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The Toxicity of Synthetic Dyes in Personal Care Products

The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as a porous passageway. That is why it is crucial to be mindful of what you’re putting on your body and the ingredients that go in them. Toxic ingredients such as synthetic or artificial dyes can commonly be found in moisturizers, cleansers, and lip balms. While it is common to see synthetic dyes on the ingredient list, these ingredients are harmful to health.

What are synthetic dyes?

Synthetic dyes often consist of coal tar, petroleum, or heavy metals such as copper or lead. Up to 25 synthetic additives are needed to create one artificial dye. A color like purple can require up to 50 synthetic chemicals mixed together. Synthetic dyes may make a product look better, but they are not safe to the human body.

Why does the wellness and beauty industry use synthetic dyes?

These artificial colors have been added to products for the sole purpose of making them more appealing. The color of formulas directly affect how we feel and perceive the product, which is why manufactures rely on artificial dyes to produce a color vibrant to appeal to their consumers. 

What are the dangers of synthetic dyes? 

When your skin absorbs these synthetic dyes, it can lead to clogged pores and inflammation. Most importantly, absorbing these toxins can cause damage to your body further from within. Research has proven the dangers of some dyes, especially the ones made from coal tar given they are carcinogenic in nature. 

What can you do to avoid synthetic dyes? 

There are a sufficient amount of natural alternatives that can be used to create vibrant colors. Opt to look for brands that don’t rely on artificial dyes in their products.

At Detox Babe, we formulate our bath soaks with natural superfood ingredients such as matcha extract, red beet powder, and coconut milk powder. View our bath soaks that are free of Sulphates (SLS), Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Artificial fragrances and Cruelty Free.


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