Alternatives for Common Beauty Products

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Alternatives for Common Beauty Products
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Let this be the year where you start anew with an eco-friendly -- and skin-friendly -- beauty regimen. Many of the hair products, cosmetics and myriad skin creams stocking beauty shelves contain harsh chemicals and preservatives that do more harm than good to your derma and 'do. Not sure what those ingredients are? This list contains some of the worst, along with healthier alternatives.

Lead
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Lead

Though banned from commonly used items like paint and pencils, the cosmetics world is still rife with products containing lead. In fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there aren't set limits for lead in cosmetics. Found in many top-brand lipsticks, lead can cause lead poisoning, brain damage and cancer. Create your own DIY lipstick out of natural products like strawberries and radishes, or opt for lead-free lipsticks.

Dibutyl Phthalate
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Dibutyl Phthalate

You know that super shiny varnish your nails get after a fresh coat of your favorite paint? Chances are, if you check the ingredients you'll find dibutyl phthalate on the list. Though it has a pretty effect, this toxin poses a threat to your nervous system, says NaturalNews.com. To get that shine naturally, use an organic or chemical-free nail polish and massage a small drop of olive oil onto the nails.

Formaldehyde
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Formaldehyde

The potent chemical most commonly known for its use as a preservative for biological materials isn't a stranger to the beauty world. It's most commonly found in hair products, including the infamous Brazilian Blowout, which promises a straighter mane until hair grows out. Abort this chemical-laden treatment and instead embrace your curls and waves. Use organic and water-based hair serums to tame frizz and fly-aways.

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Diethyl Phthalate
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Diethyl Phthalate

Adding a scent as part of the daily routine may seem innocuous, but using fragrances that contain diethyl phthalate does no good for anybody -- no matter how intoxicating the fragrance. DEP is a skin irritant that is found in many skincare products and colognes that have scents. Replace colognes, perfumes and creams containing DEP with natural oils, such as lavender, jojoba, rose, bergamot and flax seed.

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Propylene Glycol
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Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in moisturizers, including lotions, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, deodorants, hair strengtheners, sunscreens and creams. It's also found in antifreeze and brake fluid. It's been linked to skin ailments such as hives and eczema and causes nausea, headaches and can even affect the kidneys and liver. Choose products that don't contain propylene glycol to ensure you don't suffer from its potential negative effects.

Parabens
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Parabens

Almost any inorganic, unnatural cosmetic, cream or hair product contains a paraben or two. Parabens are chemical preservatives that elongate the product's shelf life, making it a more financially beneficial product for companies. The most common parabens, according to the FDA, are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. The FDA does not regulate paraben use in cosmetics, but parabens have been linked to breast cancer. Employ a DIY attitude when it comes to cosmetics and always choose paraben-free products.

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Triclosan
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Triclosan

Carcinogenic ingredients are no joke, and triclosan is no exception. This antibacterial compound chemical commonly found in cleansers and deodorants has been linked to cancer, developmental defects and is even toxic to inhale. To keep triclosan out of your home -- and out of your body -- make your own soap from scratch and infuse it with natural oils, essence and vitamins.

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