Ingredients to Avoid Using

If it is applied it is absorbed, straight to your blood stream!! Its a sad fact so we urge you to take your health in to your own hands & do your research…

Links:

http://safecosmetics.org
http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com

Sulfates (sodium or ammonium lauryl/laureth/myreth sulfate):

Synthetic ingredients used to create foam or to allow liquid to spread or absorb easily. Commonly found in soap, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. Sulfates are known to irritate the skin and in some cases cause eczema. and linked to cancer

Triclosan is a commonly used antimicrobial agent found in color cosmetics, creams, shaving products, detergents, toothpastes, and antibacterial soaps. The chemical accumulates in our bodies and has been linked to hormone disruption and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibodies and antibacterial products. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=718

Synthetic Parabens (methyl, proply, ethyl, butyl):

Synthetic preservatives used in lotions, gels, shampoos, toners, deodorants, antiperspirants and sunscreens. Synthetic parabens have the potential to mimic estrogen which can result in reproductive abnormalities and breast cancer. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291

Phthalates:

Ingredients used to enhance fragrance or make it last longer. They are commonly found in perfumes, fragrance, hair products, deodorants, body lotions and nail polish. Unfortunately they are NOT required to be listed on labels as they are classified as proprietary. This is a cause for concern as consumers have no real way of knowing which products contain them. In order to be a savvy consumer avoid products that claim an ingredient as ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’. They are believed to cause cancer, disrupt DNA and have been linked to birth defects. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=290

Formaldehyde:

can be added to products as an ingredient or released from formaldehyde-releasing preservatives such as quaternium-15. Formaldehyde is used as an ingredient in nail polish, nail glue and eyelash glue. Formaldehyde is also used in hair-smoothing and straightening products. Other personal care products such as baby shampoo, baby soap and body wash may contain formaldehyde even though it is not listed as an ingredient. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=599

Butylated Compounds:

BHA is primarily used as an antioxidant and preservative in food, cosmetics, food packaging and animal feed. It also serves as a preservative and antioxidant in pharmaceutical preparations and cosmetic formulations that contain oils and fats. Dermal exposure to BHA occurs from its use as an antioxidant in commercial products, especially lipstick and eye shadow. BHT is a toluene-base ingredient that is used as a preservative in both food and personal care products. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=1160

Petrochemicals:

Ingredients found in petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin, and propylene glycol which are unfortunately in the base of most personal care products such as lip balms, baby moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners. Sulfates, parabens and phthalates are all either derived from petrochemicals or contaminated with them. The scary part is that research has shown they potentially cause cancer, disrupt DNA, and can cause birth defects.

Nitrosamines:

Form when certain compounds such as diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA) are used in products along with preservatives that can break down into nitrates. As these compounds break down over time, they can recombine into nitrosamines. DEA and TEA are additives commonly used in cosmetics to adjust the pH level or to act as wetting agents [2]. Other ingredients with “amine” in the name (which indicates amino acids, or building blocks of proteins) can indicate the potential for nitrosamine contamination. Nitrosamines can form in nearly every kind of personal care product, including mascara, concealer, conditioner, baby shampoo, pain-relief salve and sunless tanning lotion. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=293

Heavy Metals:

Some metals play important roles in normal functions of the body. For instance, iron is necessary for blood oxygenation. However, when these metals accumulate they may have serious negative effects. Other metals, such as lead and mercury, do not have normal physical functions in the body. Cancerous breast biopsies show higher accumulations of nickel, zinc, cadmium, mercury and lead than non-cancerous biopsies. In addition, several metals act like estrogen in the presence of some breast cancer cells. Metals have been found as contaminants in a range of cosmetic products including sunscreen, foundation, nail polish, lipstick and whitening toothpaste. Several ingredients derived from plant sources like cottonseed oils and rice derivatives may also contain heavy metals such as lead and mercury. While some metals are contaminants of the chemical combining process, others serve as colorants. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=292

Synthetic Musks:

Are used in fragrance formulations for personal care products including perfumes, lotions, colognes and body sprays. The most common types of musks used in cosmetics are nitromusks (e.g., musk ketone) and polycyclic musks (e.g., galaxolide and tonalide). Because synthetic musks are persistent and bioaccumulate in our bodies and in nature, reducing the use of fragranced products containing these chemicals could make a significant difference to pollution in people and the environment. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=643

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