What Skincare Companies Definitely Don’t Want You To Know About Toxic Chemicals In Their Skin Care Products!

The skin care products market is so highly profitable that the large companies spend obscene amounts of money on their marketing presentations. Underlying these cleverly put together presentations is a lifestyle which is really what the skin care companies are trying to sell you.

It’s not about the product, it’s the associated lifestyle that draws most people to part with their hard earned cash. The reality is of course that most of us will never have even a tiny taste of that luscious lifestyle and yet we continue to cough up large amounts of money for ridiculously overpriced beauty skin care products. That’s the power of marketing and consumerism!

Behind all those inspiring images lies a terrible secret that you absolutely need to know about. Most skin care products, including the ‘natural’ ones, contain a number of the same harsh, toxic chemicals used in industrial processes. The very same chemicals you are putting on your skin and absorbing into your body!

These sinister substances are known to cause a wide range of adverse health effects, ranging from skin irritation to cancer. This is what the skincare companies have gone to great lengths to hide from you! If Mr and Mrs average consumer knew the truth, there’d definitely be second thoughts about buying many of the most popular skin care products including expensive market leading brands.

So, let’s cut to the chase!

If You Use Skin Care Products Be On The Lookout For These Dangerous Ingredients:

The list below contains some of the most commonly used ingredients in skin care products, which have proven adverse health effects. Because you care about your health you should absolutely avoid any skincare products showing any of these ingredients on the label:

You’ll find this one in a multitude of hand and facial skin care products. Here’s what the studies suggest about acrylamide; “May Cause Breast Tumors” It’s not worth the risk from now on, don’t you agree?

(Ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol)

These are very drying and irritating for your skin. Alcohols strip away your skin’s natural acid mantle, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses. These alcohols may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin.

General Note: You’ll no doubt come across the ingredients ‘Stearyl and Cetearyl Alcohol’ in numerous skin care products. They’re OK! That’s because they are waxes and have nothing at all in common with those dangerous alcohols listed above.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine):
Often used in skincare products to adjust the pH. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. These chemicals are now restricted in Europe because of known carcinogenic effects!

Dioxane: (a synthetic derivative of coconut)
Dioxane is, regrettably, widely used in skin care products. It usually contains high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, which, regrettably, is absorbed through your skin extremely easily.

Simply put, 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical! It’s known to the State of California to cause cancer!

It’s a by-product of the cancer-causing petrochemical ethylene oxide, which is used as part of a process called ethoxylation, which makes harsh ingredients milder. Start checking your skincare labels. If you’ve been absorbing this into your body – STOP immediately!

Incredibly, we’re not done with dioxane yet! 1,4-Dioxane is ALSO suspected of being a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant (brain) and respiratory toxicant, among others, according to the California EPA. It is also a leading groundwater contaminant! OMG!

Whenever you’re shopping and you pick up a skincare cream/lotion, do you immediately smell it? Probably the first thing that most consumers do is check-out the smell of any skin care products they look at. On this note my advice to you is to consider the word ‘fragrance’ as you would a real live minefield. Extreme Caution!

The term ‘Fragrance’ can refer to up to 4000 separate ingredients, yes – four thousand – many of which are toxic or carcinogenic! Many common fragrances can affect your central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and irritability. Since you value your safety, ‘Fragrance Free’ is what you want to see in big bold letters on the front of any skin care products you use or are considering buying.

Mineral oil:
(liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, petrolatum)
This is a petroleum by-product that coats your skin to lock moisture in. But it does more than that – it clogs your pores, interferes with your skin’s ability to get rid of toxins and encourages acne (amongst other disorders). It can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils from your skin causing chapping and dryness, not to mention PREMATURE AGING - the exact opposite effect of what you want from anti aging skin care products!

Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH’s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Guess why skin care product manufacturers use this terrible ingredient? If you said “because it’s cheap” you win! Disgusting isn’t it!

Can be formed in skin care products when amines (such as DEA, MEA or TEA) are combined with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (such as bronopol or quaternium-15). Nitrosamines are known to be carcinogenic! Enough said!

(May be listed as octyl dimethyl)
You’ll come across Padimate mostly in sunscreens – it’s a nitrosamine-forming agent, just like DEA.
There is concern amongst the experts that the energy absorbed by this sunscreen is subsequently turned into free radicals, which may in turn actually increase the risk of skin cancer!

(methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben)
Parabens in skin care products are used as a strong preservative! Studies suggest they may cause cancer and interfere with your body’s endocrine system, in addition to causing allergic reactions and skin rashes. So, next to the ‘Fragrance Free’ listing on your skin care bottles and tubes you’ll be wanting to see Paraben Free’

Phenol carbolic acid:
You’ll come across this nasty one in lotions and skin creams. It can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure. Once you’re in the know, it’s incredibly hard to believe that they actually put this stuff in skin care products where active ingredients can get into your bloodstream!

Polyethylene glycol (PEG):
This is a widely used ‘suspect’ ingredient! They use it in skincare formulas as an emulsifier and humectant. You probably already guessed what it’s suspected of being – yep, the big ‘C’ again – Carcinogenic!

Rancid Natural Emollients:
Natural oils used in skin care products should be ‘cold pressed’. When oils are refined, they are stripped of vital nutrients and they contain poisonous trans fatty acids. Natural oils can also go rancid if kept past their use-by date (hence the wide use of preservatives)

You absolutely need to know about this one (especially if you’re pregnant!)! It’s made from petroleum or coal tar, and you’ll find it in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure to toluene is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and this is frightening – it may affect a developing fetus! Take note of the ingredient name ‘Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)’ because it contains toluene. (Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.)

This is an anti-bacterial agent also widely used in the skin care industry. Would you believe it’s also used in weed killers – it’s true!). There is evidence to suggest triclosan may contribute to creating strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, due to its wide-scale use in skin care products.

Well, there you go! You now know that many skin care products are far from what they claim to be. Don’t be sucked-in and not carefully check-up on the ingredients in so-called skin care natural products, just because they have highlighted words like”Safe”, ”All Natural” and so on. This is definitely no reason to trust manufacturers in this industry! They’re just marketing spin! And , I’d like to remind you one more time – this does include expensive big name brands.

Please make the time to do the homework. The internet makes it a lot easier. If you’re checking products online and you come across a company hiding any of their ingredients behind the “Proprietary” wall of silence, I recommend you to steer clear. What you don’t know about your skin care products today could quite literally come back to devastate your health years in the future. Some of these dangerous and toxic ingredients are just like time bombs - and they’re inside you!

The Skin Care Products I Use And Recommend To You

OK, time to name the skincare brand that my family and I use. Although these are elite, cell rejuvenation skin care products, they’re priced fairly based on the cost of producing them and not on what the market will bear!

What that translates to for you and I is retail pricing less than half the cost of moderately priced international brands but with around three times the quantity of active ingredients!

Super products so pure, you could eat them! I’m not kidding when I say this – it’s guaranteed! That was the brief given to the formulator – make them safe enough to eat! Absolutely no chemicals hidden in these creams! So, for all these reasons I choose this particular brand over ALL the famous brand names in the market (with their ridiculously excessive profit margins and paltry quantities of actives!)

Here’s a direct link to the product page for the guys skin care products. Start your research from there fellas – there’s plenty of transparent product information:

Xtend Life MEN’S Skin Care range

Skin care products for the ladies are on this page:

Xtend Life WOMEN’S Skin Care range

Great Health     Great Skin Always



15 Responses to “Skin Care Products And Dangerous Ingredients”

  1. jo@nutritional supplements on February 19th, 2009 2:28 pm

    This is a fantastic resource. Thanks

  2. Ferdy@Skin Products on May 17th, 2009 6:25 am

    It’s better to use skin care products which are natural based… No chemicals and no harm.

  3. Sean@how to treat acne on June 9th, 2009 10:33 am

    You know its dangerous from the name of the substance itself, I hate using products with those ingredients, I can’t even pronounce them.

  4. Alex@acnezine on July 12th, 2009 1:03 am

    Thanks for sharing this piece of information. I’m really glad that I’m reading it now. I didn’t expect that these ingredients can cause serious problems and I’m surprised that many of these companies are still trying to sell it.

  5. Diet Magazine on July 23rd, 2009 7:47 am

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  6. Samantha@How to get pimples on August 16th, 2009 3:51 pm

    This is just disturbing, thanks for opening up my eyes on these things. I am really fond of getting this and that and squeesh it on my skin. Jeez.


    haha, your right.

  7. kerry @ acne natural treatments on August 21st, 2009 1:02 pm

    If you have an acne problem it really pays to closely check out what’s in your skin care products. Many of the ingredients used these days are petrochemical based and can be damaging to the skin over a period of time. Also don’t be fooled by terms like “plant based”. Glycerine can be plant based or petrochemical based. Both are drying to the skin. Just read the labels carefully. This is areally useful site.

  8. Bob @ acne problems on October 8th, 2009 1:07 am

    Pimples is a national issue especially nowadays that the media teaches us that in order for us be beloved, we must have a healthy, clear, and whiter skin.

    And that is a sad reality. And worse is because there are many health companies who offer people health and skin products but it costs a fortune.

    It is a bliss to find out that there are health and skin product manufacturers who are producing skin and health products in lesser cost.

    I hope that more people will become more interested in their health rather than their looks. And I hope that more people would become more interested about their morals above all.

  9. Michael on October 13th, 2009 12:01 am

    I’ll have to agree with that. Check the bottle, if you don’t understand whats on the bottle don’t use it. Or check somewhere like this blog.

  10. Shelley @ Anti Wrinkle Creme on December 6th, 2009 11:51 am

    We should definitely all keep an eye on what ingredients are in the skin care products we purchase and take the time to do some research and ensure that you will not be putting anything on your skin that could be potentially harmful.

  11. Ashley on January 29th, 2010 11:27 am

    Very excellent posting.. we should read the contents in that product. This blog will open the eyes many people using skin care products.
    I bookmarked this page and i show to my friends..

    Very informative..

    Thanks for sharing..

  12. Chris@Anti Aging on March 9th, 2010 6:33 am

    Natural skin care products are best and I think there is no harm from them. Thanks for sharing this article.

  13. jenny@symptoms of breast cancer on May 11th, 2010 4:54 pm

    I initially came across this blog post when I was browsing for cancer information for an article I’m writing. I was not aware, honestly, that there were such a great number of health concerns out there that people are dealing with! Thanks for the good information.

  14. Conny Manero on April 18th, 2011 11:09 pm

    So what should we be using writer?
    You were good enough to point out the harmful ingredients and you mentioned that even the natural ones can be harmful, but it would be helpful if you could recommend some brands of safe products.

  15. laila on October 30th, 2012 10:19 pm

    hi, i am 54 years old i have a very nice skin i would like to find a product that does not have harmful ingredients. i have been using diffrent products but my skin does not agree with them. i am looking for a product that helps saggy skin. thx

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