Below I have provided some chemical names that are very common in a lot of beauty products today. I don’t want to alarm you, but you should be aware of what these chemicals can do to your body if you are not careful. When we use so many products in our daily routine it makes these chemicals that much more harmful. Educate yourself before you buy, take a moment to read the label, IT IS possible to avoid all of these synthetic chemicals. Do your part in limiting the amount of toxins in your body.

 

Phathalates

Also can be known as dibutyl, dimethyl, and diethyl. This chemical is a solvent used in cosmetics to help fragrance last longer and to help lotions penetrate the skin. While these are nice benefits they are known to be endocrine disruptors that have been linked too..

Triclosan

Used as an antimicrobial chemical known as endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid, reproductive hormones, and skin irritants. This chemical can contribute to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.

Sodium Sulfate Lauryl (SLS)/ Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

This surfactant can be found in more than 90% of our personnel care and cleaning products. SLS are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. It’s potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form into nitrosamines (a carcinogen). These combined can lead to other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.

Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde – Releasing Preservatives (FRP)

Preservatives used in many cosmetic products to prevent bacteria growth. This chemical is a human carcinogens (IARC) related to occupational related cancers nasal and nasopharyngeal. Also causes allergic skin reactions and harmful to the immune system.

Toluene

A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane and methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect the respiratory system, cause nausea and irritant your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapours as it can cause development damage in the fetus. This chemical is also linked to immune system toxicity.

Propylene Glycol

Is a small organic alcohol commonly used as skin-conditioning agent. It’s a skin irritant and penetrator that has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans.

Sunscreen Chemicals

Can be found in the words benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent to absorb ultraviolet light. These are endocrine disruptors and are absorbed easily into the body which can cause cellar damage and cancer in the body.

Petroleum

Jelly creates the illusion of moisturized, hydrated skin but in fact it’s suffocating your pores. Petroleum is water repellent and not water- soluble meaning it merely seals the barrier so that the moisture does not leave the skin.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is an oil made from petroleum. A by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. Mineral oil is terrible for many reasons, one, it may be contaminated with toxins, two, it cogs pores and three, mineral oil does absolutely nothing beneficial for the skin. This oil has an “occlusive agent” forming a physical barrier over the skin to reduce moisture loss, meaning it just sits on the top of the skin to refrain moisture loss. Therefore if there is bacteria on your skin (which there probably is) mineral oil will keep all of that close and tight to the skin all while increasing your chance of breakouts. Why is it in our products? Because it’s lightweight and inexpensive.

PEG’s

Also known as Polyethylene Glycols, Propylen Glycol. This is a petroleum based compunds used in cosmetics as thickener, solvants, softner and moisture carrier. PEG’s are  commonly used in cosmetic cream bases. Depending on the manufacturing process PEG’s contaminated with Ethylene Oxide and 1-4 Dioxane can be linked to cancer, human carcinogen, and can also harm the nervous system.

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE/PARFUM

This word in itself  covers over 2000 chemicals protected by the Federal  Law Classification. Fragrance is an obvious ingredient in perfumes, colognes, and deodorants, but it’s used in nearly every type of personal care product. Even products marketed as “fragrance-free” or “unscented” may in fact contain fragrance along with a masking agent  that prevents the brain from perceiving odour. Fragrance can trigger many allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. Not to mention is can be a hormone disruptor, cause dizziness, rash and hyper-pigmentation.

BHA/ BHT

Also known as Butylated Hydroxyanisole & Butylated Hydroxytoluene. This is a synthetic antioxidant used as a preservative to extend shelf life found in most conventional cosmetics and even some food preservatives. BHA & BHT can cause allergic reactions in the skin, and is possible to be a human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to high doses of BHT is toxic in mice and rats, causing liver, thyroid and kidney problems and affecting lung function and blood coagulation.