Are the products you reach for to beautify your hair, your skin, your nails and your face actually making you age faster?
Sadly the answer is yes, but even worse, many ingredients in these products are causing some very serious health issues.
The good news is that you can easily avoid this carcinogenic mess, by reading the labels.
Take a look at the ingredient list for Chapstick.
arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax
Chapstick has 6 out of the 12 “Dirty Dozen” ingredients….do you really want such a toxic mess on your lips?
Read on to learn more about the Dirty Dozen, 12 ingredients you want to avoid at all cost. If this doesn’t motivate you to change your buying habits…nothing will.
FD & C Pigments – made from coal tar, animal studies show almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
Fragrance – If you see this word listed anywhere on the ingredient list, then you know that there are synthetic ingredients in the product. (the FDA allows the word Fragrance to be used in place of actual ingredients to protect the fragrance formula, even the most expensive perfumes use synthetic ingredients) Symptoms reported to the FDA include, dizziness, rash, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavioral changes. Fragrance is found in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby products.
Polyothelene glycol (PEG) an ingredient in antifreeze and break fluid, it is carcinogenic and an endrocrine disrupter. PEG’s also pull moisture out of your skin causing dehydration, which strips the skin of it’s Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – used in most cosmetics, tooth
paste, hair conditioners, and 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. Considered one of the MOST DANGEROUS of all ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS can cause skin layers to separate and inflame due to its protein-denaturing properties. When SLS is combined with other chemicals it can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens that cause the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate-contaminated food. According to the American College of Toxicology report, SLS stays in the body for up to 5 days. Other studies show that SLS easily penetrates the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. SLS also increases the absorption of other chemicals.
Propylene Glycol (PG) – a surfactant, it is the active component in anti-freeze. It is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after shave, deodorants, mouthwash, toothpaste, and is even used in food processing. The EPA requires workers who handle (PG) to wear protective gloves, clothing and eye goggles. The Material Safety Data sheet on (PG) warns of brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Oddly enough there is no warning on products such as stick deodorant, where the (PG) is greater than most industrial applications. (most breast cancer is in the upper quadrant of the breast, closest to where deodorant is applied)
Parabens – (namely ethyl-, methyl-, propyl-, and butylparabens) are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products. They produce a positive estrogenic response on uterine tissue. They accumulate in the body and can migrate into the bloodstream. (99% of breast cancer tissue contains parabens)
Phlatates –added to PVC to make products soft. Found in children’s toys, vinyl floors, wallpaper, shower curtains, vinyl bibs, cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and nail polish.
Bisphenol A or BPA – found in water bottles, cosmetic bottles, and canned goods. Studies show that even at extremely low doses, it can exert estrogenic effect on cells. It is linked to prostate and mammary gland cancers, and early onset of puberty and reproductive organ defects.
DEA (dienthanalomine), MEA (monoethanolamine) & TEA (meathanolamine)
On ingredient list look for names like Cocamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA and so on. These are hormone-disrupting chemicals, known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. Found in products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers. Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at the University of IL says “Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in major increase in the incidence of two cancers – Liver and Kidney cancers.
Triclosan – used in anti-bacterial soap and mouthwash. It suppresses the immune system and is suspected of causing cancer. Can cause skin irritation, but since it can temporarily deactivate the sensory nerve endings, contact with it often causes little or no pain. Stored in the body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the kidneys, liver, and lungs, and can cause paralysis, sterility, suppression of immune function, brain hemorrhages, decreased fertility and sexual dysfunction, heart problems and coma. Boston based microbiologist Laura McMurray and colleagues at the Tufts University School of Medicene says that “triclosan is capable of forcing the emergence of “superbugs” that cannot be killed.
Isopropyl Alcohol – Petroleum derived and is used in anti-freeze. Thought to destroy intestinal flora, which leaves your body open to parasites and candida.
Mineral Oil – a petroleum by product that coats the skin like plastic wrap, which stands in the way of the skins natural function of releasing toxins from the body. It also slows natural cell development. (baby oil is 100% mineral oil) Used in many cosmetics because it is a cheap filler that does not spoil.
Petrolatum – Petro chemical that contains carcinogens. It too prevents skin from taking in oxygen and from perspiring waste.
Talc – Used in make-up, baby and adult powders. Has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. Similar in effect on the lungs as asbestos.
Instead of getting angry at these companies for taking advantage of you, let your actions speak loud and clear. If enough of us change our buying habits there will be a change for the better.
You can go to www.safecosmetics.org to learn more
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