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Shannon Marie Artistry

Enhance Your Natural Beauty!

 Professional & Published Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist - Lash Artist - Tan Expert 

Ingredients to Avoid!

Shannon Marie

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ingredients to AVOID!


Studies show this may be a carcinogenic. Even though I want my hair to smell good, I don't need my face to(unless its something from a natural ingredient).



All can be found in some skin products, nail polish & hair products. They are plasticizers, so they make hairspray/nail polish less brittle. They seem to constantly be on the FDA's watch list, and while not necessarily proven to be harmful in "low doses," I still try to avoid them when possible. Studies suggest that phthalates are hormone-disrupting and are one of the reasons girls hit puberty so early these days. (Pregnant ladies are sometimes advised not to use nail polish because of this.)


is commonly used in cosmetics to give that foaming texture. While the FDA states it is safe in "low doses," I still try to skip out on DEA or DEA-related ingredients, such as--

Cocamide DEA, Cocamide MEA, DEA-Ceryl Phosphate, DEA-Oleth-3 Phosphate, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide MEA, Myristamide DEA, Oleamide DEA, Stearamide MEA, TEA-Laurel Sulfate & Triethanolamine.


Which are proven carcinogenic, & many are banned. Those are not banned have to pass safety tests and are marked as either FD&C or D&C. If the color is safe to be used/consumed  it is accordingly safe for your skin. If it is D&C or Ext. D&C it is only safe for topical application. According to general guidelines, do not apply near eyes or on lips.


Formaldehyde is frequently used in beauty products because it is an antibacterial and a preservative. Also a known carcinogen, so do avoid if or when possible.  Some ingredients in your mascara break down into formaldehyde, which is the main reason we through our mascara out every few months.


A common ingredient  in antiperspirant, due to its ability to plug our sweat ducts(EW!Gross!) It has been known to absorb into skin and behave like estrogen(which means it can foster cancer-cell growth).


Often preceded by METHYL-, ETHYL-, BUTYL-, or PROPYL-

Are all preservatives  designed to make products last longer(instead of something natural like vitamin E). Parabens  interfere with hormones and can be absorbed straight through the skin. They are a big deal in terms of which ingredients to avoid the most if/when possible. Luckily these days paraben-free is every where!