The disease of cancer is a topic that is never far from the public consciousness. We are bombarded with news stories, commercials, and social media posts about the latest cancer breakthroughs and the best ways to avoid the disease. But what if I told you that one of the biggest dangers to your health might be something that you're using every day? I'm talking about conventional skin care products.
While the FDA does regulate the ingredients used in skin care products, they do not require manufacturers to list all of the potentially harmful chemicals that their products contain. This means that many people are using products that could be putting them at risk for cancer and other diseases without even knowing it. Here are just a few of the potentially harmful chemicals that are commonly found in skin care products:
Parabens are a class of preservatives commonly used in skincare products to extend their shelf life. They're found in everything from shampoo and conditioner to makeup and moisturizers. Studies have shown that parabens can mimic the action of estrogen in the body, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells. If you see "paraben-free" on a product label, that means it doesn't contain any of these potentially harmful chemicals.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a foaming agent that is found in shampoo, body wash, hand soap, and many other types of cleansers. It has been linked to cancer, developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity.
Formaldehyde is a colorless, poisonous gas that's often used as a preservative in skincare products. It's been linked to leukemia and other cancers, as well as respiratory problems, skin irritation, and headaches. You'll find formaldehyde in everything from nail polish and hair straighteners to foundation and eyelash glue. Look for "formaldehyde-free" on the label to avoid this chemical altogether.
Phthalates are a group of industrial chemicals often used as plasticizers in skincare products. They're known to disrupt hormone function and have been linked to birth defects, reproductive problems, and cancer. Like parabens, phthalates can be found in a wide range of products, from hair spray and nail polish to perfume and lotion. If a product is labeled "phthalate-free," that means it contains none of these dangerous chemicals.
Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible and are found in many different kinds of personal care products, including hand, face, and body lotions, hair care products, nail polish, and fragrances. They have been linked to reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, cancer, and organ system toxicity.
Propylene glycol is a moisture-carrying ingredient that is found in many different kinds of cosmetics and personal care products. It has been linked to contact dermatitis and hives.
Toluene is a solvent that is used in nail polish, hair color, and other cosmetics. It has been linked to developmental toxicity, nervous system effects, immune system effects, endocrine disruption., and liver/kidney/ adrenal gland damage.
There Is A Better Skin Care Routine!
When it comes to your skincare routine, consider your health first. The next time you reach for your favorite lotion or shampoo, take a moment to think about what's really in it and what those ingredients might be doing to your body. Your health is worth so much more than using any old product off the shelf—do your research and only use skin care products that you know are safe for you and your family. Thankfully, we offer a full line of healthy botanicals that are filled with healing ingredients that come from earth, and not in a lab.
We hope this information has added some positive enrichment to your life. We are always here to help with any questions or concerns that you may have. Please contact us for more information. Have a wonderful, healthy day!
Information Disclaimer: The following statements are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the FDA. We encourage you to speak with your preferred medical advisor to determine if this information is right for you. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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