03 June 2014 08:00 | By Rachel Burge
Toxic beauty: Chemical ingredients to avoid

Toxic ingredients



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Look at the back of your shower gel, shampoo, face cream or make-up and you might be surprised at the long number of ingredients listed.

While some of these are harmless, even big-name beauty brands can contain a worrying cocktail of chemical ingredients.

Read on to discover the risks associated with some of the most widely used chemical ingredients in beauty products – and whether you should switch.

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