The smart consumer’s guide to toxic bathroom products
When it comes to our beauty and personal care regime, we’ve all got our favourite tried and true brands. But have you ever considered what your go-to products could be doing to your health? The answer might surprise you. We’ve rounded up six substances found in common products that you should watch out for. We’ve also outlined how they effect your health and how to use them safely.
This naturally occurring gas is a preservative in some hair products. Liquid versions are called methylene glycol and formalin.
Safety Status: Health Canada restricts the amounts that manufacturers can use, and it’s banned in aerosols because it’s carcinogenic when inhaled at high levels.
Smart Use: In 2011, Health Canada warned that some salon hair-straightening products (often called a keratin treatment) contain too much of formadehyde. Check with your salon if you get these treatments.
This effective preservative can be found naturally (it’s found in blueberries and carrots) and is one of the most widely used substances in cosmetics. Most companies use a concentration of 0.3 percent or less.
Safety Status: They are not restricted in Canada. They weakly mimic estrogens, which originally led to concerns of a link to breast cancer. No studies have proven this to date, and Health Canada has concluded that they are safe for use.
Smart Use: Worry less about parabens than the alternatives. Stop using any new product if it irritates your skin.