Formaldehyde, phthalates, and sulfate oh my. Do you know what is in the products you put on your skin? Everyday you use lotions, cosmetics, hair products, and dozen of other products. What starts on the outside works its way to the inside. Since your skin is the largest organ you have, it’s important to know exactly what your are putting on it.
What are Formaldehydes?
Formaldehyde are most commonly used as an embalming agent and have a sneaky way of creeping into your favorite beauty products.
Exposure to Formaldehydes Can Cause
Skin conditions like eczema.
What Are Some Products That Contain Formaldehydes (containing up to 5%)?
Nail polish remover
Hair care products
Make sure to check the labels on all your beauty products from nail polish remover to pressed cosmetic powder. The label may not simply read formaldehyde, so keep an eye out for the following ingredients:
quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea
Beauty Tip: If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin.
What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are chemicals use to make plastics more flexible. It is put in nail polish to help the polish be more flexible and ship resistant.
What Are Some Products That Contain Phthalates?
Exposure to Phthalates Can Cause:
To children still in utero may increase the unborn child’s risk of asthma.
Mimic hormone changes
Cause early breast development in girls
Cause reproductive issues in women
Increase risks of cancer, like breast cancer
What You May Find On the Label:
butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP)
di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP)
These chemicals are found everywhere in the beauty department from nail polish to perfume and hair spray to lotion. It is very important to limit your exposure to these chemicals.
What are Sulfates?
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a sulfate is a sulfate is a sulfate. Sulfates cause the bubbly foam we’ve all grown to expect while washing our hair or cleaning our hands.
What Are Some Products That Contain Sulfates?
Acne Skincare Lines
Exposure to Phthalates Alone Can Cause:
Sulfates can cause an even greater threat because it can bind with other chemicals causing nitrosamines, which is a carcinogen.These carcinogens can cause severe damage to the kidneys and lungs. You don’t want them in your beauty lineup.
Take the time to review your beauty products labels and discard products that contain formaldehyde, phthalates, and sulfates. You don’t need them. There are healthy options you can use for your daily beauty regimen. Replace harmful chemicals that you can’t pronounce with organic ingredients found in nature. Your beautiful skin deserves shea butter, aloe, cucumber, oats and the like. Not chemicals created in a laboratory.
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