What do you put on your skin everyday?
Did you know?
- ‘Natural’ skincare products only need to contain 1% of natural ingredients to be called ‘natural’.
- You absorb up to 60% of any product applied to your skin.
- You can absorb up to 2kg of chemicals through your skin each year.
Although individual chemicals can be tested for toxicity, no-one really knows what the effect is of mixing these chemicals together on a regular basis as so many of us do each morning as we shower, do our hair and apply make-up.
If you are a regular user of moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, perfume, deodorant and make-up (and let’s face it, most of us are), then you could be exposing yourself to a potentially hazardous cocktail of chemicals. The majority of chemicals which go into our ‘beauty’ products are scarily similar to harsh industrial chemicals. Although many beauty products claim to be anti-ageing they could actually be doing the exact opposite! Some contain carcinogenic ingredients and substances which could ultimately contribute towrinkles and bad skin.
Below is a list of the products which you really don’t want to see in your beauty products. Also below you will find a list of natural skincarecompanies, which are fortunately increasing in number as more and more people become conscious of the chemical cocktails found in many conventional products.
What should you avoid when you’re shopping for products?
– EDTA, Disodium EDTA and Sorbic acid – these preservatives can accelerate the formation of free radicals which can damage cells and trigger premature ageing.
– DEHP – this is a phthlate – a dangerous group of chemicals found in many perfumes, body sprays and hair mousses. They can be carcinogenic.
– Parabens, e.g. butyl paraben, methyl paraben – preservatives which are widely used in many toiletries. Parabens can damage the DNA of skin cells potentially causing premature ageing. Parabens are also known to have mild oestrogen-mimicking properties, and research implicates parabens as a causative factor in male fertility problems and breast tumors in women.
– Isoproply Alcohol SD-40 – a solvent found in skincare products which can disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, and can lead to irregular pigmentation and age spots.
– Artificial colors, e.g. Blue 1 (E133), Green 3 (E142), D&C Red 33 (E127) and FD&C color pigments – these coloring’s are carcinogenic, and contain heavy metals which add to the body’s toxic load.
– Formaldehyde-a preservative used in nail hardeners, nail polish, and many cosmetics which is banned in Sweden and Japan. Formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions and can lower immunity. The following may contain formaldehyde, may release formaldehyde or may break down into formaldehyde: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, Dazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium 15.
– Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) – a detergent and emulsifier, which may cause drying of the skin due to de-greasing effects, and can be irritating. The drying action interferes with the skin’s barrier function, making it easier for other chemicals to enter. When combined with nitrates, SLS can be carcinogenic.
– Fragrance– many of the chemicals which make synthetic fragrances are known to be carcinogenic and toxic.
– Paraffin– used in cold creams, wax hair removers, eyebrow pencils and many other products. It’s often derived from petroleum or coal.
– Cosmetic grade lanolin– lanolin on its own is safe but cosmetic grade Lanolin can be contaminated with carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, dieldrin and lindane.
– Cosmetic grade talc-cosmetic talc found in baby powders, face powders, body powders and some contraceptives are carcinogenic.