Would You Put Gasoline On Your Skin?
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for whatever you put on your skin to enter your system? Your personal care products…substances like hair care products, facial products, bath and body washes and lotions may contain chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment.
Many of the ingredients on this list disrupt the endocrine system. There are also some known carcinogens. The problem is that there is almost no oversight of this industry in the USA like there is in Europe and other countries.
So many of the harmful ingredients found in American skincare and other personal care products are not permissible in the European Union. As we become label readers and educated consumers, we are holding manufacturers accountable for the ingredients they put into their products. But they still have a long way to go.
Ten Toxic Ingredients to Avoid Putting On Your Skin *
These preservatives prevent mold growth. Parabens mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine disruptors and have also been linked to breast cancer.
Artificial Color and Fragrance
These can trigger allergies, headache, ADHD and asthma, among other things. They cause skin irritation and reproductive problems. The European Union, where oversight in the cosmetic industry is much tighter, has banned many of these ingredients.
These chemicals increase pliability in plastic. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They disrupt the endocrine system. Phthalates have been also linked to breast cancer and can cause reproductive issues in women.
This is an anti-microbial chemical found in anti-bacterial hand cleaners and other personal care products. There is little to no evidence that using anti-bacterial sanitizing products is any better than washing with regular soap and water, but there is a concern that the use of this chemical is contributing to the increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria. This chemical is also an endocrine disruptor, specifically harmful to the thyroid and reproductive hormones.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
These are in many body washes and shampoos. They irritate eyes and skin and cause breathing problems. A major concern with these chemicals is their interaction with other chemicals to become carcinogenic.
This is a main ingredient in embalming fluid! This preservative has been linked to nasal and nasopharyngeal cancers. It can be a skin irritant and negatively impact the immune system.
This is a petroleum by-product and it appears on labels as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, and methylbenzene. As a solvent, it’s used in paint thinners. Toluene is in nail products and hair color/bleaching products. It can cause skin irritation and nausea. Pregnant women should stay away from toluene because it can cause fetal damage.
This is classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It can cause dermatitis and hives in humans in very small concentrations. It is in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.
This is a petroleum distillate. Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product and considered a hazardous material. It’s cheaper for the oil companies to sell it to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries than it is to pay the disposal fees. Those companies sanitize and use it in their products. Mineral oil is occlusive and blocks the absorption of any beneficial ingredients that may be in your skincare. It’s like putting plastic wrap on your skin before applying your skincare products.
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* adapted from: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587
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Thank you, Karen, for the question. I have been putting gasoline on my skin! But I have been aware of it lately. I do have organic choices on hand but with our winters, vaseline has become my friend occasionally. Am going through some skin issues, so have been doing some research. Thanks for your timely post.
Lily…I can give you some help in that area if you would like to discuss or have any specific questions. I am a distributor for a health and wellness company that includes a skincare line. Feel free to PM me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Thanks, Karen. I will keep that in mind. I have some complicated auto-immune skin disorder. I’m trying out a couple of things at a time for a few months right now. Will see how that goes.