Your skin can absorb up to 100% of what you put on it, so please stop using harmful, over priced products known to cause skin allergies, irritation, disrupt hormones, cause reproductive issues, birth defects and even cancer!
Here are My Top 12 Toxins to Stay Clear Of:
Highly toxic chemicals still used redly in the cosmetic industry as a preservative in skin care. There are many controversial opinions that the molecular structure is too large to pass through the skin barrier, therefore cannot travel through to the bloodstream. However, research proves that they indeed find trace amounts of this chemical in breast cancer tumors, therefore blowing the theory of not absorbing through the skin. Any ingredient ending in paraben, is a Paraben; ethyl, methyl, etc Butylene, Propylene Glycol is anti-freeze (yes you heard it correct!) used as a surfactant and wetting agent and also a derivative.
2. Phthalates (DBP,DMP,DEP)
Found as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children. Used to make plastic and vinyl material, soft and more flexible. Not always detectible, but most companies disguise this chemical as “fragrance, parfum” in their ingredient list. It is best to stay away from any label that only states the word “fragrance” as it brings a potential of 100’s of unknown ingredients that are not derived from nature.
Found in a multitude of products mostly as an anti foaming agent. Found as a contaminant, toxic to organs, cancer causing and toxic to our environment and yes it is derived from the stuff we fill our cars with. It hides behind many names, such as Petrolatum, Xylene, Toluene, Mineral oil, Liquid paraffin PEG (polyethylene glycols) are other derivatives.
4. Silicones (siloxane, methicone)
Used to make a product smooth and silky. Used a lot in eye creams, to give it that silky feel. Another endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxin. It is also the leading cause of milia under the eyes- as it causes clogging of pores.
5.DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine)
“ames” ammonia compounds used to adjust PH. Scored a whopping 10 on the EWG toxic report! Can cause allergic reactions, irritant to eyes, skin and lungs. Known to severely dry hair and skin
6. Benzoyl Peroxide
Found in almost every acne product on the market today because of its “pimple” drying factor. It is also linked to cause skin bleaching, inflammation and rosacea with prolonged use. It produces toxic effects through inhalation and is well known as a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, let alone known and proven ingredient linking to tumor growth. - I HATE this stuff!
Melaleuca is just as antibacterial and effective in drying pimples, without the toxic effects.
7. Sodium Laurl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Harsh cleansing agent and found in over 90% of personal care products that foam. Another ingredient that when being handled, protective gloves, eyewear and face masks are worn.. hello! Disrupts skins natural acid mantle causing excessive dryness. In oily skin this is counter productive, as it sends a message to the brain to make more oil.
Toxic metal that mimics estrogen in our body and disrupting to our endocrine system. Meaning, our body thinks this is estrogen and sends a message to our brain that it has enough and not to make anymore, causing all kinds of hormone related concerns, Aluminum is found in most deodorants and please consider how close it is to your lymph nodes.
Melanin disruptor, often used to treat hyperpigmentation and know to cause a skin condition called Ochronosis, which causes the skin to harden and get dark. It has also been said to cause cancer and is banned in Europe, even in low doses.
10. Sunscreen chemicals
These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body.
Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate.
11. Bismuth oxychloride
Found in some Mineral Make-up. Gives that candle light glow to the skin. It may be a mineral, but not one found in the earth, as it is a byproduct of lead and copper processing used as a binding and bulking agent. Clogs the heck out of your pores.
12. Phenylenediamine (PPD) and friends
Not related to face and body products, but since I was a hairdresser (way back when) I feel the need to tell you-Every permanent hair color out there (unless it is Henna) is derived from Coal Tar.. there is no going around it! Even if it is ammonia free and PPD free, it still contains similar synthetics and/or another derivative- with a different name. In order to alter the pigment in your hair, a chemical change has to happen and so far there really is not a natural alternative. Sorry, I keep looking! There are Teas and Herbs out there that can help add luster to your color.. contact me for any help.
Other names of PPD: p-Phenylenediamine or paraphenylenediamine, 4-phenylenediamine, phenylenediamine, p-diaminobenzene, 4-aminoaniline, 1,4-benzenediamine, 1,4-diaminobenzene