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Toxins In Cosmetics

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Andrea Gonzalez

on 24 January 2013

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Toxins in Beauty Products Introduction To give you an Idea. . . The Toxins How to check if products are
safe Do you have any idea what's in the beauty products you use daily? Like your shampoo, foundation, and lotion? Well that's alright, because Lauren and I are here to tell you. A lot of beauty products on the market contain dangerous toxins, and the reason not many consumers are aware of them is because in our society, we feel there is no need for worry. But there is every need for worry, for these toxins are shockingly linked to some fatal diseases. We have compiled a list of the most deadly ones so you can see for yourself: What products should you be afraid of? We've embedded a video of a news report that brushes across the topic. There are still many more toxins the video didn't reveal that are in all kinds of beauty products, not just any specific one. Here is the list (including the ones stated in the news report):
-Phthalates which are usually called dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), or diethyl phthalate (DEP)
-Diethanolamine (DEA or MEA)
-Coal-tar Colors & Dyes
-Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone
-Any carcinogens If you are still unsure about whether or not a product is safe for use, please visit the website skindeep.org where you can search specific products and get the safety rating. What exactly are these toxins and what do they do? Each toxin is certain substance and each one induces it's own unique symptom(s)s. Phthalates are plasticizers mainly found in hair spray and nail polish to make them less brittle. They disrupt the reproductive hormones and are the reason girls are starting to hit puberty earlier in the U.S. Diethanolamine is a very dangerous chemical that helps cause breast cancer. It is mainly found in cosmetics. Coal tars and dyes are found in all kinds of beauty products and they are carcinogens, which means they are linked to cancer. (Continued) Formaldehyde is a strong preservative and it is also a carcinogen. It is used in all kinds of beauty products and expired mascara can actually break down into this toxin. Aluminum is common in deodorants, and when absorbed in the skin, it acts like estrogen. This ability can foster cancer cell-growth. Parabens are preservatives that are known to interfere with hormones and are linked to breast cancer. Oxybenzone is a highly hazardous chemical that induces reproductive problems and is the main ingredient in sunscreen. The toxin Triclosan is very common in beauty products and help to cause problems in the human endocrine system. And last but certainly not least, methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are two preservatives known to cause allergy problems and immunotoxicity. So how do you protect yourself? It is very important that you check the ingredients of the cosmetics you are using and toss out any that contain these harmful ingredients. Also check for these ingredients before you buy products. For certain products such as makeup it is important that you replace these products often. Liquid products such as foundation and concealer should be replaced every six months or so, mascara every three months, and powder products yearly. A good way to keep track of when to replace products is to have a notebook where you write down the date you start using the product, or you can write the date on a piece of tape and tape it directly to your product. You can write down the date you need to replace it as well. Every single one of these products has a fair chance of containing formaldehyde, parabens, and carcinogens. Perfumes, colognes and any artificial fragrance also contain certain toxins, like parabens and deadly petroleum by products. It's not fair that we are exposed to these toxins on a daily basis and don't even know about, huh?
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