I am sure that you have seen thousands of commercials for anti-aging products that claim to reverse aging, erase wrinkles, get rid of age spots, and more. You have read here about many of these products. You probably have a daily routine using about 10 different products, as most of us do.
Did you know that not all these cosmetics are created equal? While there are many creams, lotions, cleansers and shampoos that are perfectly safe to use, there are also some, toxic chemicals in cosmetics, you should avoid as much as you possibly can. I am going to list only 3 of the commonly used chemicals that are not only bad for your body and skin, but environment as well.
3 toxic chemicals to avoid:
Parabens: They are added to creams and lotions to preserve them, to keep them fresh longer. They are also used as fragrance, but not disclosed on the label, because that’s considered a trade secret.
Parabens can interfere with hormonal function and male reproductive function.
Instead of rejuvenating you, Parabens actually age your skin, and can cause DNA damage.
It is also found in foods such as strawberries, carrots and barley, but as a naturally occurring product in food, it is easily metabolized when eaten.
Also watch for the following related ingredients: butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben
BHA and BHT: (butyllated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene), respectively, are added to lipsticks and moisturizers to preserve them. BHA and BHT are synthetic antioxidants, and are also added to commercially prepared foods to preserve it. Remember me mentioning that food is full of chemicals in previous posts? Well, this just one of the many.
It is believed that long term exposure to these substances may cause liver, lung, blood coagulation and kidney problems. Scary stuff, isn’t it?
DEA: (diethanolamine) is commonly used in products such as soaps and shampoos to produce soapy lather. It may come as a surprise to you to know, that shampoos don’t have to lather to be effective.
DEA can cause various degrees of irritation to skin and eyes. That’s probably why your eyes sting when soap gets into them.
As things stand now, Europe is much more advanced and proactive in limiting and restricting use of these toxic chemicals. USA and Canada, not so much! So, it is up to you as a consumer to pay close attention to the ingredients in the products you purchase. You need to know what to buy, and what to avoid.