The FDA does not regulate cosmetics, so there is the potential for toxins to be hiding in your skincare products. Expert nutritionist and skincare guru Ginger Hodulik Downey, MS, CNS, lists some of these ingredients. Parabens are used as preservatives…sulfites are used as foaming agents…phthalates are used to give a smooth glide to products. All of these ingredients are known to cause endocrine disruption and cancer. Though these ingredients are said to be safe in very small doses, people often use a variety of these substances every day, leading to an unwelcome cumulative effect. The alternative is to use a safe and nontoxic alternative.