Your skin is the gatekeeper to the rest of your body. Whatever you put onto it soaks into the rest of your body; according to scientists, we absorb up to 60% of what we put onto our skin. That’s a frightening amount! This includes makeup, lotion, soap, and even hair care. And there is mounting evidence that the chemicals found in these products (that eventually seep into our bodies) lead to cancer, birth defects and learning disabilities. That puts a lot more pressure on us to stay informed on what ingredients help our skin what ones do damage to it.

Checking the ingredients of our products should be a habit we all have. And to make it a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of 5 nasty ingredients that should never be in your skincare products—and that should especially not be on your face!

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine,) &TEA (Triethanolamine): Let’s call these three chemicals the Trio of Grossness. These ingredients are used as foaming agents in shampoos and soaps. Besides being potential carcinogens, they are skin/eye irritants and have been known to cause dermatitis. They absorb super quickly into your body and should be avoided at all costs!

Phthalates are plasticizers that were nbso online casino reviews banned several years ago from children’s toys but are still found in many many fragrances, perfumes and deodorants. They have been linked to cancer, birth defects, liver/kidney damage and decreased sperm counts.

Coal Tar is a known carcinogen that is banned in many countries around the world—not in the US however. It”s used to create synthetic colors and in dry skin treatments and anti-dandruff shampoos. Coal tar is made up of heavy metal salts that cause irritations in the skin and oxygen depletion.

Formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  It is found in nail polishes, eyelash glues, hair gels, various soaps and makeup products. It’s a colorless, flammable gas that is often used as a water solution, which causes skin irritation, scalp burns, hair loss, and potentially cancer.

Sunscreen chemicals: There are a lot of sunscreen products on the market—and most have a lot of chemicals in them. However, the very bad ones that you should avoid are as follows: Avobenzone, ethoxycinnamate, benzphenone, and PABA. Those baddies are known to damage DNA and cause cancer.