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Chemicals in Skincare Products

Posted by Ashlynn D.

January 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

photodune-2981178-make-up-xsToxic chemicals invade the world in so many ways. The last thing that anyone needs is for these chemicals to enter their bloodstream, which in turn, may lead to severe health issues. Of course no one would intentionally put chemicals on their skin knowing this, right? Unfortunately, that is so far from the truth. Everyday millions of people around the world use skincare products that are contaminated with a variety of chemicals that have the potential to do some serious harm in the long run.

Skincare products contain over 82,000 ingredients, of which it is estimated that 10,000 are industrial chemicals. What does this mean for you? There are chemicals that you apply to your skin everyday that are used in industrial tasks like reducing surface tension in ink, painting walls, removing grime from automobile parts, and much more. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

Your skin is not only your largest organ, it’s also the thinnest.This means that anything you apply to your skin will enter your blood stream, making your entire body susceptible to conditions like allergies and possibly even cancer.

Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

According to the David Suzuki Foundation, there are a ‘Dirty Dozen’ ingredients that are found in 80% of skincare products. Such ingredients include:

  1. BHA and BHT: Linked to cancer. Often used as a preservative in make-up and moisturizers.

  2. Coal Tar Dyes: Linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Found in hair dyes.

  3. DEA: Linked to cancer. Found in products that are creamy and foam, such as shampoo.

  4. Dibutul Phthalate: Reproductive toxicant. Used as a plasticizer in nail care products.

  5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: Linked to cancer. Found in many cosmetics.

  6. Parabens: Linked to complications in the male reproductive system. Used as a preservative in cosmetics.

  7. Parfum: Linked to allergies, asthma, cancer, and neurotoxicity. Found in a variety of cosmetics.

  8. PEG Compounds: Linked to cancer. Used in cream based cosmetics.

  9. Petrolatum: Linked to cancer. Used in hair products for shine and lip balms with a moisture barrier.

  10. Siloxanes:  Reproductive toxicant and linked to disrupting the endocrine system.  Found is cosmetics that soften, smooth, or moisten.

  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Linked to cancer. Found in shampoos and cosmetics that foam.

  12. Tricolosan: Linked to antibiotic resistance and disrupting the endocrine system. Found in antibacterial cosmetics.

From this list it is evident that there could be some serious long term damage to our health, by using multiple skincare products with these chemical ingredients.

How to Purchase Clean Skincare Products

When choosing skincare items, look for products that are:

  • Organic
  • Simple (you should be able to pronounce the ingredients)
  • Fragrance free
  • In BPA free containers
  • Animal friendly
  • Made with a conscious effort to protect the environment

By making an effort to learn about the ingredients in the skincare products that you choose, you are enabling yourself for a chance at a disease-free, healthy life.

Topics: Products, Beauty

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