Ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics
Some ingredients in conventional beauty products are not as good as it seems. Researchers have indicated that one in eight of the 82 000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals. These include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors (by blocking, mimicking, disrupting the normal action of our hormones). These are plasticizers (chemicals that hold soft concrete), degreasers (products used to clean the dirt of automotive parts) and surfactants used in paints and inks.
I leave you to imagine what it does to your skin, your body and the environment ...
The David Suzuki Foundation interviewed many Canadians to find out how many ingredients on the "Dirty Dozen" list could be included in their home cosmetics. Warning! Their results demonstrate that 80% of these body products contained at least one of these toxic chemical ingredients.
Here is the list of 12 toxic ingredients to avoid according to the David Suzuki Foundation:
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): These synthetic antioxidants are used as preservatives, among others in lipsticks and moisturizers, but also widely used as food preservatives.
P-Phenylenediamine (tar) : dyes based on coal tar and natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics and many hair dyes.
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA and TEA : Substances used to make cosmetics creamy and sparkling. DEA also acts as a pH regulator, found in moisturizers and sunscreens. DEA, MEA and TEA are also found in soaps, cleansers and shampoos. And yet, they are also used for industrial purposes in oil refineries ...
DBP (dibutyl phthalate) : Ingredient used in nail products as a solvent but also as a plasticizer, preventing nail polish from becoming brittle. Also used as a perfume in many cosmetics and unfortunately not listed in the list of ingredients (see also Fragrance / Fragrance). DBP is commonly used in PVC plastics to make it flexible.
Formaldehyde releasers : Several formaldehyde-releasing agents are used as preservatives in most cosmetic products (see DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, QUARTERNIUM-15). These agents are used in the production of resins in wood products, vinyl flooring and other plastics, permanent press fabrics and toilet bowl cleaners.
parabens : Preservatives most used in conventional cosmetics. When used as a perfume, the consumer will not find it on the label (see Fragrance / Fragrance). More 75 90% commercial cosmetics would contain parabens, such as shampoos, cleansers, scrubs, conditioners, lotions, etc. Today, it is indicated as toxic for the environment.
Fragrance / fragrance: The term "perfume" on a list of cosmetic ingredients (when indicated, because it may not be) is usually a complex mixture of more than a dozen chemicals (there are more than 3000 different ). Attention, almost all personal care products contain, even products called "unscented" (which is added a chemical masking agent that prevents the brain to perceive the smell)! They are found in many other consumer products such as laundry detergents, softeners and cleaning products.
PEG (polyethylene glycols): Petroleum based compounds and widely used in commercial cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners and moisture carriers. They are often used as bases in moisturizers, liquid soaps, shampoos, bubble baths and shower gels. Also used in pharmaceuticals as laxatives.
Petrolatum : It is known as Vaseline. It's actually a jelly mineral oil, a by-product of the oil industry. It is used as a barrier to retain moisture in the skin, in moisturizers, lip balms and in hair care products to shine hair.
siloxanes : Silicone compounds used to soften, smooth and moisturize moisturizing and deodorant creams, as well as makeup, hair products and facial treatments. Siloxanes can also be found in medical implants, water-repellent windshield coatings, construction mastics and lubricants.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) : Ingredient used in cosmetics as a detergent and as a foaming ingredient. It is commonly used in shampoos, toothpastes, soaps, shower gels and facial cleansers, as well as household cleaners such as dish soap. This very irritating chemical is unfortunately well absorbed by the skin.
Triclosan : Mainly used in antiperspirants and deodorants, cleansers and disinfectants for the hands, toothpastes, soaps, shaving creams, as a preservative and antibacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergents, facial tissues, antiseptics for wounds, toys, linens, mattresses, toiletries, clothing, furniture fabrics, paints, and many others products having medical applications.
This list says a lot and concerns us all, because we use each and every one of the products of corporal or household care. Realize that we absorb these harmful ingredients daily by applying them on our skin, breathing them, swallowing them ...
It's not about being scared, but about being aware. If every day we use several products containing small doses of its multiple toxic ingredients, they end up adding up. In addition, they combine with other toxic substances in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we consume ...
And from there, make wise choices for our health.
Valérie Pelletier, Certified Herbalist-Naturopath and President Passion Herbale
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