The public's health would greatly benefit simply from being educated on the importance of natural herbal skin care products that are safe and effective. When it comes to the sale of personal care products, it is not illegal for companies to include ingredients that are known or suspected to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins in their products. These toxins are absorbed into our bloodstream through our skin.
Carcinogens: A substance or agent that can cause cells to become cancerous by altering their genetic structure so that they multiply continuously and become malignant. Asbestos, DDT, and tobacco smoke are examples of carcinogens.
Mutagens:Something that causes mutations in living things. Mutagens include chemicals, such as drugs or toxins, and radiation.
Reproductive Toxins:Reproductive toxins are chemicals that can damage the reproductive systems of both men and women. Exposure to these agents before conception can produce a wide range of adverse effects including reduced fertility, unsuccessful, an abnormal fetus, reduced libido, or menstrual dysfunction. Maternal exposure after conception may cause perinatal death, low birth weight, birth defects, developmental and/or behavioural disabilities, and cancer.
The following is a brief list of common toxins to look out for :
Found in -
Shampoos: Diethanolamine (DEA or TEA), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Benzyl/Benzene
Conditioners: Diethanolamine (DEA or TEA) Propylene Glycol
Bubble Bath: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Benzoic/Benzyl, Diethanolamine (DEA or TEA)
Shaving Gels/Creams: Diethanolamine (DEA or TEA), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Shower Bars/Gels: Bentoic/Benzyl, Diethanolamine (DEA or TEA), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Check the ingredients listed on your skin care packages and see if they have a substance by the name of:
Alcohol, or isopropyl:A poisonous solvent and denaturant (altering the structure of other chemicals). Found in hair colour rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after shave lotions, fragrances. Is also a solvent found in shellac. Can cause nausea, vomiting headaches, flushing, depression. Also, dries skin and hair, creates cracks and fissures in the skin which encourage bacterial growth.
DEA (Diethanolamine), DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (triethanolamine):Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. Dr. Samuel Epstein (Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois) says that repeated skin applications . . . of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer. According to Dr. Epstein, "In studies by the National Toxicology Program, to induce cancer of the liver and kidney when applied to the skin of mice, it was shown to be readily absorbed through the skin and to accumulate in organs. After this clear-cut study which was released by the National Toxicology Program, you would expect that the mainstream industry to have acted on this and to replace DEA. Unfortunately that has not happened yet. Thereís been a denial and an attempt to trivialize the risk. Found in bubble bath, shampoo, liquid soap, body lotions, and many other products.
FD&C Colour Pigments: Synthetic colours derived from coal tar. They contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins on the skin. Studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin: These formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and asthma. can also weaken the immune system and even cause cancer. Found in skin body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
Petrolatum: also known as mineral oil jelly, liquid vaseline, paraffinum, liquidum and baby oil. Can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils from the skin causing chapping and dryness, also premature ageing. Prevents elimination of toxins, can cause acne and other disorders.
Propylene Glycol: is a petroleum derivative. It penetrates the skin quickly and can weaken protein and cellular structure. It is a strong skin irritant. A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid, and industrial antifreeze. Strong enough to remove barnacles from boats. In skin and hair care products, propylene glycol works as a humectant, which is a substance that retains the moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warn users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. Found in body lotions, deodorant, hair conditioner, hair gel, creams, and many more products. Molecular weight is 60. (Ingredients with molecular weight of 75 or lower enters our blood stream)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) : A skin irritants. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers - and in 90% of products that foam. It is rapidly absorbed and retained in the eyes, brain, heart, and liver, which may result in harmful long-term effects. SLS could retard healing, cause cataracts in adults, and keep childrenís eyes from developing properly because proteins are dissolved. In fact, studies have shown that washing your hair one time with a shampoo containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate could put as many nitrates into your bloodstream as eating a whole pound of bacon. Animals exposed to SLS and ALS experience eye damage, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation, and even death. SLS and ALS may also damage the skin's immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. Molecular weight of SLS is 40 (Ingredients with a molecular weight of 75 or lower enters our blood stream)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): This synthetic substance is found in most shampoos, manufacturers use it for itís detergent and foam producing properties also because it is cheap. Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium acetyl sulfate are synthetics used in shampoos for their detergent and foam-building properties. "Contaminated with a very potent carcinogen, dioxane and very easily absorbed through the skin," states Dr. Epstein. SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may cause more drying. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing.
Informed people make informed choices. Being aware that there are toxins in skin care, is a great reason to use natural herbal skin care products.
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