I want to talk about cosmetics – The product we put on our skin (mainly by women but often men too) that, over time, absorb into our bodies and are quite toxic ……
Here’s a list of skincare toxins. It’s more important than ever to read labels on your skincare products and cosmetics. If your products don’t have labels it’s fair to assume that the manufacturer has something to hide and these products are best avoided. Here are the toxic chemicals to avoid:
Artificial dyes and coal tar—these numbered dyes have names like yellow dye #5 or red dye #4 and are found in most cosmetics, body care products, and hair dyes. Derived from coal tar, they also sometimes appear on the label as “CI” followed by 5 numbers such as “CI 75000.” They are potentially cancer-causing and contain heavy metals that are toxic to the brain.
Benzoates—Often these chemicals go by the name benzyl- or sodium benzoate.
BHA and BHT—The full name of these chemicals are butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene. Both of these chemicals are suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
DEA, MEA, and TEA—the full names of these chemicals that make products sudsy or creamy are diethanolamine, monoethanolamide, and ethanolamine, these toxic ingredients react to form nitrosamines that are cancer-causing.
Dibutyl phthalate—Found in cosmetics and baby care products phthalates have been linked to ashtha, birth defects, and cancer.
Fragrance—the single ingredient “fragrance” or “parfum” can actually contain up to 500 other ingredients, many of which are petroleum byproducts and have been linked to cancer, asthma, allergies, and nerve damage.
Lead—rarely listed but frequently found in cosmetics, especially lipsticks so be sure yours says “lead-free.” Lead is a serious threat to the brain and nervous system and is difficult to eliminate once it gets absorbed into the body.
Parabens—used to extend the shelf-life of products, these toxins go by many names: butyl-, ethyl-, isobutyl-, methyl-, and propyl- parabens. Parabens have been identified by the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption to be hormone disruptors and a contributing cause of hormonally-linked cancer, reproductive disorders, and other serious health issues.
Petrolatum—found in many products including “petroleum jelly” and you guessed it: it is derived from petroleum products.
Sodium lauryl sulphate—acts as a foaming agent and is frequently found in shampoo, body wash, and soap and may cause cancer.
Stearalkonium chloride—A common allergen found in many conditioners and creams. Often cited as “natural” it is a toxic ingredient that is used because it is cheaper than natural protein ingredients.
Toluene—Found in nail polish toluene is an extremely toxic ingredient that can cause damage to the nervous system, blood, eye, liver, kidney, and respiratory system. It may also affect a developing fetus.
Triclosan—Added to cosmetics and body care products as an antibacterial ingredient, this ingredient is contributing to the development of virulent superbugs that are resistant to our best drugs.
So ….. what do we do? There are ways :). PURE is exploring and researching natural cosmetics which are not toxic and are actually healing to our skin. I am exploring Mica Powders, Iron Oxide, different oils for different uses, I’m very excited! Then, as I’m testing, like all our products, they work better and last longer than anything else I have used.
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