Are you rubbing toxins into your body on a daily basis without even knowing it? Cosmetic products must be safe, right, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to buy them! Wrong!! Cosmetics are pretty much a self-regulated industry which means it is easy for companies to care more about making money than the health of their clients since they are not held accountable for their actions. What are the big ingredients to avoid and why?
Parabens – hormone disrupters linked to breast cancer and fertility issues
Phthalates – linked to birth defects in boys
Fragrance – Did you know the term ‘fragrance’ can be used to disguise hundreds of ingredients, many of them toxic or carcinogenic?
Mineral oil /petroleum products – found to be carcinogenic, yet many cosmetics (even baby products!) contain these ingredients. These products coat the skin clogging pores and preventing elimination of toxins.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – used in just about any cosmetic that foams. The manufacturing process contaminates this ingredient with 1,4 dioxane – a carcinogen.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, I wanted to keep it simple and get you thinking. Take a look at your beauty regimen – how many of these toxic ingredients are YOU using? What changes can you make to better your health and the health of your family?
I believe if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your body. When you eat something, your liver can filter out the toxins and excrete them in your waste and only allow you to absorb the good stuff. However, when you rub something on your skin (which is your largest organ by the way and great at absorbing things), it bypasses your liver and is absorbed directly into your bloodstream – your body has no way of filtering out the bad stuff. Therefore, I could even argue what you put on your skin is MORE important than what you eat! What are you feeding your skin?
Here is a helpful reference that lists some other ingredients: http://maryl.uibcsites.com/files/2011/05/The-Deadly-Dozen-Report1.pdf