Are Your Beauty and Skincare Products Doing The Opposite?
What if you found out that your favorite moisturizer can actually cause you cancer with prolonged use? Too often, we are unaware of the many chemicals in beauty and skincare products we use everyday. From cleansers to lotions – even simple baby wipes – it’s possible that we’re doing our bodies more harm than good. If that’s the case, is there a way to avoid toxic elements without sacrificing on hygiene or beauty?
Know The Toxins In Your Skincare Regimen
The first step to getting rid of damaging chemicals is to first be aware of the stuff containing them. Not every household item you and your family uses is bad for your health. Focus on those whose ingredients you didn’t previously pay attention to. Check your soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, lotions, and cleansers. These products are used everyday; so knowing how harmful they can be will reduce the impact they have on your family in the long term.
There are dozens of unsafe chemicals in our household. A few of them are:
Found in most soaps, shampoos, and cleansers. This substance helps make suds, as well as create that creamy consistency in most of these products. If exposed for a long time, it may be carcinogenic – particularly when it reacts with nitrites (preservatives) found in other beauty wares.
Nitrites usually form when a product degrades due to exposure to air. In some experiments, it’s been shown to cause cancers, changes in thyroid and skin conditions, as well as mild irritation.
Widely used as a preservative, particularly in cosmetics. Although many products these days contain low levels of this toxic substance, if used for long periods, it can impede our hormone function. However, more evidence is needed to link it to certain cancers. Some research found that when applied topically, it can react with UVB rays; resulting to increased signs of aging and skin damage.
Also known as ‘fragrance’, Parfum actually contains many traces of other complex chemicals that is used to create odor. Typically included in deodorants, perfumes, colognes, and even laundry detergents; it’s the culprit to most allergies, migraines, and asthma attacks. Children exposed to parfum have been found to develop asthma when they originally had none.
PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
A useful substance that functions as a thickener, solvent, and softener in many moisturizers. It’s also helpful in improving the permeability of the skin; allowing substances to easily be absorbed. Unfortunately, this lets other harmful chemicals inside the body, too. Although PEGs can be removed during the manufacturing process through a method called ‘vacuum stripping’, consumers have no way of knowing if their products underwent such treatment.
Time For a Healthy Switch
Now that you know which chemicals could be harming you and your loved ones, don’t you think it’s time to give Nature a try? Mother Earth has provided us with everything we need to stay pretty AND healthy. From organic moisturizers in the form of oils, to safe cleansers that won’t poison the environment – Nature is the best source for every skincare need.
It pays to read labels. So the next time you’re out to buy soap or shampoo, take a few minutes to understand what those compounds mean. Who knows – you could be harming yourself with toxins from simple beauty products. So choose well. Choose only natural, toxic-free beauty and skincare substances.