Toxic Cosmetics: The Beauty you Should Avoid

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These days almost everything is packed up with chemicals and it’s almost impossible to get away from them. And, if you are trying to do so, you are very likely to do it through food. Normally, when we think of being healthy and having a natural lifestyle, the first thing that comes to mind is food; natural food, organic non-processed food.

But, if you stop to think about it, there are dangerous chemicals elsewhere in our lives! The cosmetics we use on a daily basis can be just as dangerous – if not more! – to our health than processed heavily sprayed food.

Adults absorb 60% of the chemicals we put on our skin; and when it comes to babies, the number can go up to 100%! Plus, they have higher risk of developing diseases later in life if exposed to certain toxins.

The health issues that are most commonly liked to toxic chemicals that humans consume (eating, drinking or through absorption) are learning disabilities, skin allergies, infertility, birth defects, reproductive problems and even cancer!

As you can see, there are a lot of reproductive-related issues linked to the chemicals we consume, and most of the toxins responsible for that are found in cosmetics! That happens because many of the chemicals used in the beauty/ toiletries industry cause hormonal disruption.

Now, this is not only affecting woman around the world. Make up is filled with chemicals, trendy beauty and health care products are as well. But so is your toothpaste and even the soap you use to wash your hands. This is really a hazard for the entire family. Those names are not always on the labels, so we have to be extra careful.

The top toxins you will find (and should avoid) in cosmetics:

  • Parabens: These synthetic preservatives largely used in cosmetics and personal care product, and even in baby’s lotions, parabens are known to interrupt the normal function of the endocrine system and cause severe allergies.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This industrial chemical detergent was created to clean and produce foam and it is found in shampoo, toothpaste and liquid soap.
  • Aluminum: This is a toxic metal and it is the base-compound for a wide variety of cosmetics; it can be found in shampoo, antiperspirant deodorant and even nasal spray.
  • Synthetic Formaldehyde: This one is famous! It is a highly toxic Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) often found in nail polish and hair relaxer. It is forbidden in some countries (although tome salons will fail to mention that to you), and that is never a good sign! Its vapor causes air pollution and extreme allergies and it is toxic to the liver and carcinogenic
  • Toluene: This is a neurotoxin found in many cosmetics, mainly in nail polish. It can affect the brain function and your central nervous system and it can also interfere with normal fetal and childhood development.

Here is some scary information about some widely used cosmetics:

  • Shampoo: The average number of chemicals found in shampoo is 15, the most dangerous of them being Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Tetrasodium and Propylene Glycol. The possible side effects of those chemicals are irritation and possible damage to the eyes.
  • Eye shadow: The average number of chemicals found in eye shadows is 26, the most dangerous of them being PolyethyleneTerephthalate, a resin of the polyester family used in synthetic fibers that can cause hormonal disruption, infertility, damage to various organs and is even linked to cancer.
  • Lipstick: The average number of chemicals found in a lipstick is 33, the most dangerous of them being Polymethyl Methacrylate, that can cause allergies and it’s linked to cancer.
  • Fake Tan: The average number of chemicals found in fake tan lotions is 22, the most dangerous of them being Ethylparaben, Methylparaben and Propylparaben, that can cause irritation to the skin and hormonal disruption.
  • Deodorant: The average number of chemicals found in deodorants is 15, the most dangerous of them being Isopropyl Myristate and Aluminum, that can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems and hormonal disruption.
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