Expert nutritionist and skincare guru Ginger Hodulik Downey, MS, CNS, discusses the effects of the toxins in beauty products as well as what we can do to avoid them. These harmful chemicals can disrupt metabolism and blood sugar levels and, in some cases, even cause cancer. Consumers need to take a good look at the chemicals they are using, read the labels and avoid the harmful ones. You don’t need to stop using these beauty products, she counsels…just be mindful about the products that you use. Phthalates, parabens, petroleum and artificial colors and fragrances are just some of the ingredients to avoid. Research suggests that these substances even may cause cancer, so it is crucial to be on the lookout and avoid them.