21 Apr Do you really know what you are putting on your skin?
What we put in our mouth, on our skin, apply to our face, eyes & lips will eventually get into our blood, which then affects our liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, lymph glands, and other essential organs.
“Natural ingredients” – Don’t be fooled by this labelling and packaging which is used to get you to believe that you are actually purchasing something that is good for you. An example of just one product is Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser. According to the company, it’s “the beauty of nature + science,” a gentle, soap-free cleanser. It does contain feverfew extract, a natural ingredient that helps reduce redness and calm skin. However that is it, only one natural product – the rest of the ingredients are nowhere near ‘natural’ . One ingredient is “isohexadecane”—a synthetic petrochemical! The list goes on – Di-PPG 2 myreth-10 adipate and PEG-20 methyl glucose sesquistearate, and TEA cocoyl glutamate. The how about more petrochemicals (caprylyl glycol, acrylates/C10 30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, and hexylene glycol).
Please, if you don’t know what the ingredients are then they are clearly man-made chemicals and are not natural.
An interesting site to check out is http://www.safecosmetics.org/ which lists petrochemicals listed in cosmetics, their toxicity ratings and effects.
Below is a list of some common skin care ingredients and their affects:
- BHA and BHT Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
- DEA-Related Ingredients Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to foam nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA.
- Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolindinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in cosmetics. Slowly releases small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
- Parabens Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
- Siloxanes Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and wildlife.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleaners and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
- Triclosan Used in antibacterial cosmetics such as toothpastes, cleaners and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.