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

and moisturizers.

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

carefully used.

We will continue this list on the next body blog of Body

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