Toxic Cosmetics

Toxic Cosmetics –  Before we get into home remedies, let’s take a look at the dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and what we're putting on our bodies and why you should be aware of these toxic cosmetics.

chemicals in cosmetics

There are numerous chemicals in cosmetics and ingredients to avoid; polyethylene glycol, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamide DEA to name just a few (more below) resulting in toxic cosmetics that we're using and our families.

Just because a label claims "organic" still check, chances are you'll find some if not all the above listed chemicals.

In fact, "There is a lawsuit launched as testing finds cancer causing chemicals in nearly 100 Hair Care and Personal Care Products."  
http://www.ceh.org/making-news/press-releases/29-eliminating-toxics/663-lawsuit-launched-as-testing-finds-cancer-causing-chemical-in-nearly-100-hair-care-and-personal-care-products

The following are the most common toxic cosmetics to avoid, yet not a complete list.  You should learn and commit to memory the following chemicals in cosmetics to avoid.

Remember, you have options and can begin today to eliminate these toxic body care products replacing them with natural homemade products (Skin Care Recipes) or by purchasing products without these chemcials.


                        Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid


ALCOHOL, ISOPROPYL (SD-40) – Not only is this cosmetic chemical a drying and irritating solvent, it dehydrates your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier.

It is made from propylene which is a petroleum derivative and found in most products.

It is also found in antifreeze and it accelerates the penetration of other chemicals in our toxic cosmetics...... damaging our skin and causing premature aging with brown spots and wrinkles.

A warning found: causes coughing, dizziness, headache, drowsiness and sore throat if it is breathed in.

Isopropyl alcohol can also irritate the skin, particularly after repeated uses.

Seek medical attention if you experience any of these effects after using isopropyl alcohol.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) –

These ingredients are so dangerous, Europe has restricted these chemicals due to the carcinogenic effects. In the U.S., our toxic cosmetics are full of these ingredients.

These toxic chemicals disrupt our hormones and have cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines.

The increase of liver and kidney cancer from these ingredients has been documented by Dr. Samuel Epstein yet, you’ll find these ingredients in cosmetics from make up, shampoos, bath products and shaving creams.

DMDM HYDANTOIN & UREA (IMIDAZOLIDINYL) – These preservatives can release formaldehyde which is known to have many side effects.

Allergies, asthma, chest pains, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness and overall compromising the immune system.

FD&C COLOR PIGMENTS – Basically these are synthetic colors created from coal tar.

It consist of heavy metal salts promoting skin irritation. It causes a depletion of oxygen and all have noted to be carcinogenic.

FRAGRANCES – Our favorite cosmetic chemical!!  Consist mostly of synthetic ingredients and a wide variety of ingredients that can be toxic and carcinogenic.

The side effects are numerous ranging from allergic reactions, depression, dizziness, hyperactivity, irritability and other side affects to the nervous system.

MINERAL OIL – This is basically a petroleum by-product that coats the skin, clogging the pores and inhibits the skins natural ability to absorb oxygen and discharge carbon dioxide as a natural purification.

It promotes acne and causes premature aging. Baby oil IS mineral oil.

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) – This is a petroleum product used in cleaners to dissolve oil and grease.

Used for oven cleaners and other harsh cleaning jobs.

According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the cosmetic industry's own Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) committee, impurities found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide; 1,4-dioxane; polycyclic aromatic compounds; and heavy metals such as lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, and arsenic.

PEG compounds which are very toxic to persons with damaged skin.

In spite of these concerns, the CIR concludes that many PEG compounds "are safe for use" and found as ingredients in cosmetics but adds that such PEG compounds should "not be used on damaged skin."

In spite of these known contaminants, cosmetic chemicals PEG compounds remain commonly used as ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

There are concerns it contributes to several different cancers.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG) and BUTYLENE GLYCOL – In a liquid state this acts as surfactants which is a wetting agent and solvent.

It penetrates the skin and can weaken proteins and cellular structure.

It is also used to remove barnacles from boats, considered so toxic by the EPA it requires protective gear when using the product.

It has been linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotocicity, neurotocicity and endocrine disruption.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES) – These are used as de-greasers, used on engines, garage floors, etc.  Yes, another cosmetic chemical.

It is also used in most personal products, it’s what gives your products that foam

Unfortunately tested on animals it caused cancer, eye damage, labored breathing and often death.

triclosan products

TRICLOSAN – This is a synthetic antibacterial ingredient that is chemically similar to Agent Orange.

It is also considered a pesticide by the EPA and scored as a risk to humans and environment.

It is also known for causing hormone disruption, decreasing fertility and birth defects.

It is stored in body fat and accumulates to toxic levels causing damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, brain and heart.

Actually, Tufts University School of Medicine says that triclosan is capable of forcing the emergence of “super bugs” that it cannot kill.

Found as an ingredient and chemical in cosmetics and Anti-bacterial Soap as well as many other products.

You may wonder how it’s possible these dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and our personal products exist.

In 1938 the cosmetic industry came under the regulatory authority of the FDA, since then, the FDA has relied on the cosmetic industry to self-regulate.

These products do not need approval nor have they been tested for their toxic effects on our bodies.

Our blood shows hundreds of chemicals that did not exist as recent as 50 years ago.

As we are exposed to so many chemicals daily, accumulating in our bodies, is there any wonder why there are so many diseases, young people with cancer, immune disorders, emotional or learning disabilities?

We don’t have to buy into these products, we don't have to have to use toxic cosmetics, thankfully we have options to explore.

After you finish visiting the other dangerous items in our homes, check out the Skin Care Recipes and the links below.  For you Mom's out there, don't forget to visit Mommy Help for more helpful information.

At Home Facials

Homemade Facial Scrubs

Homemade Facial Toners

Homemade Moisturizers

Anti Aging Remedies

Herbal Skin Treatment

Homemade Acne Cures

Homemade Shampoo

Homemade Bubble Bath

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