Toxins, toxins, everywhere! In the air, earth and water… But we can minimize our exposure. Guest blogger, Laurie Mitchell, tells us what to be on the look out for when we’re choosing products for our skin and hair.
It’s hard to believe that skincare and beauty companies are promising long-term beautifying results with the kind of ingredients they use in their products. In fact, using some skincare products can often be the same as cleansing your skin with formaldehyde, coal and carcinogens!
Most of us are not aware of this all too common danger and in fact, we may be increasing our chances of cancer just by washing our face daily. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the most popular skincare ingredients that are known to cause damage.
Next time you’re shopping for that anti-aging cream or the perfect cleanser take this list with you and avoid all the items listed below.
- Paraben. This harmful ingredient is also known as Methylparaben, Proplyparaben, Butylparaben and Ilsoparaben. Parabens are commonly used in the skincare and beauty industry, as they act as preservatives. Parabens have also been linked to carcinogens, which are directly involved in the cause of cancer. On top of that, the continued use of parabens can create an estrogenic effect, which stimulates breast cancer. These chemicals can be found in face and body moisturizers, cleaners and body wash. There are no tests that claim paraben use is safe.
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate. This ingredient goes by both names and can be found in cleansers and shampoos. Sodium Lauryl is found in floor cleaners, car wash detergents, engine degreasers and a wide array of beauty products. In fact, it cleanses your skin the same way it degreases an engine, by removing excess oil. Sodium Lauryl has the potential to change the genetic material found in cells, damage your immune system, separate skin layers, cause skin inflammation and even damage the structural formation of young eyes; something we actually may be looking to correct with certain cleansers.
- Phthalates. This toxic skincare ingredient goes by the following names: dibutylphthalate, diethylphthalate, DBP, DEP and butyl ester and helps lotions and creams absorb quickly into skin. However, this ingredient has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA, as it has the potential to kill our skin cells and release cancer forming substances. This chemical has been banned by certain cosmetic companies in Europe but has yet to be outlawed in the United States.
- Petrochemicals. You have may noticed that many skincare products are petroleum or chemical based and therefore contain synthetic substances such as petrochemicals. However, the utilization of petrochemicals has resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord within rodent test subjects. Even worse, several rodents died before the test was concluded. Along with skincare products petrochemicals can be found in home furnishing items, household products and even our food. These chemicals have often been linked to the rise of diseases such as cancer in our population.
- Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate. This ingredient is used in skincare and beauty preservatives and is chemically related to formaldehyde releasers. Formaldehyde has long been linked to the cause of nasopharyngeal cancer. Though the label on your skincare product may not list formaldehyde the following ingredients release it: diazolidinyl urea (or 3-diol diazolidinyl urea), 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (or bronopol) and DMDM hydantoin. Most of these ingredients have been banned in Europe as they can result in allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, mucous membrane irritability, eye damage, headaches, joint and chest pain, depression, dizziness, fatigue, immune dysfunction and the creation of carcinogen substances. However, they have yet to be banned in the United States.
Yes, it may be hard to fathom but skincare companies the world over are utilizing these products in order to give you the immediate results you may be looking for, avoiding the fact that cancer could be a long-term effect. It’s more important than ever to choose natural, organic products that are free of the above substances when searching for cleaners, moisturizers, shampoos and so on.
Since the Federal Drug Administration is not banning these harmful toxins, it’s important to read your beauty labels and prevent not only yourself but future generations from developing cancer and other fatal diseases directly related to skincare toxins.
About the Author
Laurie Mitchell is an authority on cosmetic industry topics and on the effects of aging on the skin. Laurie writes about Hydrolyze, a leading brand in the anti-aging industry. Additional information about anti-aging products can be found at www.hydrolyzesite.net.
It’s tough to remember all these ingredients when shopping. But a good trick I use is: if I can’t pronounce it, it ain’t natural. Do you have any natural, green product lines that you trust?