How to Spot Potentially Harmful Chemicals In Your Beauty Products-Makeup, Perfume and Moisturizer May Put You At Risk

April 24, 2009

How to Spot Potentially Harmful Chemicals In Your Beauty Products-Makeup, Perfume and Moisturizer May Put You At Risk

Stop for a second and think about how many different beauty products you’ve used on yourself this morning. This includes, moisturizing lotion, soap, face cream, facial scrub, shampoo and conditioner, toner, foundation, powder, mascara, blush, eye shadow, gloss, lipstick, and perfume. Long list isn’t it? These products complete your daily regimen but how safe are they? Believe it or not, some personal hygiene products, moisturizers and cosmetics contain hazardous chemicals that can potentially harm your health! Yikes!

Looking good can potentially be hazardous. Many chemicals found in cosmetics have been linked to cancer, hormone imbalance, and skin irritation.
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average consumer (including teens) uses 15 to 25 cosmetic and personal-care products a day. These products will contain about 200 chemicals that have been added to preserve, dye and emulsify the products. Some are the same chemicals used in industrial manufacturing to soften plastics, clean equipment and stabilize pesticides.

Remember when reading labels, chemical information isn’t always disclosed. For example, phthalates (pronounced tha-lates) are rarely mentioned on labels. There

is no way to tell whether they’ve been used. Phthalates keep your mascara from running, stop your nail polish from chipping and help fragrances linger. There’s evidence that exposure to phthalates can harm the development of fetuses and children. According to the Breast Cancer Fund, hundreds of animal studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and the reproductive system, primarily of male offspring.

The best way to protect yourself is to thoroughly read labels (use a magnifying glass if necessary.) Be suspicious of words like “natural” or “hypoallergenic.” They look reassuring but are meaningless. The FDA has no control over these labels. Products called “natural,” for instance, may include synthetic dyes and fragrances. “Hypoallergenic” just means that the most common irritants are left out, but other problematic chemicals might still be in the mix.

“Fragrance-free” or “unscented” means a product has no odor. Synthetic ingredients are usually added to mask these odors. Products without the word “fragrance” on their label should be un harmful to use. Cosmetics labeled “organic” must contain 70 percent or more organic ingredients (grown without the use of pesticides), but read the ingredient list carefully. It’s important to choose products from trusted cosmetic and body care companies that use natural, certified organic, nontoxic and nonsynthetic ingredients.

Chemicals to AVOID:
According to the Safe Cosmetics Campaign, avoid the following chemicals in cosmetics whenever possible:

Butyl acetate, Butylated hydroxytoluene, Coal tar, Cocamide DEA/lauramide DEA, Diazolidinyl urea, Ethyl acetate, Formaldehyde, Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl), Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene glycol, Sodium laureth/sodium laurel sulfate, Talc,Toluene, and Triethanolamine.

Other Products to Avoid:

— Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acid
— Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, and/or all dark permanent hair dyes
— Liquid hand soaps with triclosan
— Nail polish and nail polish remover with formaldehyde
— Skin lighteners with hydroquinone

Now that your aware of the harmful health dangers concerning cosmetics and skin care products try a more natural organic approach to beauty. Consider The Biodynamic Collection from Eminence.

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One Response to “How to Spot Potentially Harmful Chemicals In Your Beauty Products-Makeup, Perfume and Moisturizer May Put You At Risk”

  1. JBBC Says:

    This is a very helpful post. As a breast cancer survivor I have grave concerns over the toxic chemical cocktail we as women expose ourselves too. A woman’s lifetime exposure to oestrogen is a known risk factor for getting the disease and many of these harmful chemicals such as parabens minic oestrogen. The problem is that women are not even aware of the link much of the time so we all need to become more informed for the sake of our health.

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