There is a massive pool of chemical overload when you breakdown the personal care product lines available in our market place. Unfortunately, with no life guard monitoring what is going into these products, it is leaving large unregulated areas to allow toxins to creep in and fuel the beauty industry. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have their hands tied when it comes to safe checking what is being mixed together, which leaves us being the real life guinea pigs of what works and what doesn’t. our skin being our largest organ, and we absorb up to 60% of what is placed on it, so lets take a little dive deeper into understanding what exactly is going onto it.
Not only do our bodies have to work harder at detoxifying these ingredients out of our system, we are left with side effects, such as Hormone disfunction, skin irritations, allergies, breakouts, cancers, and interrupted organ function. we have the choice and access to natural based alternatives, that work just as good, if not better. were programmed as humans to work with mother natures plants and herbs to support and heal our bodies and there are so many benefits of using plant based products free from sulphates, Parabens, silicones and other toxic mixtures. You need to ask yourself Real Vs. Plastic ? And this is not only great for yourself, but does wonders for the environment and animals.
With an increase in disease, and a surge of allergies that seem to be appearing in almost everyone you meet, we desperately need to see some change in the industry. Cosmetics companies and health and consumer advocates are coming together to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would strengthen federal regulations that have remained largely unchanged for more than 75 years. The act would give FDA the same tools for ensuring the safety of personal care products as it uses to regulate food and drugs" - EWG
You can head over to the Environmental Working Group webpage that features informative articles and studies on the cosmetic industry, the standards, ingredient breakdowns and the act they are trying to approve to advance our regulations and requirements Link here. The act has not been updated since the 50’s! Crazy to think companies are still going by guidelines from a time a majority of these ingredients even existed. That’s why it is so important to do your research, understand what it is you are using and applying.
Make sure to check this out! there is a fantastic app to help you identify potentially harmful products - think dirty. this app allows you to receive easy to understand information based on a rating of 1-10. It breaks down the ingredients you want to avoid and educates on changing to cleaner options. link here to download the app.
What does it mean for us as consumers and how are we affected? On average, we apply or come into contact with 20 products a day. Having a build up of these ingredients in our bodies does not come unnoticed.
Common side effects…
the body's natural hormones are interfered by EDC’S (Endocrine Disrupters). hormones are the ones that control our moods, growth, metabolism, sexual development, and reproduction. Many of these top culprit ingredients create an imbalance of our hormones.
skin irritations and allergies
irritation of the skin, eyes, or lungs. Breakouts on the skins surface, from Eczma to ance can be caused by the over production of the skins natural functions. fragrances which are inhaled and sprayed, cause instant allergies.
liver, breast, kidney and bowel cancers have all been linked back to these ingredients being found in organ tissue during biopsy.
Interrupted Organ Function
I.e the intestines become confused and produce more calories, the pancreas secretes more insulin, and the ovaries and testicles that secrete our sex hormones are sensitised.
the dirty 12 TOXINS TO KNOW
Each day, month, and year, new chemicals are being banned from products due to the harmful effects that are discovered - Here are some of the Top ingredients to become familiar with.
1. Paraben, methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben
The most common culprit of all preservatives in cosmetics are Parabens. This chemical substitute was created in the 50’s, but there is nothing rock n roll about it! It has been estimated that women are exposed to 50mg of parabens each day from cosmetic use. These toxins are proven to mimic estrogen hormones and disrupt endocrine function, as well as enter your bloodstream directly through the skin, and possibly causing side effects of cancer growth and reproductive issues. a recent study has shown when combine with UVB rays, methylparabens can lead to skin cancers and pre mature ageing of the skins tissue and appearance. Seems crazy that Anti-ageing products contain ingredients that are causing the problem you’re trying to solve.
Parabens can be found in Makeup, Moisturiser, Hair care, and shaving products. Look for Paraben in the ingredient names as It can be hidden ie: Butyparaben, Propylparaben.
2. Sodium Laureth Sulfate / Sodium LauryL SulPHate
Another common additive used in majority of foaming products, such as shampoos, cleansers, toothpaste, and soaps. SLS or SLES is also found in a number of household cleaners like dishwashing detergent. SLS is a corrosive chemical used to dissolve grease on car engines and garage floors. The bubbling ingredient is great for lathering, but what it is actually doing is stripping our skins top protective layer, leaving you with that squeeky surface that has been stripped of its natural oils. It has been linked to causing cancers, skin irritations and is not easily disintegrated once washed off of our bodies. Not only coming in contact with humans, SLS is washed down our drains and into our oceans, causing harm to sea life. Food products that also contain SLS would be marsh mellows and egg products to make them fluffy and light. Aim for Sulphate free products home and body wide.
3. Fragrance/ Parfum
More than Likely to cause an irritation, sensitivity or both, Avoid Fragrances completely.These should be going no where near our face or body! As expected to be in, perfumes, colognes, and deodorant, this is also found in nearly every single product that has a scent. Had Soap, Body wash, even some processed foods. The triggers of using this lethal chemical combination can lead to allergies, migraines, asthma, skin irritations, hormone disruption, cancer and neurotoxicity. Not only masking bad odours, this powerful ingredient combination can be disguised under the term “fragrance” which stretches across 3,000 chemical branches. Even “un scented” or “fragrance-free” will still include Harmful ingredients. Completely avoid using products that don’t disclose the type of fragrance used, and go for natural essential oil scented products that are Plant Based and clearly state the ingredient being the smell. If its not scented Naturally and organically - Avoid!
4. DEA, Cocamide DEA and Lauramide DEA, MEA and TEA
Used as emulsifiers, pH adjusters, preservatives, and foaming agents. If these are present in any of your ingredient lists, be sure to reconsider your soap, cleanser, shampoo, hairspray, eyeliner, shaving cream and hairspray. DEA-related ingredients have been shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroids.
Releasing preservatives used not only in cosmetics, you can find this in other industrial applicants like vinyl flooring and toilet bowl cleaners. Although it naturally occurs in small doses, even small amounts give off gas and build up over time from continuous cosmetic use. Formaldehyde is an ingredient in nail products, body wash, hair treatments such as the Brazillian Blowout, and eyelash glue. illegal to use in some countries already, due to its strong evidence of links to lung cancers and leukaemias. It is also masked by other identities of DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate,
6. Coal tar dyes (P-phenylenediamine)
Used in majority of main stream cosmetics, these are hidden by colour codes and derived from petroleum material. This has been proven to be a carcinogen and contain heavy metals which, in long term, can cause brain defects. This P- dye is mainly found in hair dyes - unlike eyeshadows that have now been banned from using this ingredient due to effects of blindness.
7. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives. Most commonly found in lipsticks and moisturisers. These have been proven to disrupt hormone dysfunction and are likely a carcinogenic. Currently undergoing further investigation to become illegal.
Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturisers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer when being applied to the skin for periods of time. Mineral oil and petroleum distillates are related petroleum by-products used in cosmetics. These have all been banned for use in EU Unions.
9. Triclosan & Triclocarban
Used in some antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants as a preservative and antibacterial formula. The anti-bacterial agent triclosan is proven to be irritating to the skin and eyes, and very toxic to aquatic organisms. Quick to pass through the skin, this toxic chemical is only used in small percentages, but widely through products which means it adds up, and it doesn't easily degrade, meaning it builds up in your body causing hormonal disfunction. It has been shown to interfere with thyroid signaling, and male and female sex hormone signaling. Triclocarban is the active ingredient in some antibacterial bar soaps. Researchers have linked it to reproductive abnormalities in laboratory animals.
Found in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten, you'll find this ingredient in your deodorant to help slide onto the surface of your skin, facial treatments to moisten the skin or to help your hair products dry more quickly. Suspected endocrine disruptor and reproductive toxicant that is also very harmful to fish and other wildlife.
11. PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
Made to give off the effect of moisture, this is found in petroleum jelly and skin and lip products. Time to toss this endocrine disruptor, as it is known to live a lengthy life span and not break down from any process. It has been known to allow harmful ingredients to be absorbed more readily through the skin to the bloodstream causing allergic reactions.
12. Phthalates (DBP, DEP’s, DEHP’s))
Chemicals from the phthalate family make for a softer and malleable feel to your body lotion, deodorant, and as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Phthalates are also a class of plasticising chemicals used to make products more pliable, or to make fragrance stick to the skin. The industrial industry use phthalates for cabling and wires, to make them bend. Not only toxic to ourselves, these thal-ates, are harmful to aquatic organisms and also proven evidence to cause health issues such as liver and kidney failure in young children. Other know side effects: Allergies, asthma, infertility, and reduced testosterone concentrations.