This Toxic world, How Safe are your Hair and Skin products?

Save your skin and take care of the environment,

Have you checked the labels of your shampoos, soaps and skin products recently? What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body. Our skin is our largest organ it is composed of 2 layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The dermis contains nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and blood vessels. When you wash your hair, spray toxic products or soak in a bath loaded with chemicals, your skin absorb a big part of it.

thieves-gamme_zWhat to do? Read the labels, discard what is not serving you and you family, and swap for products free from the harmful chemicals found in many mainstream skin and hair products. One of the brands I personally use and recommend is Young Living. Young Living Hair, Beauty and Home products contain all natural-ingredients infused with essential oils and they smell beautiful.

Do you know that women absorb from skin, hair and body care products via the skin over 4.35 pounds of the following acidic chemicals?

1. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea – Commonly used preservatives after the parabens. Well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Ingredients are derived from ANIMAL urine.

2. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben – Preservatives widely used even though they are known to be toxic. Known to cause many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Methyl paraben combines benzoic acid with the methyl group of chemicals and is highly toxic.

3. Petrolatum – mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil causes a lot of problems when used on the skin-it can produce photosensitivity (i.e., promotes sun damage), and it tends to interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping, hence creating what the product is intended to prevent.

4. Propylene Glycol  a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol known to cause allergic and toxic reactions and alcohols are drying to the skin and toxic.

5. PVP/VA Copolymer – A petroleum-derived chemical used in hair sprays, wave sets and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since particles may contribute to foreign bodies in the lungs of sensitive persons.

6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. Causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions. Frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation “comes from coconut”. SLS is a detergent that poses serious health threats. Used in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Research indicates that exposure to SLS can result in eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death! Eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS. SLS can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. Your body can retain SLS for up to five days and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain.

7. Stearalkonium Chloride – Chemical used in hair conditioners and creams; highly toxic causes allergic reactions . Stearalkonium chloride was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which do help hair health.

8. Synthetic Colors  should be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6.
Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic has them in it, don’t use the cosmetic. FD&C Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue #1 are synthetic colors from coal tar that deposits toxins onto the skin, causing skin irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death.

9. Synthetic Fragrances can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say “Fragrance”. Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper-pigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation, and the list goes on. Advice: Don’t buy a cosmetic that has the word “Fragrance” on the ingredients label.

10. Triethanolamine (TEA)  Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

11. Saccharomyces Magnesium Ferment -an acid from a yeast which causes damage to the insulin producing beta cells and pancreatic cancer.

12. Butylene Glycol – an acid that may be narcotic and cause asphyxiation.

13. Aqua Biomin Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment – This is a yeast and an acid that causes diabetes and other topical yeast infections that can lead to a host of serious symptoms.

14. DMDM Hydantoin – releases a powerful acid and neuro toxin formaldehyde which causes joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure also irritates the respiratory system, triggers heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravates coughs. Other side effects are a weakened immune system and cancer.

15. Cocomidopropyl Hydroxysultaine – has added chemicals in the processing of the coconut oil which are carcinogenic.

16. Tea Lauryl sulfate – is hormone disrupting chemical that can form cancer-causing nitrates. This ingredient is restricted in Europe due to the carcinogenic effects. Repeated applications can result in liver and kidney cancer.

17. Lactic Acid – This is a cancer causing agent. An acid found around all cancerous tumours.

18. Alcohol – Alcohol is a free radical and can cause dryness and flaking of the skin. Also very drying and are known to cause allergeric reactions and skin irritation.

19. Hydroquinone – This ingredient is commonly used in skin whitening products. It is also commonly used in plastics manufacturing and is a highly toxic chemical. Should not be used on humans or animals, well known carcinogen and is known as a liver, blood, lung and respiratory, reproductive organ and skin toxicant.

20. Ethyl Acetate – Highly toxic chemical used in cosmetics. This is also used in paint remover products, including nail polish remover. Do not put this ingredient on your body, especially your face.

I believe that we should all take our health and the health of future generations and the earth seriously. From the cleaning products that you use to the toothpaste in your bathroom, your home is the place where total wellness begins.

Thanks to: www.phmiracleliving.com

Young Living Essential Oils and Products: If you are not a member and want to get started connect with me! Or/and follow this link.

Christine Maudy Independant Distributor 1015418

Also recommended: Aura Skin Care, Aura Make Up and James St Organics

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