Toxic Cosmetics and Skin Care Products
Do you read the insert or box when you buy a "beauty"
product? Ever noticed the warning - if rash occurs
Have you ever examined the ingredients listed on the labels
of your cosmetics or other skin care products?
Do you know what those ingredients are?
Did you know that many common additives in cosmetics and
other skin care products may actually contribute to premature
What you may not realize is that many of the skin care
products and cosmetics you are buying contain ingredients that
are not only harmful to your skin, but also to your long term
Many of these toxic cosmetics have ingredients are known
carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and are used by the
cosmetic industry simply because they are cheap!
Harmful Ingredients Commonly Found in Skin Care Products
The following are just some of the synthetic chemicals that
have been identified by scientific studies to be harmful to our
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Often described as being "derived from coconut" to disguise
their toxic nature, these chemicals are commonly used in
shampoos, toothpaste, foaming facial and body cleansers and
SLS and ALS can cause severe skin irritation, and are easily
absorbed into the body, building up in the brain, heart, lungs
and liver, leading to potential long term health problems. SLS
and ALS may also cause cataracts, and prevent children's eyes
from developing properly.
Parabens are widely used in cosmetics, deodorants, skin care
and baby products to prolong their shelf life. They are known
to be highly toxic and have caused rashes and allergic
Recent scientific studies in the UK found a strong link
between the use of parabens and the increasing rate of breast
cancer in women. Researchers found a high concentration of
parabens in 90% of breast tumors tested.
Found in many beauty creams, cosmetics and cleansers,
Propylene Glycol can cause skin rashes and contact dermatitis,
and has been shown to cause damage to the kidneys and
Alcohol is used as a solvent in many skin care products. It
causes skin irritation and strips the skin of its natural acid
mantle, promoting the growth of bacteria, moulds and viruses.
It may also cause premature aging of skin.
DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) and MEA
These substances are harsh solvents and detergents that are
used in cosmetics and face and body creams as an emollient.
They can cause allergic reactions, and long term use of
DEA-based products (such as Cocamide DEA) have been linked to
an increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.
A common ingredient in antiperspirants, aluminum has been
linked to Alzheimer's Disease.
Derived from petroleum (crude oil), mineral oil is commonly
found as a main ingredient of face and body creams and
cosmetics. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil!
It coats the skin like a plastic film, clogging pores and
stopping the skin from eliminating toxins, which can lead to
acne and other skin disorders.
Other petroleum based ingredients include paraffin wax,
paraffin oil and petrolatum.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Used as a thickener in skin care products and cosmetics,
PEGs interfere with the skin's natural moisture balance,
causing an increase in aging and leaving the skin vulnerable to
Talc is a soft mineral used in talcum powders and cosmetic
powders. Scientific studies have shown that routine application
of talcum powder to the genital area is linked with a
three-to-fourfold increase in the development of ovarian
cancer. Inhaling cosmetic powders containing talc may also be
harmful to long term health.
How To Avoid These Toxins
Examine the labels of your cosmetics and skin care products
carefully, and learn to recognize ingredients that are harmful
to your skin and to your health.
Many web sites have lists of potentially harmful ingredients
in addition to those shown above (e.g. Environmental Working
Don't be fooled by the words 'natural' or 'organic' on the
front of the label. Many products contain at least one or two
natural or organic ingredients, but they may also contain
harmful synthetic chemicals as well.
Whenever possible, choose products
with 100% natural ingredients such as essential oils and herbs.
Your skin, body, and brain will love you for it!
Remember, everything you put on your skin will be absorbed
into your body. You would think that the more expensive the
skin care product is, the more body friendly it would be -
sorry to say that is not necessarily true.
©2006 Answers For Your Health.com/Toxic Cosmetics and Skin Care