The Dangers of Beauty and Skin Care Products
The reason that so many companies are using hazardous and toxic ingredients in beauty products is because those ingredients are cheap, easily available, and very simple to dilute making it very profitable to put out a mass consignment of toxic skincare products.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. But it is also the thinnest. It is only approximately 25mm thick, and this is all that between you and dangerous toxins. Your skin is very absorbent which allows what you apply to your skin to access to your bloodstream (and thereby to the rest of your body).
There is a piece of advice which recommends not putting anything on your skin that you wouldn’t be willing to eat.
It needs to be understood that skin damage isn’t always immediately visible, it happens slowly over time. But you can start combating the negative steps by making a few changes in your skincare regime.
In order to combat dry skin, it’s important to moisturize every daily with organic moisturizers such as coconut oil or body butter. The difference with organic products is that instead of clogging up the pores of your skin, they actually nourish it.
It’s especially important to cleanse and moisturize before you go to bed at night, to remove impurities from your skin before your revitalizing sleep time. Just be sure your moisturizer isn’t tainted with toxins.
Well-known physician, Dr Mercola, strongly encourages consumers to look for skincare products with organic ingredients. Mainly because the average shopper doesn’t realize just how dangerous many moisturizer ingredients can be. Be sure to check your products against the list of dangerous ingredients that follows.
What are the Ingredients that you need to Avoid in your Skin and Hair Care Products?
(Look for these in your current products) :
Parabens: used in over 13000 products. They have behaviours which disrupt the hormones and are connected to cancer.
Petrolatum, Paraffin, and Mineral Oil : (this is black, slimy oil pumped from deep underground. Think about it.) Petroleum covers the skin and clogs the pores which creates a build-up of toxins. It can slow cellular development which ironically creates signs of aging at an earlier age. They can also disrupt hormonal activity and there is a suggestion of a suspected cause of cancer.
Phenol carbolic acid: Has been known to cause circulatory collapse and paralysis. It’s even possible to cause death from respiratory failure.
Acrylamide: Linked to mammary tumors.
Toluene: Made from petroleum and coal tar. Continued exposure to this has been linked to anemia and liver or kidney damage. Even might negatively affect a developing fetus.
Propylene glycol: Besides irritating the skin, this can inhibit skin cell growth. There is also a suspected link to kidney and liver problems.
Also try to avoid Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), and Dioxane.
Unfortunately when it comes to the beauty industry money reigns supreme. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is a joke when it comes to appropriately warning consumers about potentially dangerous products.
Currently it is estimated that there are over 10 000 cosmetic and personal care products on the North American market. Of all these products, the Environmental Working Group suggests that 99% of them contain one or more ingredients that have never been evaluated for safety.
So how does the Cosmetic Industry get away for getting these products onto the store shelves?
By using a bunch of easy legal loopholes.
• “For Professional Use Only” – When cosmetic companies attach this phrase it allows them to not mention any harmful chemicals on their labels.
• Harmful Chemicals – Unbelievably harmful toxins are not required to be mentioned on the product label unless they are intentionally added to the product.
• “Hypoallergenic” –In order to claim that a product is “hypoallergenic”, “allergy-free” or “safe for sensitive skin”. No actual testing is necessary and no regulating body (including the FDA) even requires the producers to prove these statements.
In just the USA the cosmetics industry is a $50 billion a year business – and money talks.
On average women who use makeup daily absorb nearly 2.5kg each year.
The FDA cannot take action on any product until it has already severely injured or killed a lot of people. And because the cosmetic companies are motivated by their financial gains, they have no incentive or reason to admit any dangers of their products.
What you put on your skin has the chance to be absorbed into your bloodstream and therefore integrates into your body’s tissues. A number of these potential toxins can wreak havoc on all your good health intentions. Therefore think of it this way: Do you ever put ingredients onto your skin that you wouldn’t think of eating?
Why Choose Organic Ingredients in your Beauty Products?
Look for “Certified organic” products (these are agricultural products which are grown and processed per the USDA’s national organic standards).
The reason you eat organic foods is to avoid many of the chemicals in the foods. So do the same for your skin: whatever you apply to your skin invariably winds up in your bloodstream.
Whenever you apply skin care products, it is ideal to use products from nature that nourish your skin the same way you nourish your body. Also try find products that encourage skin rejuvenation.
What ingredients you should have in your skin care products?
Look out for these:
Sweet Orange Oil – provides antioxidants and is rich in nutrients that promote skin rejuvenation.
Cupuacu Butter – has good water absorption, high content of sterols, and great nutritional benefits generally.
Vitamin E – helps prevent damage from ultraviolet light. It is works well on scars and wrinkles. Generally improves the appearance and health of your skin.
Aloe Vera – great healing qualities (bites, irritations, burns) and also soothes and moisturizes the skin.
Calendula – a very nourishing herb used to moisturize and soften the skin. It also rejuvenates your skin and reduces the appearance of the natural signs of aging. Helps with relaxation too.
Apple – the juice from apples benefits the skin too. The minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, copper and chlorine makes your skin glow and gives it a healthy look.
Coconut Oil – highly resistant to oxidation, has anti-fungal benefits and is one of the best oils to use on your skin.
Acai Oil – has an amazing combination of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids. It also contains boosting vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, and C, and minerals such as calcium and potassium.
Sunflower Oil – contains an extremely high amount of vitamin E. Also high in vitamins A, C and D, all of which have protective qualities.
Lavender – has skin care benfits and huge relaxation and caliming influences.
Sesame Oil – rich in antioxidants and pulls toxins from your skin. Helps to prevent blackheads, clear the skin of pimples, and fade dark spots. Also contains Vitamin E and Lecithin and has antibacterial and antifungal benefits.
Chamomile – promotes relaxation and soothes your skin.
So when it comes to putting creams on your skin, be aware of what you are exposing your body to. Do research, look for natural ingredients and make sure to avoid the toxins mentioned at the top of the article.
A few simple steps will help your skin stay healthy and looking younger for many more years.