Dangerous Ingredients You Want to Avoid
Did you know only 10% of products in the U.S. market are considered safe and 10,000 commonly known chemicals are still found in 80% of the skincare brands? Of the 1,300 ingredients banned by the EU (European Directive for Safe Cosmetics), only 11 are banned in the U.S.
Salts Alive is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve and has hired a nationally respected toxicologist to review all ingredients that go into the skincare line. Tiffany Andersen is focused on raising the bar for safe cosmetics and helping to educate the public on cutting edge ingredients that will help restore beauty naturally, from the inside out.
Please do not mistake us for using nano-particles of metal or colloidal gold!
Sub-particles of metal: Nano-particles of metal or colloidal. Health concerns: bone growth and development, learning disabilities, fatigue, poor task performance, irritability, anxiety, high blood pressure, weight loss, increased susceptibility to infection, ringing in the ears, decreased cognitive functioning and concentration, poor spelling, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, constipation, nausea, joint pain and tremors, and overall general decreased immune functioning.
Parabens (Methl, ethyl, propyl and butyl): Endocrine disrupters absorbed through the skin. Health concerns: may alter hormone levels, increasing certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, alters development of a fetus, animal studies show brain and nervous system effects.
Phthalates: Endocrine disrupting chemicals used to make plastics pliable. These are banned in the European Union.
Dibutyl phthalate: Neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor.
Diethyhexyl phthalate: Health concerns: immune system toxicant, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxicant, neurotoxin, carcinogen and endocrine disruptor.
Petrolatum: An ingredient that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may cause cancer. Health concerns: contamination with impurities, linked to cancer, can cause ADD/Dyslexia symptoms, may be carcinogenic, causes dry skin, may cause dizziness and respiratory toxins.
Propylene Glycol: An active component of antifreeze. Health concerns: quickly penetrates the skin, causes abnormalities to the brain, liver and kidney.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: Used in detergents and surfactants, these compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Health concerns: skin irritant, rapidly absorbed into the heart, liver, brain, and eyes. Linked to cataracts in adults and inhibiting proper development in children’s eyes.
Polyethylene glycol: (Pegs) Used in cleansers to dissolve oil grease, caustic oven cleaners as well as thicken products. Health concerns: known carcinogenic, contributes to stripping natural moisture factor, leaving the system vulnerable.
DEA – Diethanolamine: Is a pH adjuster, hormone disrupting chemical and human carcinogen. Health concerns: human immune and respiratory toxicant, human skin toxicant, organ system toxicity, developmental reproductive toxicity and irritant to skin, eyes and lungs, and known to form cancer causing nitrates.
MEA – Monoethanolamine: Hormone disrupting chemical and human carcinogen. Health concerns: known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines as well as organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity and irritant to skin, eyes, and lungs.
TEA – Triethanolamine: Hormone disrupting chemical and human carcinogen. Health concerns: toxic to the immune system carcinogen cancer causing, skin irritant, may affect the brain and nervous system and may trigger asthma.
Hydroquinone: An active drug ingredient that is banned as unsafe for use in cosmetics. Health concerns: immune system and respiratory toxicant, neurotoxin, carcinogen.
Methylisothiazonone: A widely used preservative. Health concern: immune system toxicant, neurotoxicity, may have potentially damaging consequences to the nervous system.
Methylchloroisothaizolinone: A widely used preservative. Health concerns: immune system toxicant, neurotoxicity, may have potentially damaging consequences to the nervous system.
BHA: Used as a fragrance ingredient, masking. Health concern: used as a preservative, human toxicant, may cause cancer.
BHT: Used as a fragrance ingredient, masking. Health concerns: used as a preservative, may cause cancer.
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: Preservatives. Health concerns: slowly releasing amounts that cause cancer.
Synthetic Fragrances: Deodorant, masking, perfuming. Health concerns: trigger allergies and asthma, some are linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
Mineral Oil: Is a liquid mixture of hydro-carbon obtained from petroleum. Health concerns: natural immune barrier, slows skin function and normal cell development, can promote acne and skin disorders.
Should you have a question about any of our approved or non-approved ingredients, please email us and our clinical pharmacist, who specializes in cosmetic ingredient toxicology, will review your question and respond to you within 72 hours.