5 Ingredients that may kill you – What is Your Skin Eating?

Common Chemicals in Commercial Personal Care Products and their Adverse Effects on Your Health

what is your skin eating?

According to a 2009 British study, around 10,000 ingredients are used in the manufacture of commercial personal care products, and the average woman wears about 515 chemicals on her skin every day.

According to information provided by the Environment Health Association of Nova Scotia, about 90% of these chemicals have never been tested for their effect on our health and only 7% have been studied to provide complete toxicity information.

Usually such chemicals form the basis of conventional personal care products, however even products marketed as herbal or Ayurvedic may not be completely free of toxins.

Here is a list of some of the most hazardous ingredients used in commercial lotions, skin creams, shampoos, body cleansers, baby care products, cosmetics & other daily care products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Used as a foaming agent in commercial shampoos, body washes & soaps, SLS has been known to cause skin and eye irritation. According to the American College of Toxicity, SLS has corrosive properties which include corrosion of the fats and proteins in the skin.

Its milder cousin SLES is used as a detergent and a foaming agent in shaving creams, bubble baths, face washes, hair cleansers and shower gels. It is also common in car wash products, floor cleaners, glass cleaners and other household cleaning products.

Excessive exposure to SLS/SLES has been linked to severe skin allergies, eye damage, digestive problems and even depression.

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Synthetic fragrances

Synthetic fragrances are used in almost all skin and hair care products today and constitute up to 3000 perfuming substances. Read the product label carefully to look for items listed under ‘fragrances’ or ‘parfum’. Clinical studies have linked artificial fragrances to allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness, skin rashes, hyperactivity, irritability and other behavioural and physical health problems.

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Parabens

These are commonly used as preservatives in creams, lotions, shampoos and other beauty & cosmetic products. Read the label for ingredients ending with “pararaben” e.g. methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben etc. Estimates indicate that about 75-90 percent of cosmetics contain parabens.

Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. They get easily absorbed into the skin and are suspected to cause hormonal disturbances. Some studies also indicate that when applied on the skin, methylparaben may react with UV rays, promoting skin aging and DNA damage.

Also, since their primary purpose is to inhibit the growth of & kill microorganism like bacteria, fungi etc. Image what they will do to your skin?

Read more about Parabens in detail.

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Selenium Sulfide

An anti-dandruff and conditioning ingredient in commercial shampoos and conditioners, Selenium sulphide is believed to be a neurotoxin and categorized as a possible human carcinogen (cancer causing substance) by the US National Toxicology Program.

It has been known to cause hair loss, dryness of hair and scalp, discolouration of hair

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Petrochemicals

Most popular moisturizing products & hair/ massage oils may contain petrochemicals like LLP (Light Liquid Paraffin) scientifically proven to be toxic. These are used to add volume to the product and also make the absorption of the cream or oil easy.

Excessive exposure to petrochemicals has been known to cause kidney and liver problems, premature aging, hair loss, hormonal imbalance, and some petrochemicals can even be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

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Apart from the above, there are several other types of chemicals and toxins widely used in the manufacture of commercial personal care products. Perhaps the best thing you can ever do for your skin, and for your health, is to ask yourself: “What I am Feeding My Skin?”

References

  • http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/
  • http://goo.gl/zBeQks
  • http://goo.gl/orSESR

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