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Are Your Personal Hygiene Products Making You Sick?
Like most Americans Your home contains "Potentially" Toxic, Harmful, Poisonous, and even Carcinogenic, Cancer Causing products. They may be your deodorant, moisturizer, body soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream, skin care products, feminine products, etc. Most commonly used products actually contain potentially harmful ingredients, which are made up of very small molecules that penetrate the skin, enter the blood stream, and build up in the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, and tissues!You may have heard this before and chalked it up as myth or not as important as what you are eating or drinking. I personally did this for years despite working in nutrition and I found years later when I started to take the research I uncovered more seriously, that I was missing out on an opportunity to significantly reduce the toxic load the my body was dealing with. Please read on to learn more about the harmful chemicals commonly found in these products and learn WHY it's worth it! you dont want them in your system. It's a lot easier to make a life change when you know and understand why.
Take this opportunity to gather up your most frequently used products and compare the ingredients list to the list provided below and see what your taking in through your mouth and skin that you may want to think twice about.
Alpha Hydroxyl Acid - An organic acid produced by anaerobic respiration. Skin care products containing AHA exfoliate not only dead skin cells, but the skin's protective Barrier as well. Long-term skin damage may result from its use.
Aluminum - A metallic element used extensively in the manufacture of aircraft components, prosthetic devices, and as an ingredient in antiperspirants, antacids, and antiseptics. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Animal Fat (Tallow) - A type of animal tissue made up of oily solids or semisolids that are water-insoluble esters of glycerol with fatty acids. Animal fats and lye are the chief ingredients in bar soap, a cleansing and emulsifying product that may act as a breeding ground for bacteria.
Alcohol - A colorless, volatile, flammable liquid produced by the fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. Alcohol is used frequently as a solvent and is also found in beverages and medicine. As an ingredient in ingestible products, alcohol may cause body tissues to be more vulnerable to carcinogens. Mouthwashes with an alcohol content of 25 percent or more have been implicated in mouth, tongue, and throat cancers.
Collagen - An insoluble fibrous protein that is too large to penetrate the skin. The collagen found in most skin care products is derived from animal skins and ground up chicken feet. This ingredient forms a layer of film that may suffocate the skin.
Diethanolamine (DEA) - A colorless liquid or crystalline alcohol that is used as a solvent, emulsifier, and detergent (wetting agent). DEA works as an emollient in skin softening lotions or as a humectant in other personal care products. When found in products containing nitrates, it reacts chemically with the nitrates to form potentially carcinogenic nitrosamines. Although earlier studies seemed to indicate that DEA itself was not a carcinogen, more recent studies show its carcinogenic potential, even in formulations that exclude nitrates. DEA may also irritate the skin and mucous membranes. Neways also avoids using other ethanolamines in its products: triethanolamine (TEA) and monoethanolamine (MEA).
Dioxins - A potentially carcinogenic by-product that results from the process used to beach paper at paper mills. Dioxin-treated containers sometimes transfer dioxins to the product itself. (See Sodium Laureth Sulfate.)
Elastin of High-Molecular Weight - A protein similar to collagen that is the main component of elastic fibers. Elastin is also derived from animal sources. Its effect on the skin is similar to collagen.
Fluorocarbons - A colorless, nonflammable gas or liquid that can produce mild upper respiratory tract irritation. Fluorocarbons are commonly used as a propellant in hairsprays.
Formaldehyde - A toxic, colorless gas that is an irritant and a carcinogen. When combined with water, formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, fixative, or preservative. Formaldehyde is found in many cosmetic products and conventional nail care system
Kaolin - A fine white clay used in making porcelain. Like bentonite, kaolin smothers and weakens the skin.
Lanolin - A fatty substance extracted from wool which is frequently found in cosmetics and lotions.
Lye - A highly concentrated watery solution of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Lye is combined with animal fats to make bar soaps, which may corrode and dry out the skin.
Mineral Oil - A derivative of crude oil (petroleum) that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. Mineral oil forms an oily film over skin to lock in moisture, but traps in toxins and wastes, and hinders normal skin respiration by keeping oxygen out.
Petrolatum - A petroleum-based grease that is used industrially as a grease component. Petrolatum exhibits many of the same potentially harmful properties as mineral oil.
Propylene Glycol - A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid, and industrial antifreeze. In skin and hair care products propylene glycol works as a humectant, which is a substance that retains the moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warn users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - Harsh detergents and wetting agents used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and auto cleaning products. SLS is well-known in the scientific community as a common skin irritant. It is rapidly absorbed and retained in the eyes, brain, heart, and liver, which may result in harmful long-term effects. SLS could retard healing, cause cataracts in adults, and keep children's eyes from developing properly.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may cause more drying. Both SLS and SLES may cause potentially carcinogenic formations of nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and cleansers by reacting with other product ingredients. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing.
Talc - A soft gray-green mineral used in some personal hygiene and cosmetics products. Inhaling talc may be harmful as this substance is recognized as a potential carcinogen.