Could your fave beauty products *actually* be hurting you?!

We all know the saying "beauty is pain," but there's a big difference between discomfort and danger. Are you aware of what hazards are hiding in your fave products? Chances are, you're using at least one on this list...

1. Bath bombs 
While these fizzy, colorful balls may make bathing more fun, they certainly aren’t the safest trend. According to Allure, the chemicals that make bath bombs smell oh-so-delicious could actually be throwing off the pH balance of your vagina. These products don’t always cause itching and irritation, but it’s important to remember that not everyone shares the same tolerance to each ingredient. 

2. Lip balm
We’ve all heard at least one of the crazy rumors about what scary secrets are trapped in your chapstick, and while it’s safe to say that there’s no need to worry about discovering shards of glass in your EOS, there are still some chemicals to be wary of. Beeswax, lanolin, petroleum and benzocaine are some things to keep an eye out for, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

3. Nail polish
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it might be time to re-evaluate your weekly mani-pedi. Toxic, brain-damaging fumes and extreme flammability are just the start, not to mention harsh chemicals like dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde. While applying the occasional cult favorite color is okay, try looking beyond the major-name brands and find a more natural polish brand for regular use.  

4. Deodorant
There is thought to be a link between the aluminum salts found in many antiperspirants and an increased likelihood of breast cancer. Due to the close proximity between your armpit and upper breast where tumors frequently form, it’s important to scan the list of ingredients before buying.

5. Sunscreen
You’re probably doing a double take on this one. But not to worry, there are plenty of safe sunscreens. Just make sure yours doesn’t include a high concentration of retinyl palmitate or vitamin A palmitate, for if this ingredient receives too much sun exposure, you’re more likely to develop skin cancer. 

Have any of your own beauty product horror stories? Share them in the comments!  

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by Allie Burrows | 6/3/2017