Chemicals in Cosmetics-Totally Toxic? // 11.20.2008 at 1:49 PM
Did you know that these are common ingredients on cosmetics? Ick!
Antibacterials-Triclosan, widely used in soaps, toothpastes and deodorants, has been detected in breast milk, and one recent study found that it interferes with testosterone activity in cells.
Coal Tar-a known human carcinogen used as an active ingredient in dandruff shampoos and anti-itch creams. Coal-tar-based dyes such as FD&C Blue 1, used in toothpastes
Diethanolamine (DEA)-DEA is a possible hormone disruptor, has shown limited evidence of carcinogenicity and depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.
1,4-Dioxane-a known animal carcinogen and a possible human carcinogen that can appear as a contaminant in products containing sodium laureth sulfate and ingredients that include the terms "PEG," "-xynol," "ceteareth," "oleth" and most other ethoxylated "eth" ingredients.
Formaldehyde-Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans.
Fragrance-catchall term "fragrance" may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm
Lead and Mercury -Neurotoxic lead may appear in products as a naturally occurring contaminant of hydrated silica, one of the ingredients in toothpaste, and lead acetate is found in some brands of men's hair dye.
Nanoparticles-Tiny nanoparticles, which may penetrate the skin and damage brain cells, are appearing in an increasing number of cosmetics and sunscreens.
Parabens-(methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-) Parabens, which have weak estrogenic effects, are common preservatives that appear in a wide array of toiletries.
Petroleum Distillates -Possible human carcinogens, petroleum distillates are prohibited or restricted for use in cosmetics in the E.U. but are found in several U.S. brands of mascara, foot-odor powder and other products.
Thoughts on this? Brands that are more natural that you have found?
I personally use Zia Cosmetics for Facial Products and Alba Botanical for Body Lotion.
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