What: HYDROQUINONE Antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin bleaching agent, hair colorant. Where: Skin care, anti-aging, sunscreen and hair color. Banned in Canada and the EU and rates a 10 in toxicity in the EWG's Skin Deep database. Why: Immune system and respiratory toxicant; probable neurotoxin; possible carcinogen; irritant; animal studies show endocrine disruption.
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Shopping for natural, organic, cruelty free or vegan cosmetics can be a difficult task in todays market place. The terms are often used improperly or obscure. You never know what to believe or how to decipher it all. Once and for all the terms are demystified. The words "natural", "organic" and "vegan" are not properly regulated on personal care products so you cannot trust them.