Buyers Beware of Harmful Skin Care Ingredients
Are You Using Harmful Skin Care Products?
Everyone loves a bargain, especially when it comes to cosmetics, skin care and clothing. What could be more exhilarating than finding something that looks great (on the outside) and is cheap to boot?
Clothing I can understand.
These days, places such as Primark have such dirt cheap clothes that you practically wear them once and throw them away. They will probably not wash well anyway.
But skin care? Well, I would be a lot more careful there.
You see, it isn’t just the surface of the skin we are talking about. Whatever we put on, it gets absorbed by our bodies.
It can go into our blood stream and wreck havoc if the ingredients in skin care products are harmful.
We are talking about aging our skin further, disrupting hormones and in some cases, causing cancer.
Not only is our skin the largest organs on our body, it is also the thinnest at 1/10th of an inch. That’s not a lot to separate your insides from what you apply on the outside.
According to Dr. Mercola, these are some of the harmful skin care ingredients you should avoid:
|Parabens||Heavily used preservatives in the cosmetic industry; used in an estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products.||Studies implicate their connection with cancer because their hormone-disrupting qualities mimic estrogen and could disrupt your body’s endocrine system.|
|Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum||These petroleum products coat the skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of aging. They’re implicated as a suspected cause of cancer. Plus, they can disrupt hormonal activity. When you think about black oil pumped from deep underground,ask yourself why you’d want to put that kind of stuff on your skin…|
|Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)||Found in over 90% of personal care products! They break down your skin’s moisture barrier,potentially leading to dry skin with premature aging. And because they easily penetrate your skin, they can allow other chemicals easy access.||SLS combined with other chemicals may become a “nitrosamine” – a potent carcinogen.|
|Acrylamide||Found in many facial creams.||Linked to mammary tumors.|
|Propylene glycol||Common cosmetic moisturizer and carrier for fragrance oils.||May cause dermatitis and skin irritation. May inhibit skin cell growth. Linked to kidney and liver problems.|
|Phenol carbolic acid||Found in many lotions and skin creams.||Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure.|
|Dioxane||Hidden in ingredients such as PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Very common in personal care products.||These chemicals are often contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane that’s easily absorbed through the skin. Its carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965, and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages are considered extremely vulnerable, making it, in my opinion, a really bad idea to use these things on your face.|
|Toluene||May be very poisonous! Made from petroleum and coal tar… found in most synthetic fragrances.||Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage…May affect a developing fetus.|
So why do cosmetic companies use these list of dangerous skin care ingredients? Well, it’s cheap and easy according to Dr. Mercola
“Currently, there are estimated to be more than 10,500 cosmetic and personal care products on the North American market. Of those products, the Environmental Working Group estimates that 99% of the products contain one or more ingredients that have never been evaluated for safety.”
Here is something that will give you more food for thought:
“The cosmetic industry and their love of loopholes. Some of the biggies are:
“For Professional Use Only” – This phrase allows cosmetic companies to remove harmful chemicals from their labels.
“Hypoallergenic” – No actual testing is necessary to claim that a product is “hypoallergenic”, “allergy-free” or “safe for sensitive skin”. Neither the FDA nor any other regulating body even requires the companies to prove these claims.
Harmful Chemicals – Unless they are intentionally placed in the product, harmful chemicals are not required to be listed. It’s no shocker that you never see these.”
Bottom line, make sure you read up on toxic and bad skin care ingredients commonly found in skin care products and read all the labels before you buy.
If possible, go organic and remember, if you won’t eat it, it is more than likely bad for your skin.
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