The following cosmetic chemicals are the most commonly found in our skin care products and cosmetics today. Studies have shown that everyone of us has a build up of most of these harsh ingredients inside of us just from using everyday products like shampoo, cosmetics and a wide range of skin care products.
If you have to open a carton to be able to view the ingredients it is best to just not purchase it. If a product is 100% natural and organic, that company would have most definately advertised that fact on their packaging.
Always check the ingredients list even if a product claims to be natural. A lot of natural products on the shelves do contain some natural ingredients, but the rest of their ingredients pretty much ruin any benefits that it could have given your skin. Advertising can be pretty tricky and deceiving so always double check any skin care you purchase.
Parabens More and more information is coming to light on this skin care chemical. You may have noticed that you see more labels that say 'paraben free' on them and with good reason.
This low cost preservative has been linked to breast cancer and has a very negative effect on skin. Applied to skin it accelerates aging and causes DNA damage. Avoid the following chemical names: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobulyparaben.
Petrochemicals Any chemical product that is derived from petroleum. Petrochemicals in skin care products cause premature aging and skin damage.
Paraffins Paraffin wax, paraffin oil, mineral wax and mineral oil are all by products of petroleum that are used as a thickener in skin care products and unfortunately like a lot of other harsh chemicals, is very cheap.
This cosmetic chemical coats the skin clogging pores and trapping in toxins which can cause acne and other skin disorders. Paraffins also slow normal skin functions and skin cell regeneration.
Propylene Glycol / Butylene Glycol (also known as 1,3-Butanediol) Another petroleum based chemical that is used as a humectant that helps to retain moisture. Also used as a preservative it can be very irritating to skin.
Phthalates These cosmetic chemicals are used as a plastisizer in food wraps and soft plastics. In skin care it is used as penetrating enhancement which is a very scary thought considering the warnings out there about phthalates.
Parents have been warned not to let their little ones chew or suck on any soft plastic toys or other products containing phthalates because they have an adverse effect on reproduction development, have been linked to testicular cancer and can cause a declining sperm count.
Phthalates are actually considered a hazardous waste and are regulated as a pollutant to our water and air but are not regulated in our cosmetic use. Avoid these names: dibutylphthalates, diethylphthalates and dimethylphthalates.
Dioxane A known cancer causing toxin that is easily absorbed into the skin and is used in a wide variety of shampoos/conditioners, cleansers, lotions and creams.
Isopropyl Alcohol A terrible drying agent found in many, many skin care products.
It strips you skin's top layer leaving your skin exposed to to toxins and damage. Derived from petroleum it promotes premature aging and brown spots.
Triclosan Used as a pesticide it is also used in antibacterial skin products which can lessen the effect of antibiotics and your skin's ability to fight bacteria.
Sodium Laurel Sulfates This cosmetic chemical was originally used in garage floor cleansers, carpet cleaner, detergent and that sort of thing. Because it is a degreaser you can imagine what it does to your skin.
Used in a lot of cleansers as a foaming agent, it drys and irritates skin and can also cause eye and lung irritation.
Mineral Oil Yet another petroleum product it coats skin like plastic, clogging pores, slowing skin function and cell development, and trapping in toxins.
Synthetic Fragrances Anything that just says 'Fragrance' will be synthetic. Fragrances are usually the main irritant in most cosmetic products. They can cause dizziness, headaches, allergic reactions and rashes. There is a reason why perfumes are not aloud in some public places now. Most fragrances are made from petroleum or coal tar products.
Look for products that use essential oils and other natural ingredients to scent their products.
Synthetic Dyes I think everyone has heard something or other about how some synthetic dyes have been banned or how they are bad for you. Do not buy products that contain FD&C color pigment which is derived from coal tar.
This list could go on and on but I think that it gives you a pretty fair idea of what you may be actually absorbing into your body with everyday skin products.
Look for products that are 100% natural and organic and always pay attention to labels and ingredients. Skin care can be both effective and good for you if you just stay informed and make the right choices.
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