Updated: May 22
There are a bazillion skin, beauty, and personal care products on planet earth! And the majority of them have dangerously harmful and toxic ingredients in them that have no business in or near our bodies!
Natural beauty and personal care products are the way to go! It makes the most sense to feed, fuel, and nourish our bodies with natural, simple, clean ingredients that it actually recognizes and that support the wellness of our systems as a whole.
In 2 weeks we are launching our holistic wellness product line, Love Potion. We are overjoyed to be in the position to contribute to the lives and well being of our past and future clients as well as their families in such a major way! It will include natural skin care, beauty and personal care, home goods, wellness products, pantry goods, spiritual products and much more! Click here for more info on the launch.
During one of our holistic wellness workshops that focuses on the products we but on our bodies and healthy alternatives, we have attendees participate in an exercise to help drive home the lesson that it is imperative that we are present and intentional about what we put in as well as on our bodies.
We have participants bring 2-3 of their own personal/beauty care products in and then we have them read ( better yet, attempt to read) the ingredient list. It is a comical yet, sad sight to behold. Most of people cannot pronounce these foreign objects, which is exactly what they are to our bodies, or they get exhausted around the 20th ingredient!
The takeaways here are; 1. read the ingredients in EVERYTHING you and your family consume and 2. stay away from products that have a laundry list of ingredients, most of which are unrecognizable to you.
If you see any of these on a product do not engage!
DIRTY DOZEN: 12 INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN COSMETICS
1. BHA (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE) AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUEN)
Classified as possible carcinogens. Long-term exposure to these ingredients has been linked to liver, thyroid, and kidney problems.
2. COAL TAR DYES
On ingredients lists, these will show up as “P-phenylenediamine” or “CI” followed by a number. P-phenylenediamine is a coal tar dye found in hair dyes, while CI (or Color Index) numbers are used to identify coal tar dyes in a variety of pigmented cosmetics like lipstick. Derived from petroleum and composed of many different chemicals, coal tar dyes are recognized as a human carcinogen and have been linked to brain damage.
3. DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE)
In the short term, DEA can cause moderate skin and eye irritation, while sustained exposure has been linked to liver, skin, and thyroid cancers.
4. DBP (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)
Dibutyl phthalate is a plasticizer commonly used to prevent nail polish from becoming brittle. Consistent use of DBP has been linked to hormonal disruptions and developmental defects in fetuses, as well as liver and kidney failure.
5. FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES
Also listed as: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These preservatives are used to increase the shelf life of a variety of cosmetics and they work by continuously releasing small amounts of formaldehyde – a known human carcinogen.
Parabens are the most widely used preservative in makeup and skincare products. The ingredient has been linked to hormonal disruptions, breast cancer, increased skin aging, and DNA damage.
7. PARFUM (OR FRAGRANCE)
About 3,000 different ingredients are used in fragrances, though these will show up as one word on ingredient lists – “fragrance” or “parfum”. Used in more than just perfumes, these smell-enhancing substances can be found in almost every type of cosmetic product. Many unlisted ingredients in fragrances have been linked to health problems like asthma, allergies, and even cancer.
8. PEG COMPOUNDS
Depending on how they are manufactured, these ingredients can get contaminated with carcinogenic substances like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Even when not contaminated, PEG compounds have been shown to cause skin irritation.
This ingredient is often contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), a known carcinogen, and can cause skin irritation and allergies in smaller doses.
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”, which are found most commonly in hair products and deodorants. Many of these ingredients have been found to impair fertility and cause hormonal disruptions.
11. SLS (SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE)
Many commercial varieties are contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane – known carcinogens.
The ingredient is said to cause skin and eye irritations in the short run, and conditions like antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruptions with sustained use.
You owe it to yourself and your family to use non-toxic, high quality beauty and personal care products. There are many factors that can contribute to our state of health or disease. Many of those factors we have little to no control over. But when it comes to what we put in and on our bodies, we absolutely do! Exercise your power!
Written by Queen Nina Love