We all want to do our bit towards leaving the world a little better that we found it for posterity. And a good place to start is our dressing table! Many of our seemingly harmless personal care products are made of ingredients that are injurious to our environment in ways you won't believe! Here are six cosmetic products that contain non eco-friendly ingredients. Ditch them before it's too late!
Exfoliating microbeads in face and body wash: These days, many face and body washes contain tiny microbeads made of polyethylene, mainly meant for exfoliating the skin of dead cells. What you don't know is that these plastic beads have been identified as a source of marine pollution. These microbeads have found their way into the guts of sea creatures, putting their life at peril. Check whether your personal care products contain microbeads, microabrasives, polypropylene or polyethylene. ,
Moisturisers: Many lotions, creams and moisturisers contain Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), both of which have profound impact on the ecology. BHA can cause harm by accumulating not only in the environment but also the fat tissues of organisms.  Similarly, BHT has been named by United Nations Environment Programme as having a moderate to high potential for bioaccumulation.
Deodorants: Any cosmetic product sprayed out of a can contains chlorofluorocarbons, although environmental groups called for its ban for its ozone-damaging properties. This is particularly true of products manufactured in developing countries. Children are particularly at risk, owing to the risk these aerosols pose to their developing organs. Plus, aerosol bottles cannot be reused or recycled, causing a pile up. 
Sunscreen: It's true that you need to protect your skin with sunscreen before stepping out into the hot sun. But many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, an ultraviolet light absorber. Apart from being an endocrine disrupter, oxybenzone can also cause coral bleaching and die offs.
Antibacterial soaps: Attention germophobes! Check if your antibacterial soap contains triclosan. Already in the docks for causing hormone disruption, triclosan is a nightmare for aquatic life, especially algae. It is commonly detected in aquatic ecosystems, and causes reproductive and developmental defects in fish. 
Nail polish: Your nail varnish commonly contains an ingredient called phthalates that have been causing widespread environmental concerns. This ingredient is hepatotoxic (bad for the liver), teratogenic (bad for foetal development) and carcinogenic (causing cancer). 
Hair sprays: Siloxanes namely cyclotetrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane, are toxic substances that are bad for aquatic health. Like the other ingredients, these chemicals also have a tendency to bioaccumulate, causing a host of health hazards. Cosmetics like hair sprays and moisturisers commonly contain these ingredients.