These Ingredients are in almost EVERYTHING we put in, near or on, OUR BODY….. Educate YOURSELF Folks
Urea (Imidazolidinyl) & DMDM Hydantoin
These are preservatives that release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds, and trigger asthma. Other possible side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer. Formaldehyde releasing ingredients are very common in nearly all store brands of skin, body, and hair care, antiperspirants, and nail polish.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben
Researchers from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry of Brunel University in the United Kingdom have conducted a study and found that the parabens – alkyl hydroxy parabens — alpha hydroxy benzoate (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and butyl-paraben) are weakly estrogenic. In other words, these preservatives have a similar effect in the body of estrogen. They are used as inhibitors of microbial growth to extend the shelf life of products. These are extremely common preservatives and are generally thought to be safe. They are almost impossible to avoid.
Petrolatum and Mineral Oil
Present in many most lip products which is ironic because the balms they are in are supposed to protect from the sun and prevent chapping. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil can cause problems when used on the skin. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. Mineral oil actually coats the skin interfering with its ability to breathe. It disrupts the skins natural immune barrier and inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb moisture and nutrition. It’s important that the skin be able to release toxins and mineral oil disrupts this. It can also cause the skin to age prematurely.
PEGs (PolyEthylene Glycol) and Propylene Glycol
PEGs are used to thicken products. Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in automobile antifreeze, this is found in all kinds of personal care products. Propylene Glycol is known for its ability to penetrate the skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate
These are used in shampoos for their detergent and foam building abilities. They can cause causes eye irritations and allergic reactions. An American College of Toxicology study also reports: “Both Sodium and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate appear to be safe in formulations designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin. In products intended for prolonged contact with skin, concentrations should not exceed 1%.” There is concern they may cause problems with developing eyes (in young children). These are also in toothpaste.
Many synthetic colors are used to make a cosmetic “pretty”. They will be labeled as FD C or D C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD C Red No. 6 / D C Green No. 6. Synthetic colors may be cancer causing agents. According to A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, “….many [pigments] cause skin sensitivity and irritation….and absorption [of certain colors] can cause depletion of oxygen in the body, and death”. In Home Safe Home, author Debra Lynn Dadd says that “….colors that can be used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics….are made from coal tar. There is a great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.” The really irritating thing about synthetic colors is they are completely unnecessary except we expect certain colors in products. If we’d stop buying these artificially colored products, the manufacturers would be more than happy to not have to use the colorings.
Most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care, and baby products contain fragrance. Many of the compounds in fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. “Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of many (we’ve seen numbers ranging from 200 to 4,000) separate ingredients. Most, or all, of them are synthetic. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation.
DEA, MEA, TEA (diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, and triethanolmine)
These are hormone-disrupting chemicals known to form nitrates and nitrosamines, often in conjunction with other chemicals present in a product, e.g., Cocamide DEA, or Lauramide DEA. They are almost always in products that foam; bubble bath, body wash, shampoo, soap, facial cleanser. A Federal government study says that DEA and DEA-based detergents have been shown to greatly increase the risk of cancer, especially liver and kidney cancer….” Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA can cause allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin.
As a solvent and denaturant (a poisonous substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities), alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances, and many other cosmetics and personal care products. A petroleum-derived substance, it is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac and diluted essential oils. According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, ingestion or inhalation of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing dizziness, mental depressions, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma.