Why Reading Your Skincare Ingredients is Important

by: Dominique Flournoy

Hey Beauties! We hope you are staying safe out there. As our faithful beauties know, The Butter Bar Skincare is an all-natural skincare company.  What does that mean? Glad you asked beauties. We use natural ingredients containing absolutely zero chemicals. We urge you beauties to always be careful when it comes to shopping for your skincare. There are some products that contain certain may do the trick quick momentarily but may cause long term consequences for your skin.


Whether it’s a drugstore moisturizer or a high quality based moisturizer from an upscale spa, the first thing you need to look at for any cosmetic product you buy isn’t the claims or product description—it’s the ingredient list.


Every skincare product should have its full ingredients listed on the packaging. If not listed on the actual tube or jar, it might be on the outer carton (also check for peel-back or “accordion-style” stickers, which are common on makeup products that come in small containers). Regardless, it should be somewhere you can easily find it—you shouldn’t have to dig for the information online or elsewhere.

Below is a list of Ingredients that you should look out for before purchasing your skincare: 

  • 1,4-Dioxane - Exposure to high amounts of vapors of 1,4-dioxane produces eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as liver and kidney damage. Deaths have been reported after acute exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane. Skin contact with liquid 1,4-dioxane can produce skin irritation and burns.
  • Aluminum Compounds (excluding coloring agents) 
  • Animal Fat and Musk 
  • Benzalkonium Chloride - Both allergic and irritant contact dermatitis start at the site of contact with benzalkonium chloride. In prolonged or severe cases, dermatitis may spread to other parts of your skin. The affected skin may be red, itchy, dry, or scaly, and may also blister or peel.
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) - BHA works on skin's surface and deep inside the pore; it's oil soluble, so it's most often preferred for normal to oily skin prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores. BHA also has natural skin-calming properties, so it's gentle enough for skinthat's sensitive or prone to redness or rosacea.
  • Butoxyethanol - Butoxyethanol is also irritating to the skin and eyes of animals, as it is in people. 
  • Chemical Sunscreens 
  • Coal Tar - It works by causing the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer and slow down the growth of skin cells. This effect decreases scaling and dryness. Coal tar can also decrease itchiness from these skin conditions.
  • Ethanolamines - Ethanolamine can affect you when breathed in and by passing through your skin. Ethanolamine is a CORROSIVE CHEMICAL and contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage. Ethanolamine may cause a skin allergy.
  • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA) - EDTA can cause abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low blood pressure, skin problems, and fever. It is UNSAFE to use more than 3 grams of EDTA per day, or to take it longer than 5 to 7 days. Too much can cause kidney damage, dangerously low calcium levels, and death.
  • Formaldehyde 
  • Hydroquinone - Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color. Hydroquinone topical (for the skin) is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, melasma (sun damage), or chloasma (darkened skin caused by hormonal changes).
  • Mercury & Mercury Compounds - Mercury can also injure your nerves, leading to permanent numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or around your mouth. If your children snuggle up against you, the mercury could harm their developing brains.
  • Methyl Cellosolve 
  • Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazalinone
  • Mineral Oil 
  • Nanoparticles 
  • Parabens 
  • Phenoxyethanol - can cause skin and lung irritation. It's also toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver, and repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage. It notes that toxic effects can occur through inhalation, skin exposure, and ingestion.
  • Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP, DMP, and others) 
  • Placenta Extract 
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG Compounds) 
  • Polysorbates
  • Resorcinol 
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Synthetic Flavor or Fragrance
  • Toluene - With more serious exposure, toluene may cause sleepiness, stumbling, irregular heartbeat, fainting, or even death. Toluene vapor is mildly irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs. If liquid toluene contacts the skin, it may cause irritation and a rash. Liquid toluene splashed in the eyes can damage the eyes.
  • Triclosan and Triclocarban 


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