Toxins in Your personal care products

One way you may begin to reduce the toxic load on your body is to be selective about personal care items containing harmful toxins. There are many resources available, here are a few starting points.

The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that, until now, has had little other than “cruelty to animals” to worry about as a minor obstacle to their marketing campaigns. The safety of beauty products has larely been taken for granted.

The low-down on what you put on your face and body:

  • Many beauty products are not well regulated
  • Many use varying mixtures of synthetically produced chemicals
  • Many of these synthetic chemicals have not been approved by regulation authorities, but find their way into products and onto shelves through loopholes in regulations
  • As much as a third of personal care products contain at least 1 chemical linked to cancer
  • Mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products – these have their origins in fossil fuels

Top 4 chemicals to avoid and why:

  1. Sodium laureth sulphate – banned in Europe and Central America
  • It’s used because it makes things foam
  • It’s found in toothpaste, shampoo, body and shower gels, etc
  • It’s a suspected carcinogen linked to kidney and liver damage, nervous system disruption, exzema and dermatitis.
  1. Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl) – Banned in Japan and Sweeden and under review in UK
  • It’s used as a preservative or germicide
  • It’s found in conditioners, hair gels, nail creams, foundations, mascara, fasial masks, skin creams, deodorants, sunscreen, and hair coloring
  • it’s a hormone disrupter – mimics natural estrogens that lead to cancer; linked to breast cancer, skin rashes
  1. Formaldehyde family -  Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternuym-15, Nitorpropane-1, Formalin, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide etc. banned in Europe
  • It’s used because it makes plastic soft
  • It’s found in nail polish, hair-straighteners and sprays, body lotions and deodorants
  • It’s a carcinogen linked to birth defects, lowered sperm counts, damage to reproductive organs, lung, liver, and kidney cancer

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