1. PARABENS Are chemical preservatives added to personal care products for extending shelf life. Four main parabens are in use: methyl, ethyl, propyl and butylparabens. Parabens may alter hormone levels, possibly increasing risks for certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, or alteration of the development of a fetus or young child. Parabens are also known to be endocrine disruptors.
2. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL A solvent and denaturant, derived from petroleum and used in anti-freeze.
3. MINERAL OIL A petroleum ingredient that coats the skin like plastic wrap, inhibiting the skin to breathe and absorb essential moisture and nutrition. As well as disabling the skin from releasing toxins, which may lead to acne and other disorders of the skin.
4. PEG An abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. PEG's contribute to stripping the Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable. They are also potentially carcinogenic.
5. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG) Is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. Used in cosmetics as a surfactant and wetting agent.
6. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES) Possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care today, these compounds can be found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers.
7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (monoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine) DEA and MEA are usually listed on the ingredient label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocoamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone-disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. These are commonly found in most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers.
8. FD&C COLOR PIGMENTS Many color pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and even death according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Debra Lynn Dadd says in Home Safe Home, "Colors that can be used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics are made from coal tar.
9. FRAGRANCE Artificial Fragrance (NOT ESSENTIAL OILS WHICH ARE PLANT DERIVED) is present in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby care products. Many of the compounds in fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. Clinical observations have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.
10. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDATOIN These are two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Serious side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer. Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants and nail polish found in stores contain formaldehyde-releasing ingredients.
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