The Chemicals in Cosmetics
Are Hurting You.

Make the change to all natural skincare products and natural makeup NOW!

The chemicals in cosmetics are not all listed on the packaging, but unless the product states that it is 100% Certified Organic you really won't know what that product is going to do to you.

Studies have shown that females can expose themselves to over 515 potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and skincare, every day! Cosmetics and other personal care products can cause chemical reactions. This can have disastrous and lasting consequences for your health and your appearance.

The only way to avoid chemical poisoning and its consequences, is to KNOW about them, and avoid them.

The most dangerous cancer causing chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products are: (But be aware there are others!)

* Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients which are easily absorbed by the human skin.
At room temperature, formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that has a distinct, pungent smell. It is also known as methanal, methylene oxide, oxymethyline, methylaldehyde, and oxomethane. Formaldehyde is naturally produced in small amounts in our bodies.
It is used in the production of fertilizer, paper, plywood, and urea-formaldehyde resins. It is also used as a preservative in some foods and in many products used around the house, such as antiseptics, medicines, and cosmetics.
ATSDR - Toxic Substances
See the Formaldehyde Fact Sheet for more information.

* Hydroquinone commonly used in skin lighteners and considered the worst of the bunch. In some cases, hydroquinone was also discovered as impurities of other chemical ingredients used for facial and skin care products like moisturizers and cleansers, hair shampoo and conditioners, sunscreen lotions, and anti-aging treatments. On August 29, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a ban on over-the-counter sales of cosmetic products containing hydroquinone, a skin-bleaching (lightening) ingredient. According to the FDA, approximately 65 companies sell over 200 different types of skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone in the U.S. Currently, products that contain up to 2 percent hydroquinone may be sold in the U.S. without a prescription, and prescription skin-lightening products may contain up to 4 percent hydroquinone. Examples of prescription products containing hydroquinone are Lustra, Tri-Luma, and EpiQuin Micro.

* “Fragrance” will be listed as an ingredient on most of your favorite personal care products. It should NOT be listed on a natural beauty product. This is a term which collectively includes phthalates. A binding agent for color and scent, they are found in a wide range of personal care products which make use of plastic. In October 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal scientists reported on the identification of phthalates in the urine of adults, with the highest levels in premenopausal women. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded that it would "consider" this information. This response was and remains reckless, in view of well documented evidence since 1985 that phthalates induce birth defects, low sperm counts, and other reproductive toxicity in experimental animals. Samuel S. Epstein, M.D, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, and professor emeritus, Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago.

* Parabens are easily absorbed through the skin and then enter the bloodstream and the digestive system. Parabens, including methylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, and their metabolite, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, have been extensively used in skin care, cosmetics, foods, and pharmaceutical agents as antimicrobial preservatives for many years. Published reports have emerged in recent years implicating parabens as potential carcinogens in breast cancer, uterine cancer, and most recently, skin cancer. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Jan, 2008 by Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas.

* Heavy metal toxicity in humans is usually caused by exposure to pollutants in our air, water, food and many consumer products like cosmetics and personal care products, and is associated with many chronic diseases. Heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, zinc, iron, aluminium and arsenic are present in many cosmetics and other consumer products, and can impact the health of regular users.

See the CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances
It should be noted that this priority list is not a list of "most toxic" substances, but rather a prioritization of substances based on a combination of their frequency, toxicity, and potential for human exposure at NPL sites.

The chemicals you put on your skin and hair every day accumulate. Many women and girls have reactions to certain skin care products and makeup.

You may not see any direct effects from using them but over time you will build up a toxic load in your body.

Once you reach your limit with a toxic load your immune system will become impaired and you might develop allergies and sensitivities. Use only natural products on your skin and hair, and try to eat all organic fresh produce.

Remember, chemicals do not produce Natural Beauty. Nature does.

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