I’ve written about what to avoid in skincare and cosmetics before, and created a handy little list as a reference. The more information we have about ingredients in beauty products, the better. This post on The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from BioClarity gives you the scoop on beauty products. It explains what ingredients are good for your skin, what ingredients are bad, and what ingredients you should avoid at all costs. I really like that each snapshot gives you the lowdown on where you would typically find each ingredient as well. Super user-friendly!

Ingredients labelled as “B” are “BAD”, for example, BHT. I’ve noticed this ingredient in many products – including some sodas. So keep your eye out for it in your beauty products as well as food products.

butylated hydroxytoluene BHT

Ingredients labelled as “G” are “GOOD”, for example hyaluronic acid (I started using this after reading about how awesome it is in Gill Deacon’s book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick).

hyaluronic acid

Ingredients labelled “U” are the “UGLY” – meaning you should avoid them at all costs. Examples include oxybenzone and PEG compounds.

oxybenzone

PEG compounds

Check out the entire list on The Good, The Bad, The Ugly for the whole scoop on beauty products, what’s safe, and what’s not.

It’s frustrating that our governments don’t do a better job of protecting us from toxic chemicals. Canadians – you can take action through Environmental Defence and tell the Canadian government they need to improve toxic chemical regulation.

What did you learn from The Good, The Bad, The Ugly list?

 

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