"2. Beauty productsBecause you put beauty products directly on your skin, your body can absorb toxic chemicals from them. The ingredients in many beauty projects can accelerate free radicals, cause respiratory damage, and have other aging and health affects, as well. Some to watch for include:
- Toxic shampoos that contain petroleum distillates and other chemicals. Many shampoos also contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), which can damage mucous membranes, the respiratory tract, and the immune system. They may also contain fragrance. When a label list fragrance, it may indicate as many as 4,000 different compounds. Many of these can lead to health problems, respiratory distress, and may even be carcinogenic and impose fertility issues or complications.
- Body washes, cleansers and bubble baths may contain SLS and SLES, which we discussed above. They may also contain DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) or TEA (triethanolamine). These chemicals are carcinogens and hormone disrupters, which can prematurely age you.
- Antiperspirants contain imidazolindinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin, two preservatives that are components of formaldehyde. This can cause joint pain, asthma, cancer, and other conditions. They also often contain aluminum, which is associated with brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Nail polish also contains these ingredients, as do many other beauty products.
Scary right?????? I have been turned around by this! I have been going through all of my haircare and skincare products looking for the bad stuff so I can replace it. I know in my last post I talked about using Pond's cold cream and that it had dmdm hydantin in it and that was famaldihyde, just as she mentioned ubove...and it's dangerous! Also, me and my coworker Kaitlyn were looking online today for the so called sulfate free shampoo and other haircare products, but actually looking at the list, we discovered some sneaky strategies to get the sulfates in ...undetected. Here is an example: Carol's Daughter's Manoi sulfate free shampoo is supposedly "all natural" and "sulfate free", but here are the first few ingredients:Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. Both are surfactants, a.k.a. sulfates that are not good for your hair. Ojon is guilty of this too. Am I ever gonna find a good natural hair product?? I have been really excited about Lush products lately. Me and Kaitlyn are actually going there thursday! Woo Hoo!! But as I was reading the ingredients list of the shampoos they make that are supposedly natural...sodium laureth and lauryl sulfates were present. I was bummed. What is the use of all the great fantastic ingredients if they are going to be up against a detergent? Most of Lush"s products are fantastic. I use Skin Drink moisturizer and it is all natural and awesome, but the shampoos are not. So I will keep looking.