Last week we talked about toxic ingredients to avoid in your daily skin care and beauty routine. If you haven’t read it yet, click here. We explained briefly about how dangerous it is to keep applying products with toxic ingredients without any awareness of it. This week, we are getting more specific and diving deeper on the subject by naming the elements you should avoid and letting you know where these toxic ingredients can be found.
It is important to read labels and become educated about what ingredients to turn down when selecting body care products. The skin covers about 18 square feet of the human body and it is composed of two main layers: the epidermis (outer) and the dermis (inner). We have to be mindful that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body; both affect the health and performance of our entire being. So the next time you find yourself applying a lot of that highly chemical body lotion or soak in a toxic hot tub with bubbles, remember that your skin absorbs a large percentage of what you put on it and that is happening already in the first 60 seconds!
Go natural, always!
- Formaldehyde- Releasing Preservatives ( can be found in hair straighteners and nail products). Cancer causing agent, harms the brain, interferes with growth and development in children, introduces asthma, triggers allergic reactions on the skin. Labeled as: DMDH Hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea,methanamine, quaternium-15.
- Parabens ( can be found in most common cosmetics products as a preservative). Mimic estrogen and lead to hormone imbalance, may cause reproductive issues like infertility/ slowed growth and developmental disorders in children.
- PEG Compounds ( can be found in creams, facial cleaners, toothpaste).
Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a chemical FDA says may cause cancer.
Labeled as: Propylene Glycol, Polyethylene glycols, polyoxyethylene.
Rates of illness and disease continue to rise. There are increasing studies showing the connection between illness and chemicals. We need to eliminate or reduce exposure to synthetics. Synthetics are simply not necessary in skincare and in many cases synthetics are downright scary. These ingredients are often fast acting and invasive. They are causing harm we cannot see. Often this exposure has consequences like skin irritation, chronic headaches, cancers, breathing disabilities, hormone disruption, and the list goes on! Next time you are going to buy a new beauty product, read your label.