Habits are hard to break. For most people, brand specifics play an important role in the products they choose to use on their bodies and although those products are not 100% pure, the marketing campaigns for those products are so well orchestrated that people become sold on the idea, more so than the product itself.
Did you know that in order for major retail bath and body companies to sell their products as all natural, the ingredients need only be approximately 95% natural? Think about this for a moment. A scientifically generated chemical used on your skin is absorbed through your pores, allowing entry into your body causing, in some cases, great detriment to your delicate system. The following is a list of just a few widely used chemicals in skin and body care products that you may not be aware of.
Propilene Glycol – This an industrial grade antifreeze and is used in your everyday products, such as shaving gels, shampoos, deodorant and skin care products.
Sodium lauryl sulfate – An article published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation. Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%.
Fluoride – In high concentrations, fluoride is toxic to the body and skin. With regard to Sodium Fluoride (NaF) the toxic, lethal dose for adults is estimated to be at 5 to 10 g. Ingestion of fluoride can produce gastrointestinal discomfort. Fluoride is typically found in skin and body care products.
Linalool – This narcotic is typically found in perfumes, bar soaps, shampoos, body moisturizers, nail products, body products and also in laundry and dishwashing products. It has been linked to causing respiratory problems and central nervous system disorders.
Benzaldehyde – This chemical is typically found in perfumes, laundry detergents and bleach, deodorants, Vaseline, shaving cream, shampoo, retail bar soaps and dishwasher detergent as well. It is a narcotic and acts as a sensitizer, a local anesthetic and a CNS depressant. It is also an irritant to the mouth, throat, eyes, skin, lungs and Gastrointestinal tract and may cause damage to your kidneys.
Ethanol – is listed as a hazardous waste on the EPA list and is found in most bath and body products. It is a severe irritant to the eyes and upper respiratory tract and has been linked as a cause to central nervous system disorders.
Ethyl acetate – This narcotic chemical is listed as a hazardous waste on the EPA list. It is an irritant to the eyes and respiratory tract, can cause headaches and narcosis and may be the cause for anemia and can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Ethyl acetate is most commonly found in colognes, shampoos, nail products and laundry and dishwashing products.
Cocoamide DEA (diethylalomine) TEA, MEA,– This chemical is a dangerous additive contained within most shampoos and skin products such as moisturizers. Scientific laboratory studies have shown that these chemicals directly inhibit fetal brain development by blocking the absorption of choline, a nutrient required for brain development and maintenance.
Methylene Chloride – This carcinogen was banned by the FDA in the 1980’s and is listed on the EPA’s hazardous waste list. It is a chemical most often used in shampoos and perfumes. It has been linked to causing headaches, irritability, fatigue, tingling through the limbs and central nervous system disorders.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine – The toxicity of this chemical is harmful to the immune system and can cause dermatitis.
PEG – Studies have shown that any ingredient containing PEG in its name may be contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane.
Benzyl acetate – This chemical is most often found in perfumes, shampoos, soaps, deodorants and shampoos, as well as commonly used laundry and dish detergents. Benzyl acetate is a carcinogenic and has been linked to pancreatic cancer. When absorbed through the skin, it causes harmful, systemic effects. It has also been linked to certain respiratory failure.
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