Harsh Chemicals in Your Beauty Products

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Harsh Chemicals in Your Beauty Products

The Environmental Working Group study shows that most people use 10 personal care products every day, within these 10 products there is an average of 126 different ingredients.

The federal cosmetics law was written over 70 years ago to protect the consumer. Since then, only 8 of 10,000 plus ingredients have been banned. This is compared to the EU who banned 12,000 plus.

Hard to pronounce chemicals are always a dead giveaway.

Anything synthetic or artificial ingredients will list only 1 or 2 ingredients. In reality there can be thousands of different chemicals in that one name.


Never use skin or hair products with these ingredients:

Sulfates are salts formed with acid or petroleum. They also come from plant sources like coconuts or palm but unless labeled they probably come from the former.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a very common ingredient in shampoo. They damage skin and hair by making in brittle and weaken the skin it touches.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a mutagen that has toxic effects on the body.

Parabens is a preservative used to prevent bacteria growing in cosmetics and shampoos. Anything that has water in it needs preservatives. These chemicals can mimic the hormone estrogen. These Parabens have been linked to the increase growth of breast cancer cells.

Sodium Chloride is just salt but dries and damage skin.

Polyethylene Glycols is made from petroleum. It can be toxic to humans and will clog pores. It interferes with your skins natural ability to release toxins.

Petrolatum is a chemical that is used to trap moisture. This chemical also traps other dangerous chemicals in your body. Petrolatum will eventually dry out your skin.

Mineral Oil is another petroleum made product. Mineral oil is very common in skin products. It will clog your pores and interfere with your skins natural ability to release toxins.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) are emulsifiers, emulsifiers help blend oil and water. These two have caused cancer in animals.

Formaldehyde is very harmful and will absorb through the skin. This is used as a preservative also known as quaternuim-15. Formaldehyde causes many forms of cancer.

Alcohol isn’t bad but it can dry out or hair/skin.

Synthetic fragrance and colors (phthalates) these can come from petroleum and harsh chemicals. These have been linked to many cancers. They get can get in breast milk and be given to your baby.

Dimethicone is a plastic that coats your hair or skin to get it a shiny look. This can vlog pores and cause damage to your hair.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is coconut oil with added chemicals like dimethylaminopropylamine this causes many skin conditions.

Triclosan is banded in soaps but is in toothpaste, lotions, shampoos etc... This chemical causes cancer, hormone issues and can harm your baby in the womb.

Retinyl Palmitate is a form vitamin A this one is a 50/50 toss up used right in can be a benefit. Used incorrectly it can cause skin damage, organ toxicity, cancer cells, and reproductive issues. It is best that to use it at all.

Butylated Hydoxyanisole (BHA) is a food preservative that shows up in many skin care products. This chemical causes cancer.

Aluminum is a toxic metal that acts like estrogen when it enters the body. It is highly involved in producing cancer breast cells.

Phthalates are salts or plastic chemicals. This chemical can damage your reproductive system.

Toluene is a very dangerous chemical. It can damage your immune system, cause numbness in hands and feet. It can cause kidney and liver damage. This is known to damage your reproduction system and the baby in the womb.

Talc is not bad if used for external only. This is the main ingredients in body powders and can give you ovarian cancer. Also, it can cause lung issues if inhaled.

Lead is used in colorants once thought it could not be absorbed through skin, now studies show in can. Lead poisoning can cause neurologic changes and abdominal pain. This colorant is found in lipstick, makeup and whitening toothpastes.

Chemicals in sunscreens are like sponges and absorbs the sun’s rays. These sunscreens cause chemical burns and skin cancer. Try to use natural physical sunscreens.

Skin lightning creams use a chemical called hydroquinone is a known carcinogen that causes many cancers.

Dioxane is a known carcinogen and is found in many baby products, anti-aging, lotions, and more.

There are many more chemicals that are dangerous to your health. Remember there are only a few things that you cannot eat that you can put on your skin. Check all the ingredients on the products that you use.

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