Top 5 Toxic ingredients to avoid in Skincare & Cosmetics!

Hi Everyone.

its top 5 MONDAYYYY!!!! where I share with you my top 5 lists… since I have been dealing with a lot of cosmetic and skincare products and reading the labels… I have come across a few don’t and just thought I should share…

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OF COURSE there are more than 5 toxic ingredients you should be avoiding, but here I am sharing what I think to be the most dangerous 🙂

We absorb about 60 percent of what we put on our skin… that should be a good thing but knowing that i have spent years putting unknown chemicals on my skin and thinking that it was ok.. scares me… especially since so many Health issues are linked to Toxic Chemicals in the body…

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Health issues like: Skin Allergies, Cancer, Infertility, Birth deffects, reproductive problems, Learning disabilities… More than one-third of all personal-care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer.

why is this legal? why are we being exposed to this?

LESS than 20 percent of the chemicals in personal-care products have been tested for safety. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate or limit the use of chemicals in personal-care products or require that all of the ingredients be listed on the label….

So yes it is entirely up to us to do research and AVOID products with certain chemicals…  Read the list of ingredients on your personal care products ( I have a list of everything you need to avoid at the end of this blog) You can also look up your favorite products at the Environmental Working Group’s database of personal-care product safety ratings to see if they meet the safety standards.

Here is my Top 5 Toxic ingredients to AVOID

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide

Used in acne Products. This is a possible tumor promoter and may act as mutagen. Produces DNA damage in Human and other mammalian cells. Also toxic by inhalation. Eye, Skin and respiratory irritant.

it can be found in the products in the pic!

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2. Dioxin: 

Most dioxins are created as byproducts when other chemicals or products are made or combined, WIll NOT appear in ingredients. Often in antibacterial ingredients like triclosan, emulsifiers, PEGs and ethoxylated cleansers like sodium laureate Sulfate. Dioxin causes cancer, reduced immunity , nervous system disorders, miscarriages and birth deformity.

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3. Parabens ( Methyl,Butyl,Ethyl,Propyl)

Used as preservatives. Not always labeled.

used in deodorants & Other skin care products, have been found in breast cancer tumors. may contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalance in females and early puberty.

Parabens cannot yet be said to cause breast cancer, but their estrogenic activity may be a contributing factor. A study done in 2004 found parabens present in over 90% of human breast cancer tumors. That is sufficient reason for me to avoid this chemical at all costs and to protect others from it

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4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

You know those shampoo commercials with foam and the slow motion….?

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yeahhh… well that foam is basically Sodium lauryl Sulfate (SLS) … It is also Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and 90% of personal care products that foam.

It has been linked to : Eye damage, depression; labored breathing, diarrhea, skin irritation & death.

Sodium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (commonly referred to as “SLS) are artificial foaming agents that are included in liquid soaps, toothpastes, shampoos, bubble baths, body washes, liquid dishwashing soap, laundry soap and more.

If it is a popular, mainstream brand… it basically contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

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Sulfates are such a strong skin irritant that they are commonly used by labs to create skin irritation used to test products designed to treat skin irritation. They are regarded as “safe” when used in body products only because they are diluted.

It has been suggested that eczema and psoriasis improve very quickly once the use of products containing sulfates are eliminated.

SLS is also used as a laxative in some medical products and is known to cause diarrhea when consumed… which is funny because it is used in Toothpaste as well! please read the ingredients on your toothpaste Right now!

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5. Triclosan:

Synthetic antibacterial ingredient. EPA registers it as a pesticide, posing risks to  human health and the environment.

Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, toothpastes, antibacterial soaps …

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it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption.  Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.

and get this…. “There also wasn’t enough supporting evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.”

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to search A-z Toxins in Skincare : CLICK HERE

As always YOU’RE WELCOME 😉

thanks so much for reading, I really hope this was helpful to you and please follow me for more…

Thanks guys!

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Sources:

http://www.thehealthylivinglounge.com

www.earthsave.org

www.tlc.howstuffoworks.com

www.safecosmetics.org

www.nrdc.org

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

No More Dirty Looks

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