Ingredients to avoid in cosmetics

I also used to think that our skin was a protective barrier blocking stuff, but then as science advanced it was discovered that the skin absorbs 60-70% of what we put in them, and takes 26 seconds to absorb!

“We are all exposed to a cocktail of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors every day that puts us at greater risk for illness and diseases”

Toxic Chemicals in Makeup

So when the time came that I bore a child, and was suddenly feeling responsible for the health and future of another human being, man, I became fully aware, not just of the harmful effects of these products but the “politics” that’s going on between these cosmetic, toiletry and perfume industries and why it has surpassed GMO/FDA standards for public use!

Can you believe it? Since 1938, FDA doesn’t do approvals of cosmetics regardless of what tests it shows! Because the beauty industry is indeed a million dollar industry!

So before we go on with our daily lives being exposed to 500++ chemicals EACH day which would later build up and could potentially cause lead to cancer, immune and nervous system damage, liver and kidney damage, reproductive problems, respiratory tract, premature aging and other long term health concerns, bookmark this page for instant reference!

The problem is that many cosmetics and personal care products contain undisclosed toxic chemicals that are dangerous to your health and are known to contribute to cancer, nerve damage, and infertility.

Common top offenders to stay away from:

  • Lead and Mercury: Lead, a neurotoxin, is found in lipstick, toothpaste(hydrated silica), foundation, as well as sunscreen! Mercury can be found in a cosmetic preservative called thimerosol (used in some vaccinations – possibly linked to increased rates of Autism) and has been linked to nervous system toxicity, as well as reproductive, immune, and respiratory toxicity, according to the EWG’s skin deep guide.
  • Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids
  • Hair dyes, especially dark permanent dyes
  • Liquid hand soaps with triclosan/triclocarban. This chemical can weaken the immune system, cause birth defects and decrease fertility.
  • Polyethylene glycol compounds, classified as known and possible human carcinogen
  • Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde, DBP or toluene (which can be contaminated with benzene)
  • Phthalates, hormone and reproductive disruptors
  • Skin lighteners with hydroquinone. EWG lists it as a possible carcinogen, and mutagen.
  • Heavily scented products due to chemical fragrances
  • Aluminum: Listed as toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic. Aluminum is most often found in nail polish, eye shadow (as a color additive), as well as in deodorants.
  • Moisturizers, ointments and skin creams with petrolatum (which can be contaminated with PAHs)
  • Parabens, which play havoc with hormones
  • Fungicides, shaving creams, hair gels and hair coloring containing nonylphenol
  • Hair spray, gel, mousse or shaving cream that contains isobutane, a propellant that can be contaminated with 1,3-butadiene
  • Sunscreens with UV filters that mimic estrogen
  • Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate, which can cause various psychological and physical health problems
  • Sulfates, which are associated with a known carcinogen
  • P-Phenylenediamine: Also known as 1,4-Benzenediamin, p-Phyenyldiamine and 4-Phenylenediamine, this is the chemical that gave hair dye a bad name. A potential carcinogen, it can also damage your nervous system, cause lung irritation, and cause severe allergic reactions.

Read the complete list here:

  1. Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more venerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrance, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It can act as a “carrier” accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin. It may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma. Fatal ingested dose is one ounce or less.
  2. DMDM Hydantion & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): just two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may also irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravate coughs and colds. Other possible side effects include weakening  the immune system and cancer.
  3. FD&C Color Pigments: synthetic colors made from coal tar, containing heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
  4. Mineral Oil: petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products such as baby oil which is 100% mineral oil!
  5. Alternatives  – Moisture Magnets (Saccharide Isomerate) from beets; Ceramides, Jojoba and other vegetable oils, etc.
  6. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine): hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects.
  7. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): detergents and surfactants that pose serious health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS because proteins are dissolved. SLS may also damage the skins immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. When combined with other chemicals, SLS can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which tie it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain.
    Alternative – Ammonium Cocoyl Isethionate.
  8. Synthetic Fragrances: mostly synthetic ingredients can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.
    Alternative – Organic Essential Oils.
  9. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. Used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. It adjusts the melting point and thickens products. Also used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners.
  10. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol: gaseous hydrocarbons which in a liquid state act as “surfactant” (wetting olagents and solvents). They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs. PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying them in the ground. Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than in most industrial applications.
    Alternatives – water extracted herbs, Therapeutic Essential Oils, etc.
  11. Mineral Oil: petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products such as baby oil which is 100% mineral oil!
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