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By Amour Genesis
With so many skin care options on the market it’s easy to invest in products proven to combat acne, oily-skin, fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin, eczema, and many other problematic skin issues.
However, some of the ingredients found in our skin care products are actually toxic chemicals that may be hazardous to our health and the environment.
Even worse, many of the products that we use only include a small amount of these toxic chemicals, when you factor in daily use, multiple product usage it’s no surprise that our skin may become adversely affected overtime.
Many women prefer scented products, however, studies suggest that one artificial fragrance can contain hundreds of synthetic chemicals primarily made from petroleum and coal. Also, companies are not required to tell you what these chemicals are.
Fragrances are considered to be one of the top 5 known allergens and are known to cause asthma and even trigger asthma attacks. Fragrances are also a main concern for hormone and reproductive dysfunction, cancer, headaches, dizziness, skin disorders, asthma and other allergies.
Although, they’re ubiquitous in skincare, preserve other ingredients, and extend the shelf life of many products, these antimicrobial chemicals are known to have hormone-disrupting effects and have been found in biopsies from breast tumors.
Statement from the Food and Drug Administration: “FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens. However, the agency will continue to evaluate new data in this area.”
This chemical is common in skin and personal care products, it’s also an intentionally used ingredient in dry cleaning products, automobile coolants, and lacquers.
Common ethoxylated compounds include sodium laureth sulfate and polyethylene glycol (often listed as PEG). To avoid it, skip any product with the following ingredients: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth (or any other -eth), PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol.
For more info visit: http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/hlthef/dioxane.html.
2. Chemical Sunscreens
Two of the most popular chemical sunscreens found in skin care products include, oxybenzone and octylmethoxycinnamate.
These chemicals have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity. Studies show that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safer sunscreen alternatives. In the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) guide to safe sunscreens, they found “more than 75% of the sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer and other health issues.”
1. Synthetic Colors
Although your products may look pretty, the potential damage it can cause your skin isn’t pretty at all.
Synthetic colors are made from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts that may deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic. They will be labeled on products as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number.
For more info, visit The Daily Green.
The next time you purchase something for your skin, remember that just because it’s packaged in a pretty bottle and formulated to work skin care wonders, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right product for you. Investigate what’s in your product before you use it on your skin!
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