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Do you read the labels of your toiletries?

on May 20, 2012

I remember when I was in primary school, I had a science practical and had to bring wrappers with “ingredients list”. Back then I had no idea what the ingredients on the wrappers meant. When I got older, of course I learnt that ingredients list refers to the ingredients that were used in making the product. But did you know ingredients are listed according to their concentration in the product? Ingredients are listed in descending order, this means that the ingredient listed first is present in largest quantity while the ingredient listed last is present in the least quantity.

Do you read your products’ labels?

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Perhaps the next question one would ask is what should you look out for?

For a start, look out for these ingredient names – Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl and Butyl Paraben. These compounds are used to inhibit microbial growth in daily toiletries (shampoo, moisturizers, shaving gel, cleansers…) to extend the shelf life of the products. Although current scientific literature does not support the claim that these compounds are toxic, low concentrations of parabens were reportedly found in tumors of breast cancer patients. Furthermore, some studies suggest that the application of methylparaben on the skin may react with UV light resulting in skin aging and DNA damage. Parabens can cause skin irritation and rosacea in those with paraben allergies.

Do you really want to expose yourself to such risks?

Have a look at what’s in your toiletries today!

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3 responses to “Do you read the labels of your toiletries?

  1. Jzin Tan says:

    good reminder! just like food labels, we ought to read labels on our toiletries too. prevent the “junk” from irritating our outsides

  2. Jzin Tan says:

    i do read labels btw. A good book to read is Paula Begoun’s “Don’t Go to the Cosmetic Counter without me” or check out http://www.cosmeticscop.com/

  3. good to know! i’m not the only “yim jim” person around. hehe

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