Most of us probably don’t give much thought to our daily beauty rituals. But the range of personal care products we use each day—from toothpaste and shampoo to perfumes and aftershave—can affect us more than we realize. With no required safety testing, cosmetics companies can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks. And your pour skin is absorbing all of this.
So if you are carefully minimizing your chemical intake by eating wholesome, natural foods, why would you then want to add more harmful chemicals back in to your body by using them in your cosmetics? Here is a list of some of the harmful ingredients you may find in your products:
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
– DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea
– Fragrance and dyes
allergies, cancer, nervous system
– Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone
allergies, nervous system
– Parabens or “-paraben”
– “PEG” and “-eth”
– Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate
skin damage, toxic contaminants
– Triclosan and triclocarban
thyroid and environmental concerns
– Triethanolamine (TEA)
allergies, toxic contaminants
PRODUCTS TO AVOID
with fragrance, oxybenzone, PEG/ceteareth/polyethylene, parabens
– Anti-aging creams
with lactic, glycolic, AHA, and BHA acids
– Hair Dyes
with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene; all dark permanent hair dyes
– Liquid hand soaps
– Nail polish and removers
perfumes are considered a “trade secret,” so there’s no way of knowing just what those chemicals are
– Skin lighteners
with Retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, Aerosol spray and powder sunscreen, SPF above 50
Zinc or Titanium are the best active ingredients
Safer shopping tips
• Use fewer, simpler products.
• Don’t trust claims like “dermatologist-tested,” “natural,” or “organic.” Read the ingredient label instead.
• The fewer the ingredients the better.
• Look up your products’ reviews at Cosmetic database
Use fresh and natural – the kind that will enhance your own beauty!
REMEMBER TO READ YOUR LABELS.13