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Toxic Ingredients in Skincare and Beauty Products

 

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Toxic Ingredients in Skincare and Beauty Products Cosmetics are linked to healthy issues.    Companies and individuals who market their products have the legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products.  However, most of these harmful ingredients stay hidden, because they are unregulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  Living in this society today where cancer, thyroid issues, auto immune deficiency and so many other illnesses are at the forefront, consumers are becoming more health conscious and is taking responsibility for prevention.   

“On July 24th 2012, Harvard University Researchers review of flouride/brain studies concluded that “Our results support the possibility of adverse effects of flouride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment”.”The children who lived in high flouride areas had significantly lower IQ than those living in non or low flouride areas”. Over 95 percent of toothpaste has flouride, it presents risk in early childhood development and it is one of the reason FDA requires a warning label on all toothpaste sold in USA.” Some symptoms from ingesting too much flouride are stomach aches, skin rashes, tooth discoloration, toxicity, diarreah to headaches.  I have eliminated many products from my daily use, the most recent is toothpaste, after doing my research I felt it was best to make “homemade” with natural and organic ingredients, it not only works great, but whitens as well.

Here are some ingredients you may want to avoid in your skincare products:  

  1. Parabens – Parabens mimic estrogen properties that are associated with breast cancer, it is used in a lot of beauty products as a preservative to prevent growth bacteria and mold.   Parabens are also used in deodorants that is used in an area so close to the breast, the chemicals gets absorbed into the breast tissues. 
  2. Fragrance – Fragrance can be found in many products and are associated in breathing issues, dermatitis, headaches, allergies, sinusitis, and can have an effect on the reproductive and nervous system. 
  3.  Phthalates – Phthalates is a group of chemicals that are used in a variety of products including personal care, soaps, hairspray, nail polish cosmetic products.  They are known to disrupt the endocrine system and causing cancer, birth defects, and early breast development in girls. 
  4. Retinyl Palmylate  Studies have confirmed that when this chemical is exposed to UV Rays it creates changes to the skin that can lead to damage, cancer and aging.  Retinyl Palmylate may damage DNA and speed up the growth of tumors on the skin 
  5. Touene – Touene is a solvent and dissolve paint and paint thinner, it is derived from cold tar sources and petroleum.  This chemical is linked to immune system toxicity, pregnant mothers should avoid this because this chemical causes high amount of birth defects and retardation.  
  6. Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde is used to preserve the dead, but can be found in some beauty product such as nail polish.  Some symptoms of when Formaldehyde is present is burning of the eyes, throat, nose, itching of the skin, coughing, wheezing.   In 1980 studies shows that exposure to Formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats.   In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure.   Since that time, some studies of humans have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with certain types of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen.  In 2011, the National Toxicology Program, named formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen in its 12th Report on Carcinogens.  
  7. Titanium Dioxide – Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in nature.  However, this metal particle is attracted to impurities which is chemically treated to remove the impurities to which it achieves it’s white color.  This mineral is used for a variety of products such as skincare, makeup including lipsticks, sunscreen, medications, vitamins,  “wall paint”, and food.  Dunkin Donuts recently removed titanium dioxide from their donuts because of their concern of the toxicity.   Read about it here .  In addition, Titanium Dioxide is classified to be toxic and is a concern for possible human carcinogen, and has been found to increase lung cancers due to inhalation exposure in animals, which leads to a concern for humans.  
  8. Lead – Lead is a carcinogen that is found in hair dyes and lipsticks, although you may never see this listed on a label. 
  9. Hydroquinone – Hydroquinone is a possible carcinogen that is commonly used as a skin whitening agent.  FDA has classified hydroquinone in 2006 as a safe product – generally recognized as safe and effective, however additional studies under the National Toxicology Program (NTP) evaluation showed some evidence of long-term carcinogenic and toxic effects to humans. 

These are just a few, there are many other toxic ingredients lurking in unsuspected products in personal care, skincare, beauty products and also products your consume internally.  We all have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, if we don’t take care of ourselves who will?  Do your research to determined what’s healthy and what’s not.  What should not be consumed,  and what should not be placed on the skin.  The skin is in fact the largest organ, and is a barrier of all our internal organs, it is  what holds us together and protects us.  Whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and is transferred to our internal organs. Make healthy choices, you owe it to yourself.  

Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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