Cosmetic Chemistry 101: Hydroquinone
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.
Do: Buy products that contain natural lighteners such as licorice, Kojic acid and vitamin A or C. All these have natural lightening properties.