Known and unknown toxins found in your everyday, even healthy organic brand cosmetics,* soaps, shampoo, hair dye, etc…
It’s sad but true, the fast majority of us suffer from an overload of toxins and no doubt the aisles of the favorite super stores Target, Walmart, Kmart and even famous department stores are lined with brand after brand of toxic chemicals with brightly colored labels and attractive images to catch the eye of every teenager and mother alike. They promise eternal youth and age reversing wonders, lightening, brighten, split end repairing, etc. all the while burdening us with more and more toxins.
- Parabens (menthyl-, ethyl-, propyl, butyl, isobutyl-) – Disrupts normal hormone function, may cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. They are known to be toxic and can be absorbed by the body through the skin.
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) – Hormone disruptor, may cause allergic reactions.
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate – Causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions.
- Hyrdoquinone – In addition to its purposeful use in skin lighteners, hydroquinone may be an impurity in ingredients commonly found in facial and skin cleansers, facial moisturizers and hair conditioners. These ingredients include tocopheral acetate, tocopheral linoleate and other ingredients with the root “toco.”
- Petroleum/Petroleum Jelly – It has no nutritional value for the skin and can interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate.
- Propylene Glycol (PEG) – Known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema, potential carcinogen.
- Formaldehyde – and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used in many personal care products (i), particularly in shampoos and liquid body soaps. These chemicals help prevent bacteria from growing in water-based products, but can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to both skin sensitivity and cancer.
- Fragrance, Musks or Parfum – May contain hundreds of chemicals that are neurotoxic
- Synthetic Colors (FD&C or D&C) – Used to make cosmetics “pretty”. They can be carcinogenic and can cause headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper-pigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation.
- Aluminum – Aluminum is a heavy metal, therefore a poison and neurotoxin. Lead And Other Heavy Metals including arsenic, mercury, zinc, chromium and iron are found in cosmetics ranging from lipstick to whitening toothpaste, eyeliner, nail color and more. Metals have various properties in the body. For instance, iron is necessary for blood oxygenation. However, at higher accumulations, metal may have negative effects. Cancerous breast biopsies show higher accumulations of iron, nickel, chromium, zinc, cadmium, mercury and lead than non-cancerous biopsies. Some metals or metal compounds, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, show little evidence of toxicity. However, when these ingredients are micronized into nanoparticles, they may be toxic when inhaled or absorbed the skin.
- Talcum Powder – Contains a chemical similar to asbestos. Talc can increase the risk of ovarian cancer and may cause lung fibrosis.
- Triclosan – A common antimicrobial agent that accumulates in our bodies and has been linked to hormone disruption and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and antibacterial products. Along with its negative health effects, triclosan also impacts the environment, ending up in lakes, rivers and other water sources, where it is toxic to aquatic life. Triclosan is found in a wide variety of antibacterial soaps and detergents, as well as in many deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics and plastics.
- Phthalates – Hundreds of animal studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, the kidneys, the lungs and the reproductive system, especially the developing testes.
- 1,4-Dioxane – Known carcinogen