Have you ever examined the ingredients listed on the labels of your cosmetics or other skin care products? Do you know what those ingredients are? Lets see some below..
Parabens: Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
Phenoxyethanol: also called Ethylene Glycol Monophenyl Ether, is increasingly turning up in cosmetics as a preservative and as an alternative to parabens. It only recently came to public attention in the US when the FDA warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.
Talc: Talc is a soft mineral used in talcum powders and cosmetic powders. Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder to the genital area is linked with a three-to-fourfold increase in the development of ovarian cancer. Inhaling cosmetic powders containing talc may also be harmful to long term health.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS): Often described as being “derived from coconut” to disguise their toxic nature, these chemicals are commonly used in shampoos, toothpaste, foaming facial and body cleansers and bubble bath. SLS and ALS can cause severe skin irritation, and are easily absorbed into the body, building up in the brain, heart, lungs and liver, leading to potential long term health problems. SLS and ALS may also cause cataracts, and prevent children’s eyes from developing properly.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): Used as a thickener in skin care products and cosmetics, PEGs interfere with the skin’s natural moisture balance, causing an increase in ageing and leaving the skin vulnerable to bacteria.
Sunscreen chemicals: These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.
It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, some of which mentioned above, but you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. This is why you should pay particular attention to ingredients you put on your skin. Don’t be fooled by the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the front of the label. Many products contain at least one or two natural or organic ingredients, but they may also contain harmful synthetic chemicals as well.
Whenever possible, choose products with 100% natural ingredients such as essential oils and herbs. Your skin will love you for it!
Educate yourself and do your research before you buy. Think of something you absolutely love, and the time and energy you apply to it. Use the same, when it comes to your skin.