Do you know what’s in your common household products? Could you be unknowingly poisoning yourself and your family?
Of the 2,983 chemicals (used in Cosmetics) analysed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH-USA), the results showed that 884 of the ingredients were found to be toxic. Of these:
- 314 can cause biological mutation (change in cells)
- 218 can cause reproductive complications
- 778 can cause acute toxicity
- 146 can cause tumors, and
- 376 can cause skin and eye irritations
Lets Flesh out the toxins:
Propylene Glycol and Sodium Laurel Sulfate are just two of the many harmful ingredients in your bathroom
Propylene glycol – Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities.
Uses: Industrial anti-freeze, major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Also used in cosmetics, toothpaste and lotions. Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) (SLES) – Exposure to SLS may lead to hair loss, eye damage, skin irritations, and kidney damage. A burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache. Nausea and vomiting are also possible side effects
Uses: Found in most brands of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and toothpaste. It’s also a major ingredient in car-wash, soap, engine degreaser and garage floor cleaner.
Don’t forget about these sneaky suckers:
Aluminium – Links to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.
Uses: Antiperspirants, spray types are very dangerous as they are absorbed through the nasal passages.
BHA (Butylated hydoxyanisole) – Absorbed through the skin, metabolised, and stored in various body tissues.
Uses: Preservative, Cosmetics, makeup, lip balm, lip gloss, lipstick.
Coal Tar Dyes/D&C, FD&C colours – Also contain the hidden carcinogens, arsenic and lead.
Uses: Medicated shampoo, hand & body lotion, facial cosmetics, toothpaste hair and eyelash dye, lipsticks, psoriasis, medication.
DEA (Diethanolamine) – The most common chemical in the cosmetic and personal care business. In Nov. 1997 the National Toxicology Program (USA) was still reporting that DEA was a carcinogen. It’s readily absorbed, an eye and skin irritant, and it can cause impaired vision. It also continues to build up in the body as it can’t be removed effectively.
Uses: Baby products, bubble bath, moisturiser and shaving cream.
Formaldehyde (Formalin) – It can also be a hidden carcinogen in 7 other ingredients, released as they break down.
Uses: A preservative and anti-microbial. Also found in mascara, nail hardener, nail polish, soap, hair restorer, shampoo, anti-aging cream, bubble
bath, and deodorant.
Isopropanol (Isopropyl Alcohol) – Large amounts can cause kidney failure. Stays on the hair long after it has been rinsed off.
Uses: Solvent in many hair products, spray type room deodoriser, nail enamel, hand lotion, aftershave.
Lanolin – A natural oil from the wool of sheep, lanolin can be highly contaminated with hidden carcinogens such as DDT, Dieldren, Endrin, and other pesticides from sheep dips etc. So it’s best to know where your lanolin came from
Uses: Moisturiser, skin and hair conditioner, soap, eye shadow, detergent, hand cream, lipstick, mascara, nail polish remover.
Mineral Oil – Often a carrier of carcinogenic impurities. Blocks the pores and suffocates the skin.
Uses: Detergent/soap, liquid foundation make-up, lip gloss, baby
cream/lotion, suntan creams, cleansing cream, hair conditioner,
hand cream, mascara, rouge, shaving cream, compact powder.
PEG LAURETH (Ethoxylated) – May contain dioxane which is potentially
cancer causing, oestrogen mimic & hormone disrupter.
Uses: Shampoo, hair tonic, baby products, antiperspirant, lipstick,
Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate – Extremely common. Coconut
derivative & not natural. MSDS says: strong sensitiser, skin irritant,
can damage the eyes. SLS is also harmful to the oral mucosa (mucus membrane in the mouth). Studies have shown it increases the occurrence of mouth ulcers (this is disturbing considering SLS is often an ingredient in toothpaste).
Uses: Toothpaste, hand & body wash, shampoo, bubble bath, hair conditioner, moisturiser, emollient cream, mascara, industrial cleaners, antibiotics.shaving cream.
Toluene – readily absorbed into the body via inhalation, ingestion, and somewhat by the skin.
Uses: Solvent in spray cans, hair spray, hair gel, nail products, perfumes and fragrances.
Triclosan – It is a mutagen containing hidden carcinogenic toxins.
Uses: Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial hand wash, acne lotions, some toothpaste and deodorants.
TEA (Triethenolamine) – Very similar properties and potentially harmful effects as DEA.
Uses: Hand and body lotion, shaving cream, shampoo, hair conditioner, soap, foundation.
How many products are in your bathroom with these toxins, how many products are in your house? Are you poisoning your family? What can you do about it?
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