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BOO! Scary Ingredients Hiding in Your Products

Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you, but in the spirit of Halloween, we’re getting ~spooky~. It’s important to stay informed about some ingredients that are out there (waiting to JUMP out from a closet after we told you to not go into the attic to investigate that noise BY YOURSELF, JENNIFER. I think horror movie tropes are hilarious, I got carried away.)


Ah, the immortal vampire known as parabens. Parabens are preservatives found in products like body wash, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, antiperspirants, I could go on forever, but because we’re mortal unlike the never-dying preservatives in our personal care products, I won’t.

Parabens are absorbed through the skin and there are studies that show they can mess with your estrogen, potentially leading to breast cancer. Not today, Satan. Stay far away from this ingredient because unlike vampires, it’s gonna take straight up avoidance and not a wooden stake through the heart to kill this one. Be on the lookout for these common parabens hiding in products, and then run in the opposite direction: butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

The swamp monster of skincare. SLS is a  cleaning agent found in pretty much everything that lathers, so think shampoos, body washes, toothpaste. It’s a filler ingredient and is primarily used for thickening and foaming. It’s not that it’s terrible for you as long as you stay out of the lake near the abandoned summer camp, but this ingredient can be sensitizing to your skin.  


Lead is like the zombie that just won’t leave us the eff alone. I thought this ingredient was dead, but here she is, back again to eat brains. Lead is actually found in a lot of the drugstore lipsticks out there because metals are used in mineral dyes to give lipsticks their color. While the amount of lead in these lipsticks is minuscule, if you tend to reapply frequently you should consider switching to a natural brand. Let the undead dye…(get it?)

Essential Oil

Essential oil is the plot twist killer who has been chill and unassuming this entire time and then decides to murder your entire family. Sure it smells great and we all love an oil moment for our skin, but it’s because of essential oil’s intoxicating scent that it will murder your skin. Fragrances are notoriously bad for skin and most essential oils contain limonene, citronellol, eugenol, and linalool, all of which can seriously irritate and damage skin. While these scents are notorious for soothing your mind and spirit, take care to not put them on your skin because the call is coming from inside the house!

Want to know if your skin is haunted by these products? Be sure to grab your Stardust Kit before it disappears! *SPOOKY*

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