Thursday, January 10, 2008

10 Beauty Product Ingredients to Avoid

Here is a list of 10 beauty product ingredients to avoid. These are routinely found in many hygiene and beauty products.

1. Diethanolamine (DEA)- this suspected carcinogen is found in shampoo, body wash and makeup.

2. Formaldehyde - This known carcinogen is in imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin and quaternium-15.

3. Parabens - These nasty buggers get into your bloodstream and are known to mimic female hormones. You will see them under the names: methly, ethyl, etc. A suspected contributor (though not yet linked) to breast tumors, Parabens have been found in samples of tissue taken from breast tumors.

4. Petrolatum - Comes from non-renewable crude oil and is not breathable.

5. Phenylenediamine (PPD) - In all permanent dyes and is linked to increases in bladder cancer.

6. Phthalates - Usually hidden as the ingredient "Fragrance" and is part of a family of hormone disrupters.

7. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - Skin irritant that was once linked to cancer.

8. Talc - Found in everything from eye shadow, blush, baby powder and deodorant. Some talc is contaminated with asbestos. The NIH wanted all talc categorized as a carcinogen.

9. Toluene - Solvent commonly found in nail polish that can affect the nervous system, liver and kidneys.

10. Triclosan - Antibacterial agent used in everything. It has been found in our water supply and is a contributing factor to medicine resistant bacteria.


Anonymous said...

wow, being someone who have taken chemistry courses, these organic pollutants and toxins sound familiar to me....oh no...

Blondie_553 said...

Wow, I didn't know there were so many toxins in makeup! Maybe I should look at those ingredient labels again...

FeButterfly said...

Reading the labels on everything has to become a habit these days. I think we have become so dependent on government regulations that if a product is on the shelf it must be safe. With so many different chemicals out there we don't know how they are reacting when they come together in our bodies. Avoiding as many as possible is what I'm trying to do.

Gatesunder said...

Can you recommend a moisturizer that doesn't contain any of these things or perhaps a soap that doesn't dry skin out or maybe just a product to filter hard water?

FeButterfly said...

Check out this link
and look through the products they rate.