You should probably avoid these 17 chemicals found in most skin care routines.
1. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)–
Used as a penetration enhancer- It often
contains 1,4- dioxane and ethylene oxide. Known carcinogens.
2. Di butyl Phthalates-
(DBP, DEHP, DEP) Plasticizers used in toys,
fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions- linked to endocrine
disruption, liver, kidney, and lung damage and cancer.
Used as preservative- Linked to cancer, endocrine
disruption, and reproductive toxicity.
Used as a preservative as well as embalming- Carcinogen,
skin irritant. Found in nail products, hair dyes, eyelash adhesives,
shampoos. Banned in the U.K.
Suspected Carcinogens, Used to emulsify or make
foamy in shampoos, Body washes, soaps.
Found in antibacterial hand sanitizers and deodorants –
Linked to cancer and endocrine disruption.
7. Sodium Laurel/ Laureth (ether) Sulfates (SLS, SLES)-
Makes soap foamy Formerly used as an industrial degreaser. Absorbed by body, Skin
Used in nail and hair products often hidden under fragrances.
Disrupts immune and endocrine systems
9. Fragrances/ Perfumes –
Catchall for hidden chemicals such as
Phthalates and others. Linked to headaches, dizziness, asthma,
allergies, also see under Phthalates.
Used in sunscreens, accumulates in fatty tissues. Linked
to allergies and hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight,
Also: benzophenone, PABA, Avobenzone, Homosalates, ethoxycinnmate.
11. Coal Tar-
Known carcinogen – Used in dry skin treatment, anti-lice,
anti-dandruff treatment shampoos- AKA: FD&C, Red no.6 etc. synthetic
Banned in U.K.
Similar to composition of asbestos, found in Baby Powder, eye
shadows, blush, deodorant- Linked to Ovarian Cancer and respiratory
13. Ethoxylated Surfactants and 1,4- dioxane –
Never listed because it is
a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make
other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has
found 1,4 dioxane in 57% of Baby Washes in the U.S. Avoid any
ingredients containing the letters “eth”.
(contaminant in products) Carcinogen found in lipstick, hair
dye. Never listed!
Allergen, impairs brain development. Found in mascara, eye
drops, cosmetics, sunscreen, some medications, vaccines, some water to
Found in Antiperspirants. Clogs pores to reduce sweating
which causes the inability to release toxins and clog lymph glands.
Possible link to Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and bone and kidney
17 .Mineral oil-
(Baby Oil), (Petroleum Jelly), wood oil. By-Product of
petroleum. Found in moisturizers, Styling Gels- Impairs skin’s ability
to breath and release toxins
This is why we provide organic, wild-crafted, & all natural skin care products infused with therapeutic grade essential oils.
Take control of your skin care routine www.unforgettableoils.com
Purity is very important to us, and to you too I assume. When we go to
the store to go shopping for food to feed ourselves and our families
we want the very best, right? No pesticides, herbicides, and GMO’s
because everything we put into our bodies has to be processed,
filtered and utilized before what we don’t or can’t use is eliminated.
Unfortunately, our bodies don’t know what to do with these chemicals
and we can’t always get rid of them. They get stuck in our tissues and
as hard as our bodies work sending our internal armies to get rid of
these foreign substances they are unrecognizable. What many people don’t know is
everything that we put on our skin goes through the same process. So
what are these chemicals that are in the products that are like food
for our skin?
I was asked to write something that listed the top 5 chemicals found
in skin care and in some of the first-aid items we commonly buy and
why we at Unforgettable Oils don’t use them. I had a really hard time
narrowing it down to only 5 so I’ve included a few more. I figured if
it’s important to me it probably is to you too. This is not an all-inclusive
list of things we don’t/won’t use but it’s a good start for
you to keep your eyes open for the next time your in the health care
Article by Diane Knickerbocker
Resources: 520 toxic ingredients to avoid… Tree Hugger- Living – Organic
Dirty Dozen- Cosmetics to Avoid by David Suzuki Foundation
10 Toxic Beauty ingredients to Avoid – Huffington
Post by Vanessa
Bubble & Bee- Top 5 Chemicals, Globalhealingcenter.com