The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also the gateway, for the varied toxins we come in contact with, to get inside. It’s not just what we eat, but what we put on our body that impacts our health. It is believed that our skin absorbs 60-70% of any topical products we use.
Have you really looked at the products you are using like deodorants, make up and sunscreen?? Researchers have found that environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, pollutants, chemicals and heavy metals contribute to dementia. These are all found in health and beauty products that we use on a daily basis.
I have listed a few chemicals that I found in David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen and also in the Breast Cancer Fund website. There are many out there but these are a few I found interesting. Take the time to read through this to the end as I have included a few places where you can see where your products rate. I have decided it is time to simplify. How about you?? Check back next Tuesday for recipes to make your own makeup!
Found in a plethora of products, including sunscreens, lipsticks, foundations, nail polishes, and toothpastes with whitening properties, lead is a neurotoxin that is known to reduce fertility and may result in learning and language disabilities and behavioral problems. Lead has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delay in puberty onset in girls. (Breast Cancer )
Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics, including underarm deodorants. They are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. (Breast Cancer ) Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients (see also Fragrance/Parfum). An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens (typically at very low levels). (David Suzuki.org)
BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. They are also widely used as food preservatives. BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin. (David Suzuki)
Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics, triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” These products include garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and paints. Triclosan also has medical applications. (David Suzuki)
Want to find out about your favorite brand of makeup? This is a great website where you can enter your brand and find out how it scores.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/users-guide-to-skin-deep/ or try http://www.safecosmetics.org/