Unfortunately, a lot of people still don’t know what they put on their skin everyday. In my opinion this is the biggest irresponsibility that you can do. You SHOULD know what you put on your skin and why and what kind of side effects the particular product can cause. This is only for your health’s sake. It is something for yourself.
I am not a cosmetologist or a chemist but I do think that you don’t need to have a huge knowledge about what is good and bad for you and for your environment. You don’t need to learn a profession to tell whether a certain component of a product is good for your health or not. You know, in today’s world you can really learn everything from the internet… everything. On your own. Also you DON’T have to accept other’s opinions just because they have a degree. It is just like if a doctor were to tell you to drink some detergent.. would you drink it? Of course not!! Look after everything by yourself. I think this is the best thing you can do for yourself and of course for your environment.
What do I mean under “for your environment”? Well, if you have a baby or if you are already pregnant then I think that the worst thing you could do is to use synthetic perfumes and fragrances near to your child, including but not limited to air fresheners. This was just an example but now you know what I mean.
Besides that, many doctors are also fake in today’s world sadly. Money matters. You know a lot of marketing companies bribe them to sell their products along with pharmaceutical companies. I’m not saying that they don’t know anything and don’t listen to their advice but first always make sure if its good for you. Don’t ever trust anybody until you know their intentions. Nowadays, companies take advantage of the people’s ignorance and health problems which is so bad and sad.
Fortunately, there are still doctors whose are great and actually like to help people. There are always exceptions but first you should always make sure.
Attempts all around the world had been made to try to overrule laws regarding having to display the ingredient list on the products. I found this very outrageous. I have the right to know what the product I want to buy is made of. Just imagine, how could anybody know that an orange juice is made from real orange without anything added and not some kind of disgusting artificial chemical compound without having ingredient list on the products or labels? This is the reason why it matters a lot!
I’m a human, I need natural and organic food, beverage and products. Not artificial ones. Keep in mind that our body can’t withstand everything!
Everything has a price
If you are using products containing toxic ingredients, you are going to get serious get health problems. Same applies to food. This is a very complex process. A headache can be caused by literally anything like what you did and ate yesterday, it also can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, it can be an allergic reaction to a fragrance which irritates your body… anything. It is not the weather, it is something that your body dislikes pretty much. Don’t take medicines because that is only just a surface treatment. You must find the root of the problem.
People react differently to the same input. And this is the danger point! You may use a cream or a lipstick for even years without any real complaints then suddenly your skin become sensitive to the product. It is not normal. Unfortunately, in hindsight most of the times we can’t see the cause-and-effect relationship between the use of our favorite cosmetics and health alterations.
So what can we do, do we have to do something?
Of course, yes. Definitely. Always try to buy natural and organic cosmetics from trustworthy companies like 100% Pure, Prim Botanicals, One Love Organics, Herbivore Botanicals, Bare Bones Body Care, Meow Meow Tweet, Osmia Organics, Lotus Wei and so on. There are a LOT OF possibilities out there so you can easily switch to the natural and organic lifestyle. I can understand that somewhere it is hard because most people don’t like to change their lifestyle but it is for your own good and for your family. Be the change! Don’t except miracles.
You can joke about this saying that “we will die anyway”. You can do that… you don’t even have to listen to me. But before, please answer me ONLY ONE question.
If I tell you now, that it is possible that you will have breast cancer in few years like in 2-3 years which is a pretty short time, would you use that trash deodorant again and again, everyday? Would you ignore this, because it just can’t happen to you? Really? It is not a joke. This is a very serious problem that every 3rd woman has and this is terrifying.
Do you think that this can’t happen to you because you are a man? Well, I’m sorry but now I will wake you up from your dream world – you are NOT sacrosanct! Statistics shows that after every 3rd woman the 4th is ALWAYS a man.
Just google breast cancer and you will see how it looks like. I’m not going to upload something like that to my website because it is NSFW. But you can check it if you are interested.
Always try to get the healthiest foods and drinks and use the healthiest cosmetic products and household items. I’m working hard to write a list about natural and organic brands so please stay tuned!
The truth is, that in the 21st century your health is in YOUR hands. Whether you agree with it or not. You are responsible for your health and for your children’s health. You should know that.
I’m sorry, maybe I was a bit harsh but this is a very serious problem and not something you can easily joke around because it CAN happen to everybody today and what we only can do is to VOTE with our MONEY so companies will stop producing thrash products.
I recommend you to start using natural and organic cosmetic and household products, foods, drinks. Please just don’t be lazy. Try your best! 🙂 I believe in you and you can always tell me your stories, your problems I love to hear from you all. I’m a honest person and sincerity is very important for me, I’m not hear to preach so I will always tell you my honest opinions even if its bad. It is only for your own good.
Please don’t forget to always buy natural, organic and cruelty-free products.
Toxic Ingredients You Should Avoid
Also known as DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance. It is listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”. It is common in nail polishes.
Health Concerns: Endocrine Disruption, Decreased sperm count, Cancer(Breast, Prostate, Ovarian), Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity, Asthma, Liver, Kidney and Lung Damage, Endometriosis.
Two decades of research suggest that phthalates disrupt hormones, which can lead to harm during critical periods of development. Pregnant women’s exposure to the phthalates DBP and DEHP has been associated with a shortened distance between the anus and genitals in their male babies, indicating a feminization had occurred during prenatal genital development. Exposure to phthalates, especially DBP and DEHP, can reduce fetal testosterone production, and these anti-androgenic effects may alter fetal cell differentiation and function, leading to altered male genital development. One of the ways that phthalates interfere with reproductive function is by reducing the levels of sex hormones, which are critical for development and functioning of the sex organs, including breasts.
DBP and DEHP are banned in cosmetics sold in the EU.
Try to look for “phthalate-free” products. Avoid products that list “fragrance” on the label since it can contain phthalates.
Also known as ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, and methyl methacrylate. It can be found in artificial nail products (for e.g. acrylic nails). Acrylates are derived from acrylic acid and are commonly found in cosmetic nail preparations. Direct contact and inhalation are the main hazardous forms of contact with the chemical and ethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate may block air vents.
Health Concerns: Cancer, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity, Organ-system Toxicity, Cellular and Neurological Damage, Irritation.
Government regulations and occupational studies have linked ethyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate to cancer. Methyl methacrylate inhalation is associated with lung disease and damage to nasal passages, liver, and kidneys. Another study found lung damage and disease in rats after inhaling methyl methacrylate for 30 hours a week for 4 weeks. Ethyl acrylate is also toxic to the lungs, liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal system. Furthermore, ethyl methacrylate interferes with cell communication in the brain and spinal cord of rats. Studies showed that women and men with occupational exposure to methyl methacrylate presented symptoms of generalized and peripheral nerve damage. All three chemicals are skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritants. Case studies of workers exposed to ethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate report workplace-induced asthma. Although the Food and Drug Administration banned 100 percent liquid methyl methacrylate in 1974, no specific regulations prohibit its use at concentrations lower than 100 percent in cosmetic products. Across the United States, at least 32 states ban the professional use of methyl methacrylate in nail salons. Still, the FDA found trace amounts in 15 to 25 random samples of the chemical in powdered form and reports that it continues to be found in artificial nail products.
Also known as BHA and BHT. They are used in personal care products. These chemicals are linked to several health concerns including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity. You can find it in Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams.
Health Concerns: Cancer, Organ-system Toxicity, Endocrine Disruption, Developmental and reproductive toxicity, Irritation.
The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has determined that there is strong evidence that BHA is a human endocrine disruptor. Studies carried out in rats found that exposure to high doses of BHA resulted in weak dysfunction and underdevelopment of the reproductive systems of both male and female rats. Changes in testosterone levels, sex weight organs and sexual maturation were also observed. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Report on Carcinogens, 12th Edition, reports that BHA is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from animal studies. One study found that dietary exposure to BHA caused both benign and malignant tumors in the stomachs of rats, mice and hamsters.
- baked goods
- meats, sausage, poultry
- chewing gum
- vegetable oils
In your makeup and skin care products:
- eyeliners, eye shadows
- lipsticks, lip glosses,
- blushes, foundations
- skin cleansers
- diaper creams
You can find it in regular shampoos, liquid soaps, bubble bath, hair relaxers, others. 1,4-dioxane is generated through a process called ethoxylation, in which ethylene oxide, a known breast carcinogen, is added to other chemicals to make them less harsh. This process creates 1,4-dioxane.
For example, sodium laurel sulfate, a chemical that is harsh on the skin, is often converted to the less-harsh chemical sodium laureth sulfate (the “eth” denotes ethoxylation). The conversion process can lead to contamination of this ingredient with 1,4-dioxane. Research shows that 1,4-dioxane readily penetrates the skin. 1,4-dioxane is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is listed as an animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. It is included on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer or birth defects.The FDA does not require 1,4-dioxane to be listed as an ingredient on product labels because the chemical is a contaminant produced during manufacturing. Without labeling, there is no way to know for certain whether a product contains 1,4,-dioxane, making it difficult for consumers to avoid it. Organic standards do not allow ethoxylation at all.
It is used in many personal care products like shampoos and liquid baby soaps. You can find in Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics.
Health Concerns: cancer, irritation.
Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in a wide range of industries and products including building materials, walls, cabinets furniture and personal care products. Formaldehyde is considered a known human carcinogen by many expert and government bodies, including the United States National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. A 2009 review of the literature on occupational exposures and formaldehyde shows a link between formaldehyde and leukemia. A 2014 study found that formaldehyde initiates and promotes tumor formation. When formaldehyde is present in personal care products, people can be exposed by inhaling the formaldehyde that is off-gassed from the product, by ingesting it or by absorbing it through the skin. Most studies of the cancer potency of formaldehyde have focused on risks from inhaling it; cancer risks from ingesting formaldehyde or absorbing it through the skin are not as well studied. Banned from use in cosmetics and toiletries in Japan and Sweden; in the EU, restricted in personal care products, and labeling is required in products that do contain these chemicals; concentration restrictions in Canada. The EU allows the use of Quaternium-15 up to 0.2% as a preservative in cosmetic products.
It can be found in cosmetics, personal care products and household cleaning products. You can find it in regular soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners and dyes, lotions, shaving creams, paraffin and waxes, household cleaning products, pharmaceutical ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances, sunscreens.
You can also find it as: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate.
Health Concerns: Bioaccumulation, Cancer, Organ System Toxicity
Nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA) is listed as a carcinogen in the National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens. Experimental studies show that NDEA causes liver cancer and kidney tumors in rats and cancer of nasal cavity in hamsters. Studies show that 52 to 68 percent of DEA in hair dyes, body lotions and shampoos remain on the upper layers of the skin after exposure. DEA alters sperm structure, causing abnormalities that affect the sperm’s ability to swim and fertilize the egg. DEA accumulates in the liver and kidney, causing organ toxicity and also possible neurotoxic effects such as tremors. Another study suggests that memory function and brain development in offspring could be permanently affected by mothers’ exposure to DEA.
TEA is a fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, surfactant, and emulsifier. It’s found in soaps, hair care, lotions, make up, perfumes and sunscreens. The health concerns include cancer, organ system toxicity, allergic reactions and bioaccumulation in the skin.
Avoid products which containing DEA, TEA and MEA!
Storing products in cheap plastic shows a lot about the quality of the skin care. Opt for BPA-free plastic when glass is not possible, because Bisphenol A (BPA)—the compound found in plastic—can leach into skin care products. Research has shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin and we don’t need any more estrogen-mimicking happening in our bodies. 100% Pure and Annmarie Gianni are using BPA-free plastic bottles when glass they can’t use glass. Look for these brands!
Also known as Bronopol.
Toxic, it can cause allergies and dermatitis.
Health Concerns: Cancer.
Toxic and it must be carefully washed. It shouldn’t be applied in skincare products. It is a potential carcinogen when it absorbed through the skin.
Health Concerns: Cancer, Irritation, Premature Aging.
It is a very drying and irritating solvent which removes the skin natural acid mantle, making it much more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and molds. It is made from Propylen which is a Petroleum derivative. The result is water loss in the area which leads to whitening and drying of the skin and may result in cracking, secondary infection, and dermatitis. It may also promote brown spots and premature aging of your skin.
Some studies have linked aluminum to Alzheimer’s disease, though recent research has cast doubt on the connection. Other studies have indicated that aluminum may be linked to breast cancer and other brain disorders. Aluminum, in the form of powder, is used in self-care products such as antiperspirant deodorants. The average person will consume, absorb and/or eat three pounds of aluminum in their lifetime. Wow! Think about that next time you reach for Dove or Old Spice on the shelf.
This is a synthetic antiperspirant which can irritate your skin. It is selected for its ability to obstruct pores in the skin and prevent sweat from leaving the body. Its anhydrous form gives it the added ability of absorbing moisture. Recent research suggests that it can be responsible for the formation of breast cancer.
Also known as Anionic Surfactants, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Nitrosating agents.
Health Concerns: cancer.
Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents.
Anionic surfactants used in personal cleansing products include sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. Surfactants are also often used in insecticides, ski wax, toothpastes, paints and adhesives because of their wetting, dispersing, emulsifying, foaming or anti-foaming properties. These detergents pose a serious threat to health.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES)
- Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
- Sodium Lauroyl Sarsocinate
- Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
- Potassium Coco Hydrolysed Collagen
- TEA (Triethanolamine) Lauryl Sulfate
- TEA (Triethanolamine) Laureth Sulfate
- Lauryl or Cocoyl Sarcosine
- Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate
- Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
- Disodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate and so on.
Highly toxic, irritates the skin. Direct contact should be avoided. Symptoms: muscle paralysis, low blood pressure, central nervous system depression and weakness.
Benzoic acid, Benzophenone-3, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl salicylate,
Implicated in wide variety of health problems including testicular cancer, cell mutation and other cancers.
Health Concerns: cancer, it irritates the skin, allergen.
It is a preservative, human toxicant and allergen. Also suspected to be an environmental toxin.
Health Concerns: toxic, allergen.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone (5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one), also referred to as MCI, is a preservative with antibacterial and antifungal effects within the group of isothiazolinones. It is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Methylchloroisothiazolinone is found in many water-based personal care products and cosmetics. Methylchloroisothiazolinone was first used in cosmetics in the 1970s. It is also used in glue production, detergents, paints, fuels, and other industrial processes.
It is toxic for the skin and it can cause dermatitis.
Health Concerns: Toxic, dermatitis, cancer.
It has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, asthma, and other health issues, and have been found to affect hormones in humans. A 2012 study found that BPA and phthalates may be linked to lower thyroid levels. At high levels of exposure, the chemicals could reduce thyroid hormones by 10 percent. A 2013 study found that BPA may have a direct effect on fertility in women, and may affect the maturation of the egg. Researchers also noted that BPA could affect chromosomes, potentially increasing the risk for birth defects. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences states that endocrine disruptors may interfere with the body’s hormonal systems, potentially increasing risk of fertility problems, some cancers, and causing developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in people and wildlife. These chemicals, they note, include dioxins, pesticides, plasticizers (like BPA and phthalates), and polychlorinated biphenyls. All can be found in plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame-retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.
This is an orange coloring agent which can be hazardous to the eyes. This material must not be used in products that are used around the eyes in the EU.
Health Concerns: allergic reactions, irritating, toxic.
This is a blue coloring agent which is allowed in the EU but banned in the USA. This can cause allergic reactions and it irritates the skin.
Health Concerns: toxic, it irritates the skin, allergic reactions.
This is a blue coloring agent, toxic.
Health Concerns: toxic, it irritates the skin.
It is also a coloring agent which is very harmful for the body. According to the EU regulations, this ingredient must not be in contact with eyes, nose, mouth or genital areas. Toxic and dangerous. Cannot be used on mucous membranes.
Health Concerns: Toxic, sensitive skin, it irritates the skin.
It is also known as lemon oil, Citrus limonum, Lemon, Lemon peel, Lemon extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel. Usually it is mixed into cosmetic products because its fresh citrusy scent. Generally it is a synthetic fragrance causing allergic reactions. It irritates the skin.
Health Concerns: allergic reactions, it irritates the skin.
It is used in anti-dandruff shampoos, tt causes cancer. Long-term use of this product can cause hair follicle problems (tar acne).
Health Concerns: cancer, sensitive skin, it irritates the skin.
It contains cancer-causing ingredients which may seriously jeopardize your health.
Health Concerns: Cancer, dermatitis, allergic reactions.
It is banned in foods in the US. It is used in cosmetic products as a fragrance. Warfarin which is actually a rat poison, also contains coumarin.
Health Concerns: cancer.
They’re used to control the pH level of products. You’ll find these ingredients in products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps, and facial cleaners. They’re also found in eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases and foundations, fragrances, hair care products, hair dyes, shaving products, and sunscreens. According to the FDA, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) completed a study in 1998 that found an association between the topical application of DEA and certain DEA-related ingredients and cancer in laboratory animals. All ingredients with DEA cause cancer. These chemicals are already restricted in the EU due to known carcinogenic effects.
This chemical highly irritates the skin tissue and corrosive to the eyes.
Health Concerns: Cancer, skin irritation.
- Cocamide DEA
- Cocamide MEA
- DEA-Cetyl Phosphate
- DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate
- Lauramide DEA
- Linoleamide MEA
- Myristamide DEA
- Oleamide DEA
- Stearamide MEA
- TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
Chemical byproducts that are known animal carcinogens. Over 50 cosmetic ingredients may be contaminated with this chemical, including sodium myreth sulfate, PEG, oxynol, ceteareth, oleth, polyethylene, and more.
Industrial chemicals used in coolants, insulating materials, and lubricants.
Man-made chemicals produced from petroleum and used in making plastics and related materials. Found in dental sealants, sunscreen, lotions, hand soap, and toothpaste.
This ingredient is in every products from cosmetics to household cleaning products. This label can be more than 4.000 components which are also toxic and carcinogenic. According to the USDA FDA reports, the symptoms can be: headache, allergic reactions, dizziness, coughing and vomiting, skin irritation or skin discoloration. Clinical observation proves that fragrances can affect the central nervous system causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability and sleep disorders.
When some chemicals break down, they release harmful formaldehyde gas, classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Researchers and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
- DMDM hydantoin
- BHUT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
- diazolidinyl urea
- sodium hydrozymethylglycinate
- imidazolidinyl urea
- quarternium-15, Quaternium-18, Quaternium-26
Quaternium-15 is one of the more common ones, used in mascara, pressed powders, and eyeliners. In addition to potentially causing cancer, this ingredient can cause skin sensitivities and irritation.
Polyethylene glycols, or PEGs, are petroleum-based compounds that are used to thicken, soften, and gelatinize cosmetics, making them a common ingredient in cream-based products. The main issue with PEGs is that they are often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen, potentially harmful to the nervous system and human development. 1,4-dioxane is a possible human carcinogen that can remain in the environment for long periods of time without degrading.
It is used in hair care products to make your hair shine. Look out for the terms “petroleum” or “liquid paraffin.” A petrochemical, it can be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The European Union considers petrolatum a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics.
This chemical is used in deodorants. Propylene glycol is a petroleum based substance that is used to create a soft and sleek consistency. It’s a low cost ingredient with a versatile function, which is why it is so common in self-care products. There have been reports on its potential toxicity, linking it to issues such as:
- reproductive complications
- developmental abnormalities
- endocrine complications
Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants. Cyclotetrasiloxane and Cylcopentasiloxane —D4 and D5 — are endocrine disruptors, interfere with human hormone function and possible reproductive toxicants that may impair human fertility, cause uterine tumors and harm the reproductive and immune systems.
This is cytotoxic and genotoxic. Clinical tests show that tetrasodium EDTA increases the penetration of other chemicals.
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