Beauty products play a major role in every woman\u2019s life, from prepubescent breakouts to\u00a0anti-wrinkle\u00a0moisturizers. Beauty products are used to alleviate and rejuvenate our skin, with the ultimate goal being to keep it healthy. That\u2019s why so many people are surprised to learn just how harmful certain\u00a0skin care products\u00a0can be. A staggering number of beauty products and formulas contain dangerous toxins that would otherwise go undetected. So to help you make smarter, more informed choices when it comes to your beauty regimen I\u2019ve compiled a list of 6 common ingredients you should avoid at all costs.Parabens\u00a0\u2013 this is a preservative used to keep bacteria from growing in beauty products and\u00a0makeup, which sounds great on the surface but actually has an increased risk of breast cancer because of its properties.Pthalates\u00a0\u2013 these chemicals are used to make products softer and more elastic, which makes application easier but also lead to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive birth defects. They unfortunately aren\u2019t always listed in \u201cingredients\u201d but are most commonly found in\u00a0deodorants, perfumes\/colognes, moisturizers\/lotions, nail polish and hairsprays.Triclosan \u2013 this is most commonly found in soaps, toothpastes and deodorants and are known to disrupt both the thyroid and reproductive hormones. Studies have also linked them to bacteria becoming less receptive to anti-biotics.Sodium lauryl sulfate\/Sodium laureth sulfate\u00a0\u2013 these chemicals are unfortunately present in over 90% of hygiene and beauty products. \u00a0They\u2019re found most frequently in mascara, shampoo, body wash, and\u00a0acne treatment. They irritate the skin, lungs and eyes and have been known to cause problems like kidney failure and respiratory issues.Formaldehyde \u2013 this is another preservative toxin intended to prevent bacteria growth, but actually is dangerous for the immune system and has been linked to nasal cancer. It\u2019s present in nail polishes, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, cleansers and eyeshadows.Propylene glycol \u2013 this is commonly used to enhance moisturizers but can cause dermatitis and hives. It\u2019s found in moisturizers, sunscreens, makeup (especially foundations), conditioner, shampoos and hairsprays.This may seem overwhelming, but there are plenty of products out there that will help you achieve your best skin without putting you at risk with dangerous chemicals.\u00a0It\u2019s tricky to narrow down the complete list of things you should avoid.\u00a0 Your best bet is to review the list of ingredients on a selected product and do your research.\u00a0 I find\u00a0Safecosmetics.org\u00a0a great resource for this.Whenever possible, I try to opt for\u00a0clean skincare that minimizes my exposure to the above chemicals. For safe, high quality products that will do wonders for your skin, head over to my\u00a0store\u00a0and use the discount code\u00a0Doctor-IP\u00a0for an extra discount.