Ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics
Some of the ingredients in conventional beauty products are not as good as it seems. Researchers have indicated that one in eight of the 82 ingredients used in personal care products is made up of industrial chemicals: plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (chemicals used to clean dirt from auto parts) and surfactants used in paints and inks. These chemicals contain carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and endocrine disruptors that block, mimic, or unbalance the normal action of our hormones. I leave it to you to imagine what it does to your skin, your body and the environment…
Members of the David Suzuki Foundation interviewed many Canadians to find out how many ingredients on the Dirty Dozen list could be found in their personal cosmetics. Warning! Their results show 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 and is 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 petroleum refineries ...
DBP (dibutyl phthalate) : Ingredient used in nail solvents 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 / Perfume). DBP is commonly used in PVC plastic 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 for wood products, in vinyl and other plastic floor coverings, in fabrics for permanent presses and finally, in toilet bowl cleaners.
parabens : Most used preservatives in conventional cosmetics. When used as a perfume, the consumer will not find them on the label (see Fragrance / Perfume). More than 75 to 90% of commercial cosmetic products contain parabens, such as shampoos, cleansers, exfoliators, conditioners, lotions, etc. Today it is said to be toxic to the environment.
Fragrance / fragrance: The term "perfume" appearing on a list of cosmetic ingredients (when it is indicated, as it may not be) generally represents a complex mixture of more than a dozen chemicals (there are more than 3000 different ). Be careful, almost all personal care products contain it, even the so-called “unscented” products (to which is added a masking chemical which prevents the brain from perceiving odors!). They are present in several other consumer products such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners and cleaning products.
PEG (polyethylene glycols): Petroleum-based compounds widely used in commercial cosmetics as a thickener, solvent, softener and moisture carrier. They also serve as a base in moisturizers, liquid soaps, shampoos, bubble baths and shower gels. Also used in pharmaceuticals as laxatives.
Petrolatum : We know him by the name of Vaseline. It is in fact a mineral oil in jelly, a by-product of the petroleum industry. It is used as a barrier to retain moisture in the skin, and it is incorporated into moisturizers, lip balms and hair care products to make hair shine.
siloxanes : Silicone-based compounds used to soften, smooth and moisturize moisturizing and deodorant creams, makeup, hair products and face treatments. Siloxanes can also be found in medical implants, water repellent windshield coatings, construction sealants and lubricants.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) : Ingredient used in cosmetics as a detergent and as a foaming ingredient. It is commonly used in shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, shower gels, facial cleansers, as well as in household cleaning products such as dish soap. This very irritating chemical is unfortunately well absorbed by the skin.
Triclosan : Mainly used as a preservative and antibacterial agent in antiperspirants and deodorants, cleansers and disinfectants for hands, toothpaste, soaps and shaving creams. . Also found in laundry detergents, tissues, antiseptics for wounds, toys, linens, mattresses, toiletries, clothing, furniture fabrics, paints, and many other products with medical applications.
This list speaks volumes and concerns us all because everyone uses personal care or household products. Realize that we absorb these harmful ingredients daily by applying them to our skin, breathing them, swallowing them…
It is not a question of being afraid but rather of being aware. If each day we use several products containing small doses of its multiple toxic ingredients, they end up adding up. In addition, they combine with the other toxic substances contained in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we consume ...
And having this information, we can make wiser choices for our health.
Valérie Pelletier, Certified Herbalist-Naturopath and President Passion Herbale
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