YOU and YOUR make-up ingredients for healthy aging
There are thousands of chemicals in your products, many of
which are being absorbed into your body. These companies have
cart Blanche to use any ingredient or raw material without
government review or approval.
The make-up industry is highly unregulated. There is no pre-
product approval before a product hits the market and enters
your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for
color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter
Many of these synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin
penetrators, endocrine disruptors and carcinogenic. There are
lots of harmful chemicals but the 10 you should highly avoid are:
Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that
prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic
products. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties
that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have
been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They
can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants,
shampoos, and facial cleanser. You can also find them in
food and pharmaceutical products.
Synthetic colors. Synthetic colors are derived from
petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are
suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are
linked to ADHD in children.
Fragrance. This category is pretty scary because what
does “fragrance, mean anyway? This term was created to
protect a company’s secret formula. Fragrance mixes have
ben associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress
and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Phthalates a group of chemicals used in hundred of
products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics.
They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been
linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast
development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males
and females. It is not disclosed on every product as it is
added to fragrances. Deodorants, perfumes, hair sprays
Triclosan is widely used antimicrobial chemical that is a
endocrine disruptor-especially thyroid and reproductive
hormones, and a skin irritant. Can be found in toothpaste,
antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
Sodium lauryl sulfate. In 90% of personal care and cleaning
products. Skin, lung and eye irritants. The interaction
between all these man-made products should be very
We will continue this list on the next body blog of Body