Have you ever thought that using some of your favorite moisturizers every day can cause skin rashes, allergies, biochemical or cellular level changes!?
Not everybody know what those tiny and hard-to-pronounce words under “Ingredients” on the back of the product mean …
Do you know that Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and benzylparaben) that are used in many cosmetic products as a preservative can irritate the skin, lead to endocrine and fertility problems or even cancer? For so many years parabens have been considered as a cheap way to preserve products such as lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens and deodorants, but studies have shown that some parabens can act as a hormone estrogen in the body’s cells.
A lot of people started paying attention to what they eat, choosing natural and organic products, products without hormones and antibiotics. But what about every day personal care products? Don’t think that if you don’t eat it it can’t be harmful!
New research has shown that parabens can be detected in human urine within hours after applying lotion (containing this chemical) to the skin. This demonstrates that parabens do indeed penetrate the human skin from cosmetic products.
There are dozens of chemicals that could be harmful and shouldn’t be used!
1. Parabens, known as butyl, methyl, ethyl, propyl, or isobutyl paraben:
Used as preservatives in deodorants and moisturizers.
Interfere with estrogen levels. University of Reading researcher Philippa Darbre’s study (in 2004) detected parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors. Unfortunately it’s not enough to prove that they cause cancer.
2. Phthlates, known as Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate:
Found in perfumes, nail polishes and some hair products. Phthlates are used to enhance penetration of skin.
Can lead to damage of the liver, lungs, kidney.
This chemicals act as hormone disruptors and can lead to premature breast development in girls or problems with reproductive development in male fetuses.
3. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)/ Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate/ Sodium Laureth Sulphate:
Used in shampoo, bath products and toothpaste as an emulsifying and foaming agent.
May cause reproductive system disorders, damage to the liver, lungs, heart and immune system. It’s also a severe skin irritant.
4. Petroleum based products, known as petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin, paraffin oil, paraffin wax:
This chemicals are used in shampoos, hair products, anti-aging creams, mascaras, perfumes, foundations and lipsticks.
It’s byproducts of crude oil and may have potential cancer causing effects. They clog pores and interfere with the human body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. It’s used primarily because it’s cheap.
5. Artificial Fragrance, known as “fragrance” or “parfum”:
It’s used in personal-care products to make it smell more appealing.
These hazardous cosmetic ingredients can cause headaches, dizziness, breathing disorders, allergic rashes and other allergic reactions, skin disorders, coughing, vomiting, depression, hyperactivity, irritability, and chemical sensitivities.
13. Propylene Glycol, known as propan-1,2-diol, PG:
Used as an humectant (retaining moisture) in shampoo, body lotion, deodorant or sun lotion.
Extremely toxic! Depresses the central nervous system and may cause respiratory and throat irritation, liver, brain, and kidney disorders, conjunctivitis in the eyes, brain damage, and hypoglycemia. It’s a severe skin irritant.
14. Alpha-hydroxy acids, know as AHAs or fruit acids, including glycolic, lactic, and citric acid:
Used as exfoliants and ph balancers in bath products, anti-aging and face and body products.
May cause photosensitivity to sunlight and increase risk to sun related skin disorders and skin cancers.
15. Artificial Colors, known as Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow-5m Yellow-6 and other:
Some of this artificial colors are carcinogenic (cancer causing) not only when ingested, but also when applied to the skin.
16. Bronopol, known as 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol:
Under certain conditions may cause the formation of carcinogenic (cancer causing) nitrosamines.
17. 1, 2 – Dioxane:
Used in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soaps and cleaning products. Studies: the carcinogenicity of dioxane caused nasal passage liver and nasal passage cancer in mice.
18. Diethanolamine (DEA)/ Triethanolamine (TEA):
Chemical reactions between nitrites and DEA or TEA might occur during the manufacturing process what leads to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are carcinogenic (cancer causing).
19. Cosmetic talk:
Cosmetic talc is carcinogenic (cancer causing). Inhaling talc is very dangerous and using it in the genital area (BABY POWDER!) is associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer.
And this is not a full list of dangerous and possible harmful ingredients used in every day personal care products!!! You may be unknowingly poisoning yourself with this carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals every single day! Manufacturers try to fool us with signs “Natural” or “Organic”, but it absolutely doesn’t mean that the product you are purchasing is 100% safe to use ! List of ingredients – that’s where the truth can be found!