The Dirty Dozen

I am going to introduce you to your TOXINS! Yes, the toxins you put on your skin every single day without knowing the damage they may cause. I know it can be overwhelming and scary for the first time, but don’t worry I will be here to answer all your questions and guide you towards a healthier, toxin-free life!

First, you have to know that your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs up to 90% of the products you put on. We are all aware of the quality of food we eat, why not be aware of our self care products? Another surprising fact is, anything you put on your skin ends up straight in your bloodstream in seconds. Unlike food, these products can’t be filtered by another organ before they fully absorb. I came from a country where the culture and even the tourism is build up around Thermal Baths, which can heal everything from a broken bone to gynecological problems just by sitting in the medicinal water meanwhile your skin absorbs the minerals and sediments. Start to make sense, right? Or another example would be the nicotine patch…

#1 PARABENS

  • ISOBUTYLPARABEN
  • BUTYLPARABEN
  • METHYLPARABEN
  • ETHYLPARABEN
  • PROPYLPARABEN

USED IN: ALMOST ALL TYPE OF PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS (75%-90%)

Facial moisturizer-cleanser, anti-aging product, foundation, sunscreen, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, body scrub, deodorant, hair product to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.

MAY CAUSE:

  • endocrine disruption
  • early puberty
  • decreased sperm level
  • skin irritation
  • breast cancer
  • increase skin aging
  • DNA damage

There are NO restrictions on the use of parabens in Canada.

#2 FRAGRANCE/PARFUM

If you read the word ‘fragrance’ on the label it can mean literally ANYTHING because the ingredients are considered as ‘trade secret’ therefore the manufacturers are not required to disclose the added chemicals. Look for the label that says ‘phthalate-free’, since ‘unscented’ and ‘fragrance-free’ can contain parfum too.

USED IN: ALMOST ALL TYPE OF PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

MOST COMMON TOXINS CAN BE:

  • PARABENS
  • PHTHALATES (DBP, DEHP, DEP)

USED IN: nail and hair product, to make the fragrance stick to your skin. DBP also used in manufacturing PVC (polivinyl chloride plastic)

MAY CAUSE: harm for the unborn children, liver and kidney failure in young children, birth defect, endocrine disruption, genetic mutation, reduced sperm counts, early breast development

  • SYNTHETIC MUSKS: (FRAGRANCE, MUSK KETONE, MUSK XYLENE, GALAXOLIDE, TONALIDE)

USED IN: perfume, cologne, scented soap, body wash, spray, lotion, hair product, detergent, softener, household product

MAY CAUSE: hormone disruption, toxicity in the brain, lung and liver cells, gynecological abnormalities, persist and accumulate in umbilical chord blood, placenta, fat tissues, breast milk, it contaminates water, drinking water, soil, air and it is very toxic to aquatic organisms

Fragrances also can cause allergies, cancer, asthma, headaches, dizziness, different kind of skins irritations and the list goes on.

#3 SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLS/SLES)

The agent that makes products bubble.

USED IN: ANYTHING THAT FOAMS: SHAMPOO, SHOWER GEL, HAND SOAP, FACE WASH, TOOTHPASTE, DISH SOAP, BUBBLE BATH

SLES is often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, the byproducts of a petrochemical process.

MAY CAUSE:

  • skin irritation
  • long-term damage in eyes, heart, liver and brain
  • human carcinogen
  • harm in respiratory system
  • allergies

It remains in the environment long after it is rinsed down. It is prohibited but it doesn’t controlled as a contaminant here, in Canada.

#4 TRICLOSAN

Used as a preservative in anti-bacterial products.

USED IN: SOAP, HAND SANITIZER, DEODORANT, MOUTHWASH, TOOTHPASTE, LAUNDRY DETERGENT, HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS ADVERTISED AS ‘ANTI-BACTERIAL’ AND COSMETICS

MAY CAUSE:

  • endocrine disruption
  • liver and inhalation toxicity
  • encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics
  • skin and eye irritation

#5 FORMALDEHYDE 

You will find it on the label hiding behind:

  • DMDM HYDANTOIN
  • DIAZOLIDINYL UREA
  • IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA
  • METHANAMINE
  • QUATERNIUM-15
  • SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE
  • 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1.3 DIOL (BRONOPOL)
  • GLYOXAL
  • OXALDEHYDE

USED IN: NAIL POLISH, SHAMPOO, BODY WASH, HAIR PRODUCTS, COSMETICS AND TOILET BOWL CLEANER

MAY CAUSE:

  • leukemia
  • lung cancer
  • eye, nose, throat irritation
  • asthma
  • neurologic and behavioural toxicity
  • reproductive toxicity
  • immunological toxicity

#6 DEA DIETHANOLAMINE

  • MEA
  • TEA
  • COCAMIDE
  • TRIETHANOLAMINE

USED IN: ANYTHING THAT FOAMS AND ALSO IN HAIR DYE, SUNSCREEN, MASCARA, FOUNDATION, FRAGRANCE

MAY CAUSE:

  • skin and eye irritation
  • liver cancer
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • hormone disruption

#7 BHA, BHT

USED IN: MAKEUP AND COSMETICS AS PRESERVATIVE

MAY CAUSE:

  • endocrine disruption
  • cancer

Highly toxic to fish and other wildlife.

#8 PEG COMPOUNDS

  • POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS
  • RELATED INGREDIENTS: propylene glycol and other ethoxylates, usually contains ‘eth’ in their names. It is used to dissolve oil and grease but it can strip the natural oils off the skin leaving it vulnerable.

USED IN: COSMETICS AS THICKENERS, MOISTURE-CARRIERS AND SOFTENERS, CREAM BASES AND ALSO USED IN PHARMACEUTICALS AND LAXATIVES

MAY CAUSE:

  • damage in the nervous system
  • genotoxicity
  • systemic toxicity
  • skin irritation

#9 PETROLEUM/PARAFFIN/MINERAL OIL

80% of the self care products are contaminated

USED IN: LAUNDRY DETERGENT, CONDITIONER, BABY OILS, LIP BALM, LIPSTICK, LIP GLOSS, SHAMPOO, BODY WASH, FOUNDATION, CONCEALER, MASCARA, HAIR GEL, PARAFFIN TREATMENTS

MAY CAUSE:

  • slows down skin functions
  • premature aging
  • skin disorders
  • seals off the skin from air and water creating a great environment for yeast and fungus growth

#10 MERCURY

  • THIMEROSAL
  • MERTHIOLATE

USED IN: EAR AND EYE DROPS, MASCARA, SKIN LIGHTENER, ANTI-AGING PRODUCT AS A PRESERVATIVE AND ANTISEPTIC

MAY CAUSE:

  • damage to brain functions
  • for fetus: physical deformities like cerebral palsy and brain disorders

#11 BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE)

USED IN: LIPSTICK, MOISTURIZER, BABY CREAMS AND OTHER COSMETICS, ALSO IN JET FUEL, RUBBER AND MOST NON-ORGANIC PACKAGED FOOD, LIKE CEREAL

MAY CAUSE:

  • accumulate in body tissues
  • liver enlargement
  • hormone disruption
  • liver, thyroid and kidney problems

#12 COAL TAR DYES

  • AMINOPHENOL
  • DIAMINOBENZENE
  • PHENYLENED
  • OR ON THE LABEL GENERALLY IDENTIFIED BY A FIVE-DIGIT COLOUR INDEX (C.I.) NUMBER

Petroleum derived chemical mix usually contaminated with heavy metals.

USED IN: HAIR DYES, COLOURANT IN COSMETICS

MAY CAUSE:

  • brain toxicity
  • cancer of the lymph-system
  • skin irritation

 

More information:

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

http://www.ewg.org/

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