There are thousands of toxic chemicals used in just about every cosmetics brand on the market, so to pinpoint one as the “worst” is nearly impossible. Phthalates, for example, are used to help fragrances linger in perfumes, lotions, etc, and to take the stiffness out of hairspray. This particular chemical may be linked to developmental and reproductive health risks. Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, has been used in small quantities as a hardener in nail treatments. Parabens are found in shampoos, lotions, makeup, etc., and are linked to reproductive disorders. There are thousands and thousands more.
It’s hard to pick one. I agree with the first answer that it is hard to single out one when there is a myraid of chemicals that are just plain dangerous to our health. Parabens are one of the worst, and they are used to help preserve makeup. To add to the the ones julia06 listed, here are a few that you should avoid:
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