Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it absorbs much of what comes in contact with it. This is why using skin care products made with synthetic ingredients, plastics, chemicals and petroleum by-products can be harmful and toxic to your health. These ingredients contribute to toxicity of the blood and organs as they build up over time in your system.
Soaps, lotions, shampoos and other skin care products are not heavily regulated so you may be surprised at the number of chemicals, synthetic compounds, and even known carcinogens found in many of these products. Take a look at the ingredient list on one of your products – do you know what those unpronounceable ingredients are?
Below is a list of just a few of the nasty chemicals that can be found in most personal care items. Some of these chemicals have even been banned around the world given that they are so toxic to our health yet somehow they remain in our personal care items.
Take a look at what is going onto your skin and into your body.
-Petroleum by-product, suppresses normal functioning of skin and clogs pores. Skin becomes more dry
- SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE – Banned in Europe
-Detergent, ester of sulfuric acid. SLS is a surfactant so is found in just about everything that we expect to foam up. SLS is highly irritating and dangerous - but it is cheap. It dissolves the oil on your skin and causes dryness and imbalance. Mimics the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. Found in items such as face wash, body wash, shampoo and laundry soap.
- PROPELENE GLYCOL (PG, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Ethylene Glycol (EG) – Banned in Europe
-Petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents. Main ingredient in anti-freeze. Propylene glycol is also used as a solvent in acrylics, stains, inks and dyes, and in cellophane and brake fluid. It is used in cosmetics as a humectant (retains moisture). Easily penetrates the skin. Inhibits skin cell growth. Provokes skin irritation and sensitization causing dryness, erythema (abnormal redness) and even blistering at levels as low as 2%. Industry allows usage levels as high as 50%
- METHLPARABEN (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl) – Banned in Japan and Sweden
-Allergen, toxic to immune system, linked to breast cancer, skin sensitizer - can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin
-Intentional uses of phthalates include softeners of plastics, oily substances in perfumes, additives to hairsprays, deodorants, lotions, soap, lubricants and wood finishers. Health effects related to phthalates include organ system toxicity, endocrine system disruption, reproduction and fertility, birth or developmental effects, brain and nervous system, immune system (including sensitization and allergies)
- FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES – Banned in Europe
-DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate are used as preservatives in cosmetics and can release Formaldehyde into the product. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and can irritate skin. DMDM hydantoin and quarternium-15 can irritate skin and eyes and trigger allergies
- CYCLOMETHICONE and ingredients ending in "SILOXANE"
-Synthetic, unmodified silicone-based oil. Used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten, these can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs. Suspected of interfering with hormone function and of liver toxicity
-Used as a surfactant and cleansing agent. Not safe for use on damaged skin. Irritant of eyes, skin and respiratory systems
For more information please visit Environmental Working Group Cosmetics Safety Database at: www.cosmeticsdatabase.com