We can easily read warring signs like BEWARE, POISON and even TRAFFIC SIGNS But in the Personal Care Face and Body Products including MAKE UP, we tend to ignore the facts because we believe the hype or leaving our safety to the cosmetic companies for granted or it seems impossible to read an ingredient label and not so easy to recognize the actual very not so healthy toxin culprits.
Lets get real, it up to us and its very easy to be aware.
You can easily find and look up ingredients from these app and website listings on any products including household products.
Here is a favorite App. "Think Dirty". and check out the Websites like Safe Cosmetics & EWG Environmental Working Group or just go to The Good Face Project Website
By checking out these resources out you will find an app that works for your needs
Its amazing that toxins are even in and still in our personal care today. You guessed it they are cheap and very profitable.The Green Movement began in the 1970s to get our personal care cleaned up, is catching up with a revival, but it takes more then that. It take us all to be responsible to seek for and purchase the safest personal care, food and home cleaning products to keep our families, homes and planet's safe and clean.
Here is a short list of the most popular toxins and some vital information about each. Let's stop the chemical flooding by becoming savvy and health driven in our personal choices.
Coal Tar: possible carcinogen in dandruff shampoos & anti-itch creams including dyes such as FD&C Blue 1 in toothpastes, and FD&C Green 3 used in mouthwash.
Diethanolamine (DEA)DEA: possible hormone disruptor, limited evidence of carcinogenicity & depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.
4-Dioxane: possible known animal & human carcinogen: a contaminant in products containing sodium laureth sulfate & ingredients termed "PEG," "-xynol," "ceteareth," "oleth" & "eth" ingredients.
Formaldehyde: long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation & cancer in humans. Still found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive & hair dyes as a contaminant or break-down product: diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea & quaternium compounds
Phthalates: Endocrine disruption, developmental & reproductive toxicit & cancer. Found in Fragrance, Color cosmetics, fragrant lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish & treatment.
Retinol: Natural vitamin A & its derivatives have important roles in human reproduction development, good vision & healthy skin . Humans consume enough vitamin A to be healthy. Ing. terms: Retinol, vitamin A, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, all-trans retinoic acid, tretinoin. Concerns include Cancer (Possible), Developmental & reproductive toxicity. FYI, All-trans retinoic acid (Tretinoin) is banned for use in cosmetics in the EU
Parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-) Parabens are common preservatives that appear in a wide array of toiletries. Studies found butyl paraben damaged sperm formation in the testes of mice. Sodium methylparaben, is banned in cosmetics by the E.U. Parabens break down in the body into p-hydroxybenzoic acid, which has estrogenic activity in human breast-cancer cell cultures.
Petroleum Distillates Possible human carcinogens, petroleum distillates are prohibited or restricted for use in cosmetics in the E.U. but are found in several U.S. brands of mascara, foot-odor powder and other products. Look out for the terms "petroleum" or "liquid paraffin."
P-Phenylenediamine: Commonly found in hair dyes, this chemical can damage the nervous system, cause lung irritation & cause severe allergic reactions. It's also listed as 1,4-Benzenediamine; p-Phenyldiamine & 4-Phenylenediamine.
Hydroquinone:Found in skin lighteners and facial moisturizers, hydroquinone is neurotoxic and allergenic, and there's limited evidence that it may cause cancer in lab animals.
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Aka Teflon®):Potential contamination with perfluorooctonoic acid (PFOA) which is associated with cancer; mammary cancer; reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption & environmental bioaccumulation & persistence.
Synthetic Fragrance is a huge pet peeve and one of the number 3 toxins in products today. The listing of fragrance in your products is synthetic and can be made of up to 250 synthetic aromas to create the products desire aroma and often to mask volatile ingredients small. Synthetic Fragrance are rampant in Personal Care Products for Infants and children. That is why Think Dirty was developed. Tap the underlined links and read and learn.
Just think about the power we all possess.
Now lets wield our choices to clean up
Our World and protect Our Futures because we CARE.