Toxic Beauty Products
I don't know if you've noticed but for some reason when you're conscious about what kinds of foods to eat, you become aware of other things that go anywhere near your body. And that's what I'm talking about today-health and beauty products. Since our skin is our largest organ, absorbing everything we put on it, we've got to be smarter about what products we're actually using.
Maybe you've heard about how bad parabens or sulphates are for us but it goes deeper than that. There's a book I recently read called No More Dirty Looks, which explains a a lot about types of ingredients to avoid that are in the majority of our beauty/healthy products. Don't believe me? Just go grab a bottle of one of your hair care products, make-up products or lotions, turn it over and start reading the lengthy list of hard to pronounce ingredients. Beware of those so-called "natural", "pure", "organic" or "gentle" labels as they are deceptive.
Here's a list of toxic ingredients to avoid: Any of these ingredients can be found in shampoo, conditioners, lotions & moisturizers, toothpaste, shaving cream/gel, mouth wash, sunscreen, sunless tanners, baby care products, perfumes, make-up, nail products, deodorants, etc.
Sulfates: SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) & SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate): this yucky stuff is in just about every shampoo and detergent out there because it forms that nice soapy lather we all love. It's been linked to many skin problems such as itchiness, eczema and allergies. According to the ACT (American Academy of Toxicology) it can cause improper eye development in children under the age of 6.
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Momoethanolamine) & TEA (Triethanolamine): these chemicals actually disrupt hormones and have been known to cause cancer. Many shampoos contain these yucky ingredients which may be listed as Lauramide DEA or Cocamide DEA or MEA. Children are especially susceptible to the toxic effects of these chemicals.
Isopropyl Alcohol: this extremely drying ingredient is found not only in hair and body care products, but it can also be found in antifreeze, wood finishers and as a solvent in shellac. Yuck.
Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl) & Formaldehyde: used as preservatives in many products to extend shelf life, it causes skin rashes and allergies. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer as well.
Phthalates: this toxic "plastic" ingredient is sometimes found under "fragrance" in products and can cause damage to male sex organs as well as infertility. Phthalates have even been found in breast milk as humans are exposed to this chemical by ingesting contaminated food and water or through inhalation. Phthalates are not just found in cosmetic and personal care items but in PVC plastics.Continued on the next page