It’s funny how some people I know really care about what they eat, trying to buy organic, avoiding plastic containers, and even getting rid of their microwave and ditching metal forks for wooden ones, but still use some toxic filled beauty products!
The ugly truth is that if big companies put chemicals in our food, imagine what they can do with cosmetics! You should be very careful on which personal products you buy. Like for food, it means getting used to read the labels and understanding the ingredient list. Many substances can get into our body through skin or eyes absorption, if not ingested while being applied to our lips.
Here are some frequent substances that are potentially harmful:
Why: Blocks skin pores preventing skin detoxification. May promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes.
Where: creams and lotions
Why: carcinogen, neurotoxic and extremely destructive to tissue of the mucus membrane.
Where: baby shampoos, bubble bath, deodorant, perfume, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair care products and nail polish.
Why: suppresses the immune system, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens.
Where: any scented product that is not using essential oils. Shampoos, deodorants, creams, lotions, toner, perfume, wipes, hair care products, air fresheners, etc.
Mineral oil and other petroleum based substances
Why: Known carcinogens, blocks skin pores, can cause eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation. Aggravates pre-existing skin disorders. Build-up in tissues and prevent some vitamin absorption from the intestines.
Where: lip balms, lipsticks, moisturizing creams, blush, foundation, baby oil, and lotions.
Why: can liberate potent carcinogen when combined with other ingredients.
Where: sunscreens and other cosmetics
Why: known allergen, estrogenic, increases risk of breast cancer, endocrine disruptor, linked to fertility problems.
Where: As it is used as a preservative, it’s found in a large variety of cosmetics and personal care items.
Propylene glycol (PEG or PPG)
Why: skin irritant, can cause liver abnormalities, kidney damage, inhibits cells growth, gastro-intestinal problems, headaches and nervous system disruption
Where: Shampoos, hair conditioners, lotions, beauty creams, deodorants, baby wipes, food, etc.
Why: Accumulates in the body creating liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system damage.
Where: perfumes, air freshener, hair care products, deodorant, nail polish, lotion, etc.
Where: lipstick, mascara, baby soap, eye shadow, etc.
Why: lung damage
Where: hair care products
Why: carcinogen, rat poison ingredient!
Where: toothpaste, drinking water with added fluoride
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES)
Why: strong skin irritant, carcinogen liberation when mixed with some other ingredients, can cause mutagenic effects, especially on eye tissues. One drop of SLS can stay in the tissues for up to 5 days.
Where: Shampoos, hair conditioners, body wash, liquid soaps, toothpaste, facial cleaners, and most foaming cosmetics
So next time you’re in need of a good shampoo or a moisturizing cream, think about it and avoid those ingredients.