Ingredients in Skincare
The skin will actually absorb and feed on up to 60% of what we apply to it and what it comes in contact with. Sending it full strength into the bloodstream where it becomes material for building new body tissue. Or, it becomes potent toxic waste.
It will absorb the good stuff as well though, meaning our outer protective layer needs to be nurtured and respected with nature derived ingredients to help nourish and heal.
The skin is alive so needs other ‘alive’ ingredients to play with. Synthetic ingredients cannot give life to the skin.
Plant and nature based ingredients can so they are our one and only suggestion. Think of your beauty products not as cosmetics but as food for the skin and body.
Skin care and cosmetics are part of our daily ritual so think of all the chemicals and toxins your body is absorbing in these. A lot of health issues we face today can be explained by the effects of these ingredients. In particular hormone disruptors that lead to hormonal imbalances and reproductive difficulties.
10 INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN SKINCARE & COSMETICS
Parabens (ethyl, methyl, propyl, benzyl, butyl) are toxic synthetic preservatives.
Abundant in skincare and deodorant, a preservative and antibacterial added to extend a product’s shelf life.
Found in breast cancer tumours.
Antimicrobial chemicals that mimic oestrogen so have a huge hormone-disrupting effects. This leads to sterility in men and hormone imbalances in females.
They play havoc on the nervous and immune system and use can lead to birth defects and organ toxicity.
2. SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES, POLYMERS, COLOURS
These endocrine disrupters mimic hormones and may alter genital development.
Derived from petroluem, coal tar or just plain synthetic.
Highly processed, their manufacture creates toxic by-products and deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation, nausea, mood swings, headaches and fatigue.
Colours will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a colour and a number.
Only use fragrance that it’s derived from essentials oils.
3. DMDM HYDANTION + UREA (IMIDAZOLIDINYL)
Two of many preservatives that often release a carcinogen called formaldehyde which may cause:
internal bleeding, joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.
Exposure may also irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravate coughs and colds. Other possible side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer.
4. MINERAL OIL(PETROCHEMICALS / PETROLEUM DERIVATIVES)
It is in everything these days. Baby Oil is 100% Mineral Oil.
Synthetic petroleum-based ingredients such as MINERAL OIL are derived from crude oil. They form a barrier when applied suffocating the skin leaving it unable to eliminate toxins and clogs pores. Slowing skin function and cellular development. This also lead to acne and other skin disorders.
Natural plant, fruit and seed oils are fabulous alternatives.
5. MEA (Monoethanolamine) /DEA (Diethanolamine) /TEA (Triethanolamine)
MEA /DEA /TEA are used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilizers, and to adjust the pH of cosmetics, they can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin. Can cause depression, hyperactivity, irritiability, inability to cope, behavioral problems.
DEA & TEA are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can react with other ingredients to form potent carcinogenic chemicals called nitrosamines that are linked to liver, stomach, bladder and esophagus cancers.
Readily absorbed through the skin and accumulates in organs such as the brain, where it induces chronic toxic effects.
6. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE + (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
Sulphates such as Sodium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth, are commonly used harsh detergents that give cleansers, soaps, and shampoos their foamability.
Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. It leads to eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea and severe skin irritation.
A carcinogen that is absorbed into the body via skin application and mimics the activity of estrogen. This leads to PMS, decreased fertility in men as well as an increase in cancers such as breast cancer in women.
7. PROPYLENE GLYCOL + BUTYLEN GLYCOL
The EPA considers Propylene Glycol so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying them in the ground! PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns against any skin contact as consequences include brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.
It has alarming reproductive effects and is ingestible poison. They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure.
As a humectant, propylene glycol will actually remove water from skin. Not what you want your moisturizer to do. This leads to premature ageing and depletes the skin of nutrients.
Also commonly used in cleaning products and made from the same chemical that is used to create ANTI-FREEZE!
A synthetic antibacterial. Tricolsan is registered with the EPA as both a pesticide and a probable carcinogen, giving it high scores as a risk to both human health and the environment.
A hormone disruptors with long-term health risks leading to changed genetic material, decreased fertility and sexual function, and birth defects. Stored in body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidneys and lungs and can cause paralysis, suppression of immune function, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems.
Often not listed on products. Commonly used as a plasticizer in everything from skincare, cosmetics, nail polish, perfume, hair products and deodorants. Known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system. Suspected of causing birth defects, lowering sperm counts and a breast cancer risk.
Increases the likelihood of cell mutation.
10. CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS
Such as oxybenzone and octylmethoxycinnamate, have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity.
11. ANIMAL TESTING!
Something to think about….