Cosmetic and Skin Care Dangers

Check your current skin care products to see if they contain any of the following ingredients. Many companies use these simply because they are cheap!

Information derived from: http://www.safecosmetics.org/

Ingredient

Use

Dangers

Acrylamide Found in many facial creams. Linked to nerve damage and mammary tumors.
Dioxane Petroleum-derived carcinogenic compound that is used intentionally in dry cleaning solvents, lacquers and automotive coolant. Hidden in ingredients such as PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Very common in personal care products. These chemicals are often contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane that’s easily absorbed through the skin. Its carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965, and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages are considered extremely vulnerable, making it, in my opinion, a really bad idea to use these things on your face.
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum These petroleum (black oil pumped from the ground) products coat the skin like plastic, which clogs pores and creates a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of aging. They’re implicated as a suspected cause of cancer and can disrupt hormonal activity.
Parabens Heavily used preservatives in the cosmetic industry; used in over 13,000 skin care products. Parabens have been linked with cancer because of their hormone-disrupting qualities that mimic estrogen and could disrupt your body’s endocrine system.
Phenol carbolic acid Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure.
Propylene glycol Common cosmetic moisturizer and carrier for fragrance oils. Studies show that it may inhibit skin cell growth, cause dermatitis, and skin irritation. It has also been linked to kidney and liver problems.
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), also known as Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS) Used to create foam in products. SLES and SLS breaks down your skin’s moisture barrier, which can lead to dry skin and premature aging. They easily penetrate your skin, they can allow other chemicals easy access. SLS combined with other chemicals may become a “nitrosamine” – a potent carcinogen.
Toluene Very hazardous solvent that may be poisonous! It is made from petroleum and coal tar and is commonly found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure to this solvent has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver and kidney damage. It may also affect a developing fetus.

Please keep in mind when putting anything on your skin, that your skin is not only your largest organ…it is also the thinnest. Only 1/10th of an inch separates you from an onslaught of toxins. Your skin absorbs approximately 60% of everything you put on it. That means that what you apply to your skin has access to your bloodstream and the rest of your organs. This is why we created only products that are pure enough to eat! You may not want to…but you can!

So, having read the above, do you really think it’s OK to put these things on your skin?

No?

I don’t think so either.

Besides avoiding these hazards, there are some other steps you can take to create that young-looking skin you really want…Read these simple skin care tips to help keep your skin younger, longer.