Stop the Toxins!
Have you ever found yourself staring into a sea of body care products at a store wondering which one is best for you and your family? You grab the nice looking bottle with the word “natural” on it, but after inspecting the ingredients… YIKES!! Confusing, scary, terms with synthetic-sounding phrases blur across your eyes… what is this stuff? Unfortunately, some of it is likely cancer causing and toxic chemicals that have no business being in body care products!
Did you know there exists very little federal regulation on what types of chemicals can be placed into body care products? Engine degreasers, anti-freeze, formaldehyde derivatives, petroleum derivatives and cancer “suspected” causing agents are allowed. In fact, United States EPA studies have confirmed the presence of 1000s of unnatural chemicals present in the bodies of citizens. And, many of these chemicals are found in personal and body care products. What’s worse is many of these substances carry toxic dangers to humans.
Top Chemicals to Avoid in Body Care Products
A truly toxic skin care ingredient class: dibutylphthalate and diethylphthalate. Helps lotions absorb into skin. DEHP has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA. Also known by the abbreviations. DEHP, DINP, BzBP, DBP, DEP or DMP. Research has linked phthalates to cancer, birth defects and hormone disruption in humans.
• Parabens, including methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, benzyl- and butylparabens
Parabens act as preservatives in cosmetics. Research indicates that they may disrupt hormonal pathways and increase the risk for breast tumors and reproductive problems.
• Diethanolamine (DEA), TEA and MEA
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) completed a study that found an association between the topical application of diethanolamine (DEA) and certain DEA related ingredients and cancer in laboratory animals. Chemically similar ingredients used in personal care products are MEA (methylethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine).
• Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate
Chemically related to imidazolidinyl urea and is a formaldehyde releaser used as a preservative. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.
• Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)
PFCs have caused cancer in rats, may cause birth defects, and may damage the immune system and disrupt thyroid function. Often hidden in cosmetic ingredients with the words “fluoro” or “perfluoro” in them.
• Artificial Color Additives
Often identified as D&C or FD&C with a number, these chemicals are artificial
additives to color products. Several of these have been linked to skin irritation and allergic reactions. Artificial colors have significant potential to worsen underlying
skin conditions such as eczema.
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
Harsh degreasing foaming agent used in engine degreasers and one of the most common ingredients in personal body care products. Dissolves the oils on your skin which can cause a drying effect. Publications in Toxicology journals have demonstrated mutagenic activity due to these ingredients.
• Artificial Fragrances: Often blended petro-chemicals containing multiple contaminants. In fact, the word “fragrance” is often used to cover nearly 4,000 ingredients and most are synthetic, cancer causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been also shown to affect the central nervous system.
• Mineral Oil
A petroleum derived ingredient often used in creams or balms. Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin. While it can moisturize your skin, it also prevents your skin from breathing and slows down natural cell development. Plus, it is often contaminated with other toxic petro derivatives that can cause drying to skin tissue. Moms and dads take note: baby oil is 100% mineral oil and should be avoided.
• Ethylene Glycol
This is the main ingredient found in Anti-Freeze, and unfortunately, it is found in many personal care items. This due to its chemical dissolving properties. It is very drying and irritating to the skin. Further research has suggested links with contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver problems.
Keeping Your Beauty Routine Toxin-Free
Reading labels carefully is key. It takes some extra effort, but it’s worth it to find ultra natural ingredients. Click here to see more from the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database. It’s time to look through your current body care and cosmetics — what ones need to be tossed?
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Have you gone through your family’s skin care products lately? How many products with toxic ingredients have you found to throw out?
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