disrupting, allergy inducing products on your skin? Think about why the birth control patch works. Because the hormones are absorbed directly into our bloodstream! And so are all of the nasty chemicals that you find in many skincare products, (Chemicals you won’t find in any of our All Natural Sweet Georgia Sugar products).

The other thing to keep in mind is the fact that a lot of these chemicals can cause breakouts/discoloration/dry patches, etc., often aggravating the very condition that you are trying to treat. For example:

Ingredients in Skin Care Products To Avoid


This is also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben, (read your labels, y’all). Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in many cosmetics and face and body products. They are very possibly carcinogenic and can disrupt hormones. They are bad, you guys, and things absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times an oral dose of the same chemical, (think about that while you are slathering on your lotion!)


This one is bad but also, (at least to me), completely unnecessary. Phthalates, also know as Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP, also butyl ester), helps your skin absorb products. Do we need help with this? Really? According to this article in, DEHP has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA. And yet…it’s still found in almost everything you put on your body. WTF, EPA?


Almost all skin care products contain some form of synthetic substances and most are petroleum-based. Studies have found that the topical application of petrochemicals in resulted in kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord as well as anemia. Another thing to keep in mind about petroleum based products is that they create a barrier over your skin, essentially “locking” everything in, (good and bad), and keeps your skin from being able to breathe. This can lead to breakouts, acne, skin irritation and unexplainable rashes. Eww.

Synthetic Fragrances

Again, most synthetic fragrances are petroleum based. They are made from cheap, synthetic oils that are meant to mimic actual smells that exist in nature. They can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions and headaches. Why would you want to smell a rose-like product instead of an actual rose?

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

This is an industrial strength cleanser. It also makes lots and lots of bubbles. It’s also really cheap, which is why you will find it in almost all shampoo, soap, etc. Wanna know what else it is used for? Floor cleaner, engine degreaser and it’s also an excellent car wash detergent. It dissolves oil, (and maybe your skin right along with it), it also, according to some studies, is capable of changing the information found in your genetic material. Ya’ll!?! It can literally alter who you are. Don’t use it.

Right now I want you to grab the closest bottle of lotion (in your purse, on your desk, in your bathroom) and read through that ingredients list. Now I want you to compare those ingredients to those in our Sweet Georgia Sugar All Natural Body Butter. You deserve to smell, look and feel great and not kill yourself doing it.

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In case you don’t have some lotion handy, here’s the ingredients list for one of the most popular brands. This product is suggested for everyday use, anti-oxidant enriched and dermatologist recommended.

What did we do before all of these harmful substances found their way into our beauty supply? We used amazingly effective oils and flowers and butters and plants that came right from Mother Nature, herself.

Now, that you’ve all run to your bathroom to throw out all your body products, we need to talk about your makeup. I know, y’all. I know. But we gotta. We need to scrutinize what we are putting on our bodies just as carefully as what we are putting in our bodies. So here we go:


Think about the fact that we generally cover our whole face with foundation. Liquid foundations, (including my favorite drugstore brand, much to my dismay), can include many harmful ingredients, including: propylene glycol, methylparaben, and propylparaben, all of which are considered endocrine disruptors. Why do we care? Because the endocrine system regulates basically everything in our body. These chemicals can disrupt basic bodily functions like blood sugar regulation and metabolism, as well as possibly having an effect on our reproductive health. Consider that our bodies absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin. Yikes.


Like most of us, I have a favorite mascara too. I have been known to drive 20 miles out of my way to get this one certain brand that makes me look like I’m wearing the most lush falsies you’ve ever seen…but you guys? So bad. Most mascaras contain Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, and Propylparaben , which are toxic and can cause severe irritation and rashes. They also contain parabens, which are also endocrine disrupters. They also use synthetic colors, most of which are believed to be carcinogenic. No.


Now I don’ know about y’all, but I reapply my lipstick about 37 times a day. Why? Because I’m constantly rubbing my lips together, eating, drinking, etc. And that means I’m basically eating it off my lips, which means that I am ingesting in. And you are too. Most lipsticks contain Methylparaben, which, as mentioned above, is a preservative used in many beauty products. This chemical has been restricted in Europe because of it’s link to cancer and it can also disrupt the endocrine system, (Again, I ask WTF, FDA?). Synthetic colorants are also used, which have been repeatedly linked to nervous system damage and are considered carcinogenic. We are basically eating this stuff, you guys.

So what’s a makeup loving (OMG, y’all, I love it so much!!), gal to do? Not to worry! I’ve got your back. If you are feeling super ambitious, (which even though I want to, I really don’t), you can make your own makeup. Wellness Mama has some amazing DIY recipes. If you are like me and you are just too lazy to make your own, check out the following organic makeup lines, 100 percent pure, Bare Minerals, Ecco Bella all have amazing organic lines. For the more frugal among us, (like myself), Physicians Formula also offers an organic line. We shouldn’t have to choose between being healthy and being beautiful, y’all, and with just a tiny bit of effort, we really don’t have to.

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