The top five skincare ingredients to avoid and why..

in #YourNior Skincare

When it comes to your skin, it pays to be careful.. If you thought that the rubbish you find in highly processed foods was bad, then you will be downright appalled at what sometimes goes into your beauty product!

Ok. So you’re not directly eating it which may leave you thinking it’s not as much of a problem - but it really is! Not only do these chemicals (occasionally) cause irreparable damage to the surface of your skin, but they are also easily absorbed into the body, which doesn’t sound too ‘uplift-ing’, right?! This is why we recommend you take special care to look out for those sneaky red-flag ingredients in all your products... Although just to help you a little, we here at Nior London have made this little list of the top you are best to avoid!


Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene, otherwise (more conveniently!) known as BHA and BHT,  are known as the incredibly harmful chemical found mostly in your moisturisers and lipsticks. With BHA being a potential carcinogen and affecting hormone function, whilst BHT, being the devil behind devastating reproductive effects. However, even worse (and also found to be fatal to rodents), BHT can cause multiple organ problems and blood coagulation. So not quite the friendliest of ingredients, then!

Products that Release Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde (don’t worry even i struggle to pronounce this one properly!) is a known carcinogen and something that most of us would probably like to avoid, so when something is labelled as ‘formaldehyde-releasing’ it doesn’t exactly make you want to smother it on your face, does it? The list of chemical culprits here being; DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. One you need to run away from as fast as possible from!

Polyethylene Glycol

As a general rule, I think it’s fair to agree - anything that is also found to be used in spray-on oven cleaners, probably isn’t something that you should be putting on your face... Yet, polyethylene glycol is exactly that!

Found in millions of beauty products, specifically cleansers, this ingredient is not only considered a possible carcinogenic (so already not off to a good start!), but it also promotes premature ageing  (oh boy, it’s not getting any better!) as It disturbs the skin and its natural moisture. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse...To top it all off (yes - that’s officially the police sirens going off!), this nasty ingredient also makes your skin more vulnerable to harmful bacteria. So we certainly suggest to steer clear of this one!


Eek. So how to put this one gently… Due to how harmful this ingredient actually is, the EPA have actually classed this as a pesticide. Ok so maybe there really isn’t a way - but when this particular ingredient is considered to potentially cause cancer, and also produce dioxin in its manufacture - is there really a way?! As a ridiculously dangerous chemical, Dioxin has a huge list of health side-effects; from hormone disruption, nerve issues, brain haemorrhages to, wait for it... paralysis.


Otherwise known as sodium lauryl/laurethsulfate, and known for being used as a floor cleaner, SLS is the last, but certainly not the least harmful on our list of chemicals to avoid!

Known as a skin irritant, this ingredient is not only corrosive to fats and proteins in the skin and body, whilst being thought to be carcinogenic (aren’t they all?!). This ingredient is also a penetration enhancer, which means it allows other toxic substances to pass through the skin and cell membranes - i wouldn’t think this is something you would like in your moisturiser I am guessing!

So once you take a closer look at  a lot of your usual beauty products, they definitely won’t seem so beautifying anymore. This is why Nior London believe skincare is an investment, and why the products you choose to put on your skin are so so important.  Therefore,  before splurging on your next product, be sure to take the time to check that they are made without any of these nasty chemicals - and be safe in the knowledge your skin and health are both safe!

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