There are so many skin care products out there that it can feel a bit overwhelming as to which line and/or brand is best for you. Did you know that a lot of those products have harmful ingredients in them with scary side effects. Dyes are a popular ingredient, specificall Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green, that you will find in Food, Drug, and Cosmetics. If you see on the label that Blue 1 (for example) are FDC approved that means that Blue 1 is approved to be used in Food, Drug, and Cosmetics. Some examples of what some of these dyes are associated with are: FDC Red dye #3 has been linked to thyroid tumors, FDC Blue #1 is known to be a skin and eye irritant in many studies, FDC Green dye #3 is a carcinogen and many research has shown it to be linked to many types of cancer. Also there are a couple of yellow dyes that have been banned in other countries, but not necessarily in here in the states. These dyes make the product look nice so that consumers will want to purchase them, and consider it a small enough risk to use them in their products. Feeling better about what you are putting on your skin? Scary to think about isn’t it.
Unfortunately the bad news doesn’t stop there. Some other ingredients you may want to steer clear from when buying cosmetics is diethanolamine. Also known as DEA, this is a chemical used as a wetting agent in Shampoos, lotions, creams, and other cosmetics. This is what gives you that rich lather in shampoos and soaps, that we all look for, and it gives us that favorable consistency in our lotions and creams. When used by itself it isn’t harmful but whats interesting is DEA can interact with other ingredients when sitting on the shelf or in your cabinet at home that forms an extremely potent carcinogen. DEA is used in brake fluid for your car, de-greasers, and anti-freeze.
Another chemical to be on the look out for is phthalates. Phthalates are a family of industrial chemicals that are used as plastic softeners or solvents, in many different consumer user products. This chemical is linked to birth defects, damage the liver, kidney, the lungs, and reproductive system, especially the developing testes.
Parabens is an inexpensive preservative that helps prolong the shelf life. There is a lot of research with arguments on both sides about whether Parabens are good or bad for us. So I will just tell you what they have been linked too. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer. It is also undecided or unknown on how parabens effect the growth of babies and adults.
A couple more ingredients I want to go over is propylene glycol. Propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. and according to the environmental working group it is rated 4 which is categorized as a moderate health issue. It is shown to be linked to cancer, developmental reproductive issues, allergies, immunol toxicity, neuro toxicity, endocrin disruption, and a skin irritant. These issues have been arising with as little as a 2% amount of this ingredient, but cosmetic company’s are allowed to put in as much as 50% of propylene glycol in their cosmetics.
This post isn’t meant to scare everyone, but to inform. I just want people to be aware of what they are buying so that they can do their own research and get the best cosmetic products that are not harmful or full of chemicals with unknown side effects. As consumers we have the right to know what the ingredients are in the products that we use and also how it effects us negatively or positively.
Not all products out there are bad and there are several companies that use all natural ingredients that won’t have harmful side effects. In fact one company that I know and use has great products. They have wonderful facial products and in different varieties for all the different skin types. They have Anti-aging, moisturizing for dry skin, acne, and scrubs. You can buy them as kits or if you like to keep things simple when you get ready, you can pick and choose and buy them separately. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the website and/or for further information.