We are asked what skin care ingredients to avoid and what toxins are in makeup and skin care. The facts may surprise you and challenge some beliefs you may hold about the Skin Care and Makeup industry.
If you would like to read about the role the FDA plays in its role between you and the product manufacturers please read the article by Melissa Sherwood, FDA Guidelines vs Organic Natural Skin Care.
The desire to look and feel beautiful begins when we are mere children. As little girls, we love to play dress up. We would look into the mirror and pretend to be little princesses and squeal with excitement, as mom and dad tell us we were “so pretty.” Most women by the time they are in their twenties begin to think about healthy wrinkle-free skin and luscious locks. We research the best shampoos, conditioners, face wash, moisturizers, make-up, and body wash all in the hopes to maintain our youthful glow and vibrancy. We have put our faith and trust into the beauty industry that they would only provide us the very best in ingredients and products
The truth is:
Jason Wachob, MindBodyGreen.
It becomes vital for us to become aware of what we are putting on our skin and how it is affecting our health. Not only for us but for our children.
Memory Loss, heart disease, breast cancer, birth defects and depression, are just a few of the many health conditions that have been linked to the toxic 12 found in many beauty products. Several years ago, former Miss- America beauty queen Susan Jeske developed severe health issues. After going to a holistic doctor who told her that her beauty products were making her sick, she went to all natural organic products. After only two weeks her health issues were all cleared up. She now on a mission to help educate men and women about the products that they are using and how they could be making them sick.
Benzoyl Peroxide is an ingredient commonly used in acne products. The University of Oxford Department of Chemistry states, “Facilitates action of known carcinogens. … Possible tumor promoter. May act as mutagen; produces DNA damage in human and other mammalian cells in some concentrations. Also, toxic by inhalation. May be harmful if swallowed and in contact with skin. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.” Jana, “The Toxic 12″ Beauty Ingredients” , 03/14/2016.
These ingredients are ammonia compounds used as a foam boosters or emulsifiers. They are added to products to control the PH level of products and to help water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients blend. Ethanolamines are found in bubble baths, body wash, shampoos, soaps, facial cleansers, eyeliner, mascara, blush, makeup bases, foundations, fragrances, hair dye, hair care products, shaving products, and sunscreens. DEA, MEA, and TEA have known skin and eye irritants and can cause contact dermatitis. DEA, MEA, and TEA are readily absorbed through the skin and can accumulate in body organs such as the brain. Repeated use of these ingredients can cause liver and kidney cancer. Finding products that do not contain ethanolamines can be very difficult in your typical grocery or drug store. Shop online for organic or go to a health food store to find products that are ethanolamine free.
Dioxin refers to a group of dioxin-like chemical compounds that share similar chemical structures. They all contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and chlorine. Dioxin is an ingredient that you will not see listed on the ingredient list but if you use cotton balls, facial tissues, toilet tissue, sanitary pads, and tampons you may be exposed to dioxins. These pollutants are created unintentionally as a by-product of municipal waste incineration and burning of fuels. Chlorinated dioxins are also formed by the bleaching process of cotton balls, facial tissue, toilet paper, sanitary pads, and tampons. What are Dixons, 03/14/2016
Exposure to dioxins has shown to have serious health risks such as reproductive damage, birth defects, miscarriage, and cancer. Avoiding products that have gone through the chlorine process is best. Look for TCF (totally chlorine free) goods and products bleached with hydrogen peroxide.
These ingredients are used as a preservative and often slowly release formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. The effects of formaldehyde exposure can cause joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Inhalation of formaldehyde can cause respiratory distress, trigger heart palpitations, asthma, or coughs. Jana, “The Toxic 12″ Beauty Ingredients” , 03/14/2016
Coal tar-derived Synthetic colors contain heavy metal salts that deposit into the skin. Coal tar is commonly used in shampoos made to combat dandruff or dry skin/scalp. It also has been used as a color in cosmetics and hair dye. FD&C color pigments can cause skin sensitivity, rashes, hives, allergies, and cancer. Look on your labels for FD, FDC, and FD&C. The Dangers of FD&C Color Pigments, 03/14/2016
Parabens are another ingredient used as a preservative used to extend shelf life. Parabens are known as xenoestrogens. These chemicals are false estrogen found in pesticides, herbicides, cosmetics and skin care. These chemicals bind with receptors in our cells causing our bodies to change the way they should function. These parabens are used in deodorant and antiperspirants and have been found in breast cancer tumors. May also cause sterility in mice and humans, hormone imbalance for women and early puberty. The Truth About Parabens, 03/12/2016
Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system, and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. iii 1,4-dioxane is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. David Suzuki Foundation, PEG o3/12/2016.
These solvents have been known to cause serious health hazards such as vertigo, eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, stomach pains, several forms of cancer and severe liver and kidney problems. Skindeep Database
PEG helps to penetrate products deeper into the skin, which allows an increased amount of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. PEG’s are in almost all products from skin care, baby products, and sunscreens. Jana, “The Toxic 12″ Beauty Ingredients”, 03/14/2016.
Petroleum is commonly used in lip balm and baby products. Made from mineral oil jelly, Petroleum can cause sun sensitivity, and it can interfere with the bodies own ability to moisturize leading to an unhealthy dehydrated skin. May contain impurities linked to breast cancer. Beautyeditor.ca
This chemical is under scientific scrutiny because of the high levels found in all women of reproductive age. Phthalates are absorbed through the skin, ingested and inhaled. DBP’s are in everything from skin care to cosmetics, to nail polish to perfume. According to studies. Phthalates damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, testes, early breast development in boys and girls, and can induce Hypersensitivity in the immune system. SafeCosmetics.Org
These ingredients are used as a surfactant or wetting agent. The Environmental Protective Agency considers PG to be so toxic they require people to use protective gloves and goggles when using products with this ingredient. The EPA warns that skin contact with PG can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
These two ingredients are commonly used in shampoos and other foaming cosmetics to create lather. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfates are also used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers. Animals that had been exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, labored breathing, diarrhea, skin irritation, damage to the immune system and in some cases even cause death. SLS also contributes to hair loss, rashes, dandruff, and allergies. Be aware that SLS and SLES are frequently disguised in cosmetics with the term “derived from coconut.”Britta Aragon, 03/10/2016
Triclosan is a synthetic antibacterial ingredient with a chemical structure similar to Agent Orange. Studies have linked Triclosan to many health effects from skin irritation, endocrine disruption, and thyroid malfunctions. Hundreds of consumer products contain triclosan such as antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, and cosmetics.Jana, “The Toxic 12″ Beauty Ingredients”