Many of us are now very aware of the chemicals that are put in our food products and do everything to avoid them! But did you know that our bathrooms are a minefield of toxins too? In fact, there are a thousand times over more toxic chemicals in our personal care products than in our food!The average woman uses 12 different personal care products a day (the average man about 6) and each product contains a dozen or more chemical compounds. Less than 20% of these have been assessed for safety and studies now are finding that many of these compounds are directly or indirectly linked to cancers, skin irritation, early menopause and puberty, reproductive issues, impaired brain development, Alzheimer’s, kidney dysfunction and even obesity just to name a few. What’s even scarier is that recent studies have shown that the average woman absorbs about 5 lbs of these chemicals through her skin EVERY YEAR!Here is a list of 10 ingredients to look out for in your bathroom.
 

1. FORMALDEHYDE

A known human carcinogen, it’s toxic to the immune system and respiratory track.

 

2. DIOXANE

Can be listed as 1,4-dioxane, PEG, polysorbates, laureth or ethoxylated alcohols. Dioxanes are linked to cancer.

3. PHENOL

Derived from petroleum & coal tar. Corrosive to the eyes, the skin, and the respiratory tract causing lung edema. Harms the central nervous systems and heart and can cause dysrhythmia, seizures, and coma. The kidneys may be affected as well.

4. PROPLENE GLYCOL

Actually anti-freeze. Linked to kidney and liver disease.

5. PETROLATUM

Coats the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. Slows cellular development, creating earlier signs of aging. Linked to cancer & hormone disruption.

6. PARABENS

Disrupts hormone function, breast cancer, reproductive fertility, early puberty in children and early menopause in women.

7. PHTHALATES

Has been shown to cause reproductive and neurological damage.

8. FRAGRANCE

Contains neurotoxins and is among the top five allergens in the world. Can cause loss of muscle control, brain damage, headaches, memory loss, problems with speech, hearing, and vision.

9. ACRYLAMIDE

Found in mammary tumors. Known to increase infertility and neurological problems.

10. DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA)

Has been linked with stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancers.

A great way to check if your brand of product is harming you and your family is to check them against the Environmental Working Groups Cosmetics Database.

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group
www.ewg.org