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Five Ingredients to Avoid When Buying Summer Skin Care Products

Reading the ingredients labels on cosmetics can feel like reading Russian, so it’s no surprise that most of us don’t check what’s in our skin care products before we toss them into our shopping cart or rub them on our faces. But if you’re not checking out what’s in your beauty products, maybe it’s time. For years, major cosmetics companies have been inserting potentially dangerous chemicals into their products, erring on the side of cost savings rather than focusing on their customers’ health. Now that summer’s here – along with the prospect of a new, seasonal skin care regimen – flip that bottle over and see what’s really inside your beauty products. Preservatives Many skin care products contain preservatives, such as parabens, to lengthen their lifespan and kill bacteria. Because they’re cheap, cosmetics companies use ethyl-, methyl-, butyl- and propl- parabens, but thes...

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