Parabens and formaldehyde are commonly used preservatives in makeup, lotions, and deodorant. Triclosan use as an antibacterial in soaps and lotions has increased but its value in personal care products has been questioned. It has been identified as an endocrine disruptor and appears to increase allergy.
Cosmetics - Perfume, mascara, liner, blush, anti-aging creams, skin lighteners, nail polish/remover
Chemical(s) of Concern: fragrance, phthalates and preservatives such as parabens, formaldehyde and methylisothiazolinone.
Alternatives: Limit use and look for products with plant-based ingredients; parabens-free; unscented or natural essential oils
Hair dyes, soaps, shampoo, hairsprays, hair straighteners , lotions, deodorants
Chemical(s) of Concern: triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates
Alternatives: products labeled ‘phthalate-free’, ‘paraben-free’ and/or “EU Compliant”; use unscented products
Link: Hair dyes, soaps, shampoos (HHS Household Products Database)
It is important to prevent sunburn and sun overexposure to maintain healthy skin and a lower cancer risk. The best way to do this is by covering up with a hat and shirt during the hottest part of the day. Sunscreen plays a valuable role however, not all sunscreens block the harmful UV rays. All sunscreens need to be reapplied after going in the water; some sunscreens contain chemicals that have been linked to endocrine disruption.
Chemical(s) of Concern: PABA (para-aminobenzone); oxybenzone; avobenzone
Alternatives: Use broad spectrum SPF 30 products based on zinc oxide and titanium; limit exposure to early or late in the day; use protective clothing
Playing it Safe in the Sun (CTDPH)