The Never List

The Never List

Do you guys and girls ever think about the ingredients in your makeup, skincare, bodycare and haircare products? And by that I mean, do you deliberately look at the list of ingredients before you buy a product? I honestly didn’t until a few months ago. My hairdresser always told me to avoid silicones in haircare products, but that was it. My ignorant self never thought the ingredients in all the different products I use could potentially be harmful to my body.

And then I randomly stumbled upon Vogue’s Pregnancy Survival Guide: The Beauty Edition, and I started thinking. If chemicals like phthalates, sulfates, petroleum, BHAs and DEA-related ingredients are potentially harmful for a foetus, how good can they possibly be for an adult? It is true that the effects of those ingredients on health are still being hotly discussed, but the fact that they are up for debate was reason enough for me to investigate further and look at the negative effects different ingredients may have.

So like every concerned consumer I asked Google for answers and Google led me to The Never List on, a comprehensive list of ingredients you should better avoid in products that can be absorbed through your skin. Luckily, Beautycounter doesn’t just offer readers and customers a list, but also corresponding explanations as to why you should be avoiding those ingredients. Have a look…a lot of those ingredients will look very familiar and you’ll be surprised what potentially harmful effects they might have.

This may all sound worse than it possibly is, but just to give you a real life example, my Seche Vite Top Coat (widely available in the UK) has the following warning on the back: “This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm”. Now isn’t that reassuring? Shocking if you ask me!

Now I’m not saying you should throw away all your products right now and start obsessing about ingredients, I don’t do that either. But there’s no harm in becoming a bit more conscious about the products you use. Start by purchasing products that contain fewer of the ingredients on the never list in the future and then go from there. Baby steps right?