Ingredients that should be avoided for its harmful effect

 

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Is your skin care toxic?

When you put products on your skin you are essentially eating them because many of the ingredients, especially toxic chemicals, will end up in your bloodstream, tissues, and organs! Think of all of the products you use daily, are you swimming in a toxic soup?   
Here is a list of dangerous chemicals that are best avoided.  Grab a few of your favorite personal care products to make sure you are not exposing yourself to unnecessary toxins. Don’t forget to include toothpaste, deodorant, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, lotions, and creams.  Don’t forget to check baby products, they are five times more susceptible to toxic exposure!  
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Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Petrolatum: 
These are petroleum products that coat the skin like plastic which can clog pores and create a toxic build-up leading to dermatologic issues.  Aside from hastening the aging process, these chemicals are known to disrupt hormonal activity and are a suspected carcinogen. 

Parabens: 
These are so commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics today (including your moisturizers!) Studies implicate a cancer connection with paraben use. They are also a powerful hormone disruptor because they can act like estrogen and interfere with the body’s endocrine system. 


Propylene Glycol:  
Used as a moisturizer I cosmetics and a carrier in fragranced oils.  Has been shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth and cause irritation.  This is the main ingredient in your cars anti-freeze!  
 
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), also called Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES):                
Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners, and in over 90% of       personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s protective moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to also penetrate easily.  Combined with other chemicals SLS becomes a nitrosamine which is a potent carcinogen.  It can also promote hair loss.  SLES is sometimes hidden under the labeling “coconut derived”.  
 
Toluene: 
Danger!!  Poison! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if  inhaled or absorbed by the skin! Made from petroleum or coal tar and found in most synthetic fragrances and nail polish.   Chronic exposure has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Other names toluene may be hidden under include Butylatd Hydroxytoluene(BHT), benzoic, and benzyl.   

Dioxane: 
Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, and ethoxylated alcohols.  These are commonly used in personal care products and are usually contaminated with high concentrations of volatile 1,4-dioxane which is easily absorbed through the skin. 
Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978.  Nasal passages and the liver are the most vulnerable.  Dioxane is a synthetic derivative of coconut, so watch for labels that say “comes from coconut”> 

Hydroquinone: 
Commonly prescribed for lightening pigmentation spots on the skin.  This is a known carcinogen that easily penetrates the skin and migrates to the spleen and liver wreaking havoc.  It has been banned in most countries now and the FDA is finally getting on the ball here in the US!  Please consider a safer alternative for pigmentation, like 302’s new skin lightener, made from a special high potency vitamin C. 

Benzyl Peroxide: 
Commonly used to spot treat acne lesions.  Using this ingredient is the fastest way to cause pre-mature aging of the skin, irritation, and inflammation!  It promotes oxidation and the formation of free radicals on the skin and really isn’t the most effective, and certainly not the safest solution for unsightly pimples.  Try brewing some green tea and making a warm compress.  The plant actives are highly effective for healing, soothing, and calming acne without unpleasant side affects.  Also try spot treating with pure tea tree oil. 

Phenyl Carbolic Acid: 
Found in many lotions and creams.  Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure. 
 
Acrylamide: 
Found in many hand and face creams.  Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.  Also formed in carbohydrate foods like potatoes when fried at high temperatures with oil.  Think twice the next time fries or potato chips sound appealing! This has been proven to be carcinogenic. 

The above presented are the most ubiquitous toxic ingredients to avoid in your personal care products. 

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