To help you in your skin care needs, we have compiled this list of known toxins that are frequently used in the beauty industry. This list continues to grow as we find more toxins in the market. None of the ingredients on this list is ever use in our range of products. Carefully check the labels of products you use. You will be shocked to find that almost every beauty brand in the market uses one or more of these toxins. It stands to reason that the dramatic rise in skin conditions, rashes, and wellness issues can be traced back to these chemicals.
Avoiding toxins is a personal choice. A wise one. Some of these toxins remain in your body and aggregate.
Avoid these toxins:
The four paraben sisters - Methyl, Ethyl, Butyl, and Propyl. Used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of a product. These ingredients contain highly effective anti-microbial properties. For this reason, they are widely used in the beauty industry. Unfortunately, they are also toxic. Not much effort is required to uncover the mountains of information regarding the toxicity of these synthetic preservatives. Do not use any product that contains any ingredient ending with the word "paraben."
2. Tetrasodium EDTA:
A preservative made from the known carcinogen - formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. Also used as a 'penetration enhancer' in the beauty industry. This means it actually breaks down the skin's protective barrier, going right into your bloodstream. How lovely.
3. Urea (Diazolidinyl and Imidazolidinyl):
Another synthetic preservative. As the ingredient starts to break down sitting on the shelf, it releases formaldehyde. Research has shown the ingredient to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Growing evidence of links to other diseases.
4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):
Sodium Laurel Sulfate is a great detergent. It really is. In fact it is so good that it is used in laundry detergent, dishwasher powder, pipe cleaners, car wash liquid, and many other commercial cleansing products. We wonder though, why anyone would use it to clean their skin? It causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, and allergic reactions, among many other issues. In research studies, SLS has been used to determine if someone has skin allergies by rubbing it on the skin and waiting for a reaction. Avoid this ingredient if you want healthy, rash free skin. Also beware that some companies try to convince consumers that their SLS is 'coconut derived' and somehow safe. Not true. It is used for one reason, it is very inexpensive. We don't use it because we don't need it, and our customers are worth the extra cost and effort in formulating great products without it.
5. Fragrance (Parfum):
Our current favorite toxin. We enjoy reading about this 'loophole' of a word. You see, legally you can create the most toxic sludge on the planet, label it 'fragrance' and that is it for labeling requirements. One word covers it all. Ever come across a cologne or perfume and suddenly start sneezing, or worse your skin develops a rash? It's because in that scent, there is a toxin that you are reacting to at that moment. Who knows what it is. So when you see the word 'Parfum' on the label, avoid the product.
Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on the product labels but explicitly exempts fragrance. By taking advantage of this loophole, the cosmetics industry has kept the public in the dark about the ingredients in fragrance, even those that present potential health risks or build up in peoples bodies.
A silicon based cyclic compound, may be associated with environmental toxicity. Commonly used in hair care products as a hair conditioning agent, and in skin care products as a skin conditioning agent. Concerns for this toxin include bioaccumulation and organ system toxicity.
Also called polymethylsiloxane. A silicon based polymer. Used as a commercial lubricant and conditioning agent in many industrial applications. Also used in hair care products. Suspected as an environmental toxin and bioaccumulative.
A silicon based cyclic compound used as a conditioning lubricant in hair care products. Ingredient is persistent, and bioaccumulative in wildlife. Toxicity concerns for humans. Skin irritant, and organ toxicity.
Also known as Lilial, is a synthetic scent ingredient, used in hair care and skin care products.
Associated with allergies and contact dermatitis. Banned and/or restricted for use in the EU as a possible human immune system intoxicant.
A scent chemical used for fragrance enhancement. Associated with allergies and contact dermatitis. Known human immune system toxicant. Prohibited for use in food by the FDA. A chemical to avoid.
Used as a solvent and a preservative. Associated with allergies and contact dermatitis. Possible human system intoxicant and on the EU Banned and restricted list. Associated with endocrine disruption. Wildlife and environmental toxicity.
Lonones are a group of synthetically produced chemicals, used in perfume as a scent enhancer. Associated with human system intoxication. Suspected to be an environmental toxin.
Rendered beef fat. If the thought of rubbing fat scrapped from the back of an animal hide onto your skin appeals to you, this is a product to consider. For most though, avoid.
Effects of over exposure 1,4-dioxane is an eye and mucous membrane irritant, primary skin irritant, central nervous system depressant, nephrotoxin, and Hepatotoxin
Effects of overexposure Can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, throat and mucous membranes. Symptoms include muscular paralysis, and low blood pressure.
Potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin's natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. Used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. It adjusts the melting point and thickens products. Also used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners.
Silicone emollients are occlusive - that is they coat the skin, trapping anything beneath it, and do not allow the skin to breathe (much like plastic wrap would do.)
Recent studies have indicated that prolonged exposure of the skin to sweat, by occlusion, causes skin irritation. They are also non-biodegradable, causing negative environmental impact.
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