7 Common Ingredients In Skincare To Avoid

Without looking, can you name all the ingredients in your everyday beauty products?

Before I began Noche, I couldn't even pronounce the ingredients in the products that I was using every day. On top of that, I had no idea what they even were.

It can be difficult to understand what the ingredients in your products are and what they do. That's why I've come up with a list of 7 common skincare ingredients to avoid. I want to make life easier for you so you can shop with confidence when you're looking for your next beauty product.

1. Parabens

Parabens are used as preservatives in makeup, skincare, haircare, and other cosmetics. Studies suggest that parabens are actually harmful and can cause damage and irritation to your skin.

 2. Polyethylene Glycols

Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs) are used to help enhance the absorption of ingredients into your skin. The problem with PEGs is that they contain impurities that will also get absorbed into your skin and can cause irritation and even severe hypersensitivity reactions.

3. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound that is often used in cosmetics and lotions as a preservative and way to prevent bacterial contamination. The issue with formaldehyde is that it can cause allergic reactions to the skin which can lead to inflammation, irritation, and skin sensitization.

4. Phthalates

Phthalates are used to increase the longevity of products. They are also found in many fragrances as they can be used to help make scents last longer.

Unfortunately, phthalates can actually mess with your hormones and result in long-term negative effects.

5. Diethanolamine

Diethanolamine (DEA) is used in cosmetics to make them creamy or foamy, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Continuous use of DEA can cause mild to moderate irritation to the skin and eyes.

6. Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that you can find in many cosmetics and even some soaps. Sounds good, right? So what's the problem? Triclosan has been linked to numerous health problems, resulting in contact dermatitis, skin irritation, and allergic reactions.

7. Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is an organic compound that is highly effective in slowing the absorption of harmful UV rays into our skin. Sounds good too, right? Wrong. Oxybenzone has a lot of negative side effects. It can cause skin allergies, eye irritation, and hormone disruption.


Though these chemicals can cause numerous problems for your skin, you'd be surprised as to how common they are used in everyday beauty products. Using skincare products that contain these ingredients may counteract with what you're actually trying to achieve - healthy, radiant skin.

Next time you're looking to add new beauty products to your daily regime, make sure to check the list of ingredients on the back first.

You can also shop our collection of skincare products that are always paraben-free, cruelty-free, and esthetician recommended.


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