Toxins in Your Personal Care Products!
One way you may begin to reduce the toxic load on your body is to be selective on the personal care items containing harmful toxins. There are many resources available for this information and this article merely names a few toxins.
The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that, until now, has had little other than ‘cruelty to animals’ to worry about as a minor obstacle to their marketing campaigns. The safety of beauty products has largely been taken for granted – who would wittingly poison their customers?
So here’s the low-down on what you put on your face and body:
- Many beauty products are not well regulated
- Many use varying mixtures of synthetically produced chemicals
- Many of these synthetic chemicals have not been approved by regulation authorities, but find their way into products and onto shelves through loopholes in regulations
- As much as a third of personal care products contain at least 1 chemical linked to cancer
- Mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products – these have their origins in fossil fuels
Organic products should be certified, but if they are not, another good way to assess their validity is to look out for a list of natural ingredients. True organic personal care products do not contain preservatives – so there should be absolutely no sign of methyl or propylparabens.
A great resource to check out is Environmental Working Group – at www.ewg.org/skindeep
Top 4 Common Chemicals To Avoid:
Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl & ethyl) It’s found in conditioners, hair gels, nail creams, foundations, mascara, facial masks, skin creams, deodorants, sunscreen and hair coloring
- Banned in Japan and Sweden and under review in the UK
- It’s used as a preservative or germicide
- It’s a hormone disrupter – mimics natural estrogens that lead to cancer; linked to breast cancer, skin rashes.
Formaldehyde Used in pressed wood products such as cabinets and flooring, hair straightening or curling treatments, fertilizers, cigarette smoke, and some plastic and paper products. Also a product of aspartame once ingested!
- Formaldehyde co-factors: family; Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium-15, Niorpropane-1, Formalin, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide etc. banned in Europe
- It’s used because it’s a disinfectant, fungicide, germicide, defoamer and preservative.
- It has been linked to ALS and other central nervous system diseases.
- It’s a respiratory irritant that causes chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and nose and throat irritation.
- It can also cause cancer, and has been linked to an increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids.
Phthalates. A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray.
- They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.
- Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances (remember the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law.
- They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.
Sodium Laureth Sulphate It’s found in toothpaste, shampoo, body and shower gels, etc.
- Banned in Europe and Central America
- It’s used because it makes things foam up
- It’s a suspected carcinogen linked to kidney and liver damage, nervous system disruption, eczema and dermatitis
So much to look out for, right? The point is, doing what you can – with what you know, not perfectly, but increasingly.
Live Your Life Well!