Why You Should Use Natural Cosmetics

Why You Should Use Natural Cosmetics

Cosmetics are a common part of our everyday lives. We use them when we take a bath, when we fix our hair, and even when we get dressed up for a night out on the town.

Most men would argue that they don’t use cosmetic supplies because they’re for women, but this really isn’t true!

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What Is A Cosmetic?

Cosmetics are not limited to just makeup, and it is not something that only women use just as many cosmetics as women do. Although they may not fess up to it.

So what is a cosmetic? A cosmetic is any product that can be used to improve ones appearance. If it can be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or even sprayed on the human body then it is considered to be a cosmetic.

It doesn’t matter if it’s used for the hair, nails, lips or even teeth. Cosmetics are a big part of a daily routine for both men and women.

Natural Is More Environmentally Friendly

LandfillsWhen it comes to environmental footprints, cosmetic companies seem to have the biggest around.[footnote number=”1″ ]http://www.organicmonitor.com/r2208.htm[/footnote]

While it is not widely known, a large part of landfill waste is due to plastic packaging from cosmetics . The impact that cosmetic companies have on our environment is completely unnecessary as well as dangerous.

The plastic packaging from cosmetics are often not recycled (although they could and should be) and will end up sitting in our landfills for decades to come.

Animal TestingJust the phrase ‘animal testing’ is absolutely terrifying. Although this process is wrong in so many ways, it is both common and accepted by most.

Animal testing is a cosmetic company’s way of ensuring the safety of the product before it is sold in stores. They use animals such as rats, mice, rabbits and even guinea pigs to test for different affects that can be caused by the product.

Cosmetic companies uses these defenseless animals to test for things such as acute oral toxicity, skin irritation corrosion, and even reproductive/developmental screen.

These products are often rubbed on the bare shaved skin of these animals (some are even injected under the skin).

These animals are rarely provided with pain relief before their short lives come to an end at the end of each test.[footnote number=”2″ ]http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/tips/common_cosmetics_tests_animals.html[/footnote]

Moisture Beads  Also known as microbeads, this tiny sponge like beads can absorb several chemicals at one time. This includes flame retardants and pesticides.

Found in more than 200 different cosmetics, these beads that are made of plastic can damage both our water supplies and the marine life.

The fact that microbeads were designed to go down our drains makes it easier to believe that these beads were found to take up about 17,000 bits per square kilometer in Lake Michigan. Being that since they were designed to be so small, they now can pass through filters and into our lives.[footnote number=”3″ ]http://www.npr.org/2014/05/21/313157701/why-those-tiny-microbeads-in-soap-may-pose-problem-for-great-lakes[/footnote]

Damaging To Wildlife Did you know that every time you take a shower, brush your teeth, or even rinse your face to remove your make-up that you are harming your local wildlife?

Deliberately added by producers, most of our everyday cosmetics contain an enormous amount of chemicals. These very chemicals contain toxins that are unknowingly released into our local lakes and rivers.

As a result, they harm the animals that call that piece of water home. Animals such as fish, seagulls, and even turtles are among the ones affected.

While the toxins are small and may seem harmless, these animals, such as fish, think of them as food. The fish that eat these toxins (moisture beads) are often deprived of nutrients. Sometimes these toxins get lodged in their intestines and, as a result, block their digestive systems.

So, not only are these chemicals contaminating fish, but they are killing them as well.[footnote number=”4″ ]http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/plastic-microbeads-oceans-cosmetics-20052014/[/footnote]

Traditional Cosmetics Contain Harsh Chemicals

Parabens Composed of several distinct chemicals (with a very similar molecular structure), this chemical can be absorbed through both skin and blood. There are some cases where it has been absorbed into the digestive system as well.

This chemical can be found in shampoos, lotions, and even eye make-ups. Parabens are known for not only disrupting the hormone function but also for increasing the risk of breast cancer among many people as well.

There are four(4) main parabens that are used in cosmetics; Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, and Methylparaben. All of the Parabens can result in reproductive toxicity, allergies, and immunotoxicity.[footnote number=”22″ ]http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291[/footnote]

PhthalatesPhthalates are derived from Phthalic acid (an organic chemical) and are most commonly used to give flexibility to water bottles and other things that are made of plastic.

Phthalates can also be found in just about anything with a fragrance.[footnote number=”23″ ]http://cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/23[/footnote]

Most people know that phthalates are bad for you, but some are not sure why. Here are a few dangers that are caused by using cosmetics that contain phthalates that many people are not aware of.

For example, phthalates are an endocrine disruptor. As if that is not scary enough, they can also cause birth defects in pregnant women such as hypospadias.

Not only can it cause birth defects for all children, but for female babies it can result in abnormal sexual development.

It is also a cause of an increased waist circumference in adult males as well as being an insulin resistance.

While Phthalates are not always written in the ingredients, it can almost always be detected by looking for “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label.[footnote number=”24″ ]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maia-james/phthalates-health_b_2464248.html[/footnote]

TriclosanFound in most cosmetic products, Triclosan is a very common antimicrobial agent. It is used in a numerous amount of everyday cosmetic products.

Triclosan can be found in many products such as; antibacterial soaps, deodorants, shaving products and even toothpaste.

Triclosan has been linked to hormone disruption and can even impact thyroid function.

Even the smallest amount of Triclosan can trigger an antibiotic resistance making it harder for you to rid your body of things such as the flu or even an ear infection.

Recent studies have declared it both dangerous and completely unnecessary. You can also find this info on the SafeCosmetics website.

FragranceFragrances are used in just about every cosmetic product available, even the ‘unscented’ products could contain a fragrance to cover up other chemicals.

These fragrances are known as ‘masking fragrances’. While fragrances’ may seem harmless, they are among the top five(5) known allergies in the United States.

They are also known to trigger asthma attacks as well as cause damage to the average persons immune system.

‘Fragrance’, also known as ‘parfum’, is often listed as an ingredient by itself. This is because manufactures are not required to tell you what chemicals they are using to scent your cosmetics, leaving you clueless and unaware of what you are smelling.

Benzophenone & OxybenzoneFound in most cosmetics, including soaps, lotions, and even sunscreens, it is used for it’s UV-blocking properties.

Although they are great for UV-blocking, they have the potential to disrupt your endocrine system, including your thyroid.

Benzophenone alone can cause cancer, organ system toxicity and even development and reproductive toxicity.

It is also used to prevent many cosmetics such as soaps and lotions from losing their scents, as well as color.

Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and is one of the most dangerous chemicals as far as sun screen is concerned.

This chemical accumulates in the skin and can can lead to eczema. It is also known for decreasing fertility in men as well as increasing the chances of testicular cancer.[footnote number=”28″ ]http://en.phenome.pl/en/main/baza-wiedzy/niebezpieczne-skladniki-w-kosmetykach/chemiczne-filtry-uv/oxybenzone[/footnote]

Natural Cosmetics Are Rich In Nutrients

While conventional cosmetics are easier to find and all around cheaper, they are not what is best for you.

While the FDA says that the ingredients in these cosmetics are safe (and in small doses they are), these ‘safe’ products are potentially dangerous.[footnote number=”10″ ]http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-natural-skin-care.html[/footnote]

The average person uses an insane amount of cosmetics a day. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, makeup, deodorant, toothpaste, and even hairspray. The fact that we use so many makes these substances that much more harmful.

Natural cosmetics are the better choice. Natural cosmetics contains many substances that have nutritional value, and these nutrients are easily absorbed by the skin, keeping it smooth and healthy.

Natural Cosmetics Often Contain:

Shea Butter Also known as Butyrospermun Parkii, Shea butter is one of the most common ingredients found in natural cosmetics.

This is because Shea butter has an amazing ability as a conditioning agent.

Not only is it an amazing conditioning agent, but a body healer as well. Containing both vitamins D and E as well as pro-vitamin A, Shea butter is the perfect all natural ingredient.

Acting as a UV protector and an anti-inflammatory, Shea butter can heal minor cuts and burns and even relieve one of the muscle aches.[footnote number=”11″ ]http://www.naturepurity.com/holistic/sheabutter.html[/footnote]

Cocoa ButterCocoa butter comes from the Cacao Bean, which can produce anywhere from 30 to 40 Cocoa seeds.

Cocoa butter is greatly known for its ability to reduce stretch marks (common for pregnant women).

As another perfect all natural ingredient, cocoa butter can also protect against skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, and even skin irritation.

With high amounts of fatty acids and antioxidants, cocoa butter can both hydrate the skin and fight off free radicals.[footnote number=”12″ ]http://www.love-yourself-naturally.com/2013/11/what-cocoa-butter-can-do-for-your-skin/[/footnote]

White Tea ExtractWhile it is used pretty often in natural cosmetics, when you think of tea extract, white is not the one that comes to mind.

This particular tea is made from the leaves of a plant called Camellia Sinensis.

It is the leased processed of the three(3) types of tea extract. (There is white tea, green tea, and black tea.) White tea is known for its high catechin content and its amazing skin protection ability.[footnote number=”13″ ]http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/whitetea.html[/footnote]

Grape Extract A very powerful component in natural cosmetics, this extract is full of vitamin E, flavonoids, and linoleic acids.

Grape extract can reduce free radical damage, as well as wound healing properties. It is also used in cosmetics that treat hemorrhoids and anti-aging.[footnote number=”14″ ]http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/grape-seed[/footnote]

Apricot Extract – This extract has an amazing ability to make your skin soft. It’s often used in under the eye creams because of its anti-aging properties.

It is also an antioxidant used for protecting the skin. This extract is normally meant for topical application.[footnote number=”15″ ]http://oilhealthbenefits.com/apricot-kernel-oil/[/footnote]

Pomegranate Extract – This extract is full of antioxidants and vitamins.

Known for it’s anti-aging properties, this extract is very common in all natural facial creams.

Pomegranate extract has a number of other well-known properties, such as: protecting against skin cancer, sun protector, cell regeneration, relieving sunburns, and even preventing wrinkles.[footnote number=”16″ ]http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Skincare/a/The-Skin-Care-Benefits-Of-Pomegranates.htm[/footnote]

And Many Others -A long list of other natural ingredients can be found in these cosmetics.

Basil is used to because of its high amounts of vitamins A and C. Bay Rum is used for its spicy scent and apple oil, which contains malic acid, which is an antioxidant and natural PH adjuster.[footnote number=”17″ ]http://www.healthfoodemporium.com/index_natural-ingredients.php[/footnote]

Soap

One of the oldest and most common cosmetic products around is soap. Most popular in the solid form (bar soap), it is the most important cosmetic in our everyday lives.

Used for washing dirt off skin and cleaning; soap has easily become the most desired luxury of our time.

While conventional soap may be a common part of our daily lives, it does not mean it is good for our health.

Conventional soaps contain ingredients that are considered ‘safe’ in small doses. But what happens when you use that product everyday of your life? The once ‘safe small dose’ has now become a ‘large dangerous dose’.[footnote number=”6″ ]http://www.healthline.com/health/bubble-bath-soaps#Causes2[/footnote]

Did You Know?

There are many different types of soap you can make at home, from milk-based soaps to shea butter, cocoa butter, etc and you can scent them yourself using essential oils.

Accidental soap poisoning

When exposed to some ingredients for a prolonged amount of time, that ingredient becomes dangerous.

Children tend to be most vulnerable when it comes to these situations. Because children do not know that soap is toxic, they are more likely to put it in their mouth.

While the instructions on the label states to keep out of contact with eyes, it isn’t necessarily that simple.

Soap coming into contact with your eyes can result in having difficulty focusing that eye or even loss of vision completely if it’s not dealt with quickly.

Why you should choose natural soap

First off, let me start by saying that I am a big fan of all soaps. Anything that can get my body clean automatically goes in the plus column. But lets get to why when given the choice, I will choose a natural soap over conventional soap every time.

For starters, most natural soaps contain ingredients that are more moisturizing than conventional soaps.

Not only are natural soaps great moisturizers, but they also offer a milder cleaning which is great for people with sensitive skin.[footnote number=”7″ ]http://scrubbynecksoap.com/why-natural/[/footnote]

To add the icing on top, natural soaps not only smell better but the ‘fragrances’ come from the plants ‘essence’. Making it completely safe, no matter how many years you use it.

Toothpaste

Known and used for it’s ability to clean and freshening breath; toothpaste has made it’s way to being at the top of the ‘most used cosmetics’ list.[footnote number=”8″ ]http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/womens-health/natural-toothpaste-ingredients-0307[/footnote]

Why conventional toothpaste is bad

Most typical toothpastes are composed of harsh abrasives and chemicals.

Did You Know?

Toothpaste used to be made with chalk, crushed brick, oyster shells, salt or even crushed bones.

Chemicals such as:

  1. Water softeners
  2. Sodium carbonate peroxide (used to whiten teeth)
  3. Coloring agents
  4. Fluoride.

Fluoride is an active ingredient in most conventional toothpaste and ingesting large amounts of it can be potentially toxic. (Children are most known to ingest toothpaste because of the lack of known how when it comes to spitting or rinsing.)[footnote number=”9″ ]http://www.choose-healthy-eating-for-life.com/natural-toothpaste.html#.VNAVxS5e3IU[/footnote]

Why choose natural toothpaste

As a parent, it is our responsibility to make sure that we provide the safest solutions to every situation for our families.

This includes toothpaste.

The warning label (don’t swallow!) on a tube of toothpaste should be scary enough to make you want to switch to a natural alternative.

With most natural toothpaste being fluoride free, you can be sure that you are creating a safer choice for both you and your family each time you brush.

Perfume

Like most women, I pride myself on how well I smell on a daily basis.

It is nothing for me to wake up in the morning and spray myself with my favorite perfume. But, I only use natural perfumes that I make myself at home because A) I know what’s in them and B) conventional perfumes purchased at drug stores or at the mall are expensive.

Besides, who wants to walk around wearing the same scent as everyone else?

Did You Know?

Perfumes have been made for thousands of years from distilled flowers, oil, essential oils, and plant extracts. No chemicals necessary!

Fragrances are also specifically exempted from the Federal Fair Packaging & Labeling Act of 1973.

How perfume can be dangerous

Most perfume (body sprays) contain secret chemicals not listed on the label, in addition to other unhealthy chemical substances. The have the ability to still linger on even after the smell is unnoticeable. Some of the most popular brands of perfume contain as many as 24 secret substances not found on the label![footnote number=”17″ ]http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/toxic-perfumes-and-colognes/[/footnote]

The chemicals in the wonderfully smelling perfumes can cause a number of affects on both you and the people around you.

These affects include but are not limited to:

      • Hormonal system disruption
      • Asthma
      • Headaches
      • Breast Cancer
      • Rendering anti-estrogen cancer treatments
      • Sexual Organ dis-function.[footnote number=”18″ ]http://www.hellawella.com/why-smelling-good-can-be-bad-you[/footnote]

Why natural is better

Most natural perfumes are derived from a plant or flower. Meaning that not only are there a variety of different smells available but it is a safer choice for both you and the people surrounding you.

Using natural perfumes mean that you will no longer put other people at risk for asthma or any other potential problems because of the way you smell.

Natural perfumes are also safer for your skin as well. Even if you are sensitive to other conventional perfumes.[footnote number=”19″ ]http://www.lifescript.com/well-being/articles/a/a_switch_to_all-natural_perfume_might_be_in_your_future.aspx[/footnote]

Powders

Body powders are something that has been used for decades by both women and children in the United States. Parents often put baby powder on children to reduce diaper rashes and irritation.

So, what’s the big deal?

How Powders Can Be Dangerous

While body powder has great benefits, there are some dangers that come along with it as well.

After a series of studies, it has been discovered that not only can body powders containing talc cause talcosis (lung irritation) but can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women.[footnote number=”20″ ]http://www.drfranklipman.com/talcum-powder-the-hidden-dangers/[/footnote]

So, talc-based body powder should be avoided almost completely; there are plenty of natural alternatives out there.

The only time you should consider using a talc-based body powder temporarily is if you are dealing with skin yeast… starch-based powders will make a skin infection worse! But, if you can use a clay-based powder, use it instead.

The Benefits of Natural Body Powders

Choosing a natural body powder is a great way to start a natural skin care routine.

Natural powders leave your skin smooth and silky during humid weather as well as keeping sensitive skin calm and happy while relieving you from irritation.

Makeup

For decades, makeup has been a right of passage for any young girl entering into the world of teenage hood.

My parents, like many, forbid me to wear makeup until I turned 13 years old. So, for my 13th birthday, I celebrated by spending all my birthday money on tons of makeup.

I have spent at least 15 minutes a day since I was 13, putting makeup on.. until recently.

Now, I only wear makeup on special occasions and even then, I only wear natural makeup. Here is why.

The negative effects of daily makeup use

Makeup is one of the most popular forms of cosmetics among women.

While it makes you feel beautiful it is far from safe. Conventional makeup is known to have side effects.

The upside of makeup

Let’s face it. With all the dangers that come along with makeup, there really is only one upside to it all.

That is that it makes us more attractive to the opposite sex. Yes, that is all it is good for and yes, we women can be that shallow sometimes!

So, if you are going to put yourself through the pain of getting all dressed up everyday, at least you should make the switch to natural makeup.

It has less chemicals and less likely to give you all the side effects that conventional makeup does.

Lotion

Did you know that it is more dangerous to put some chemicals on your skin than it is to ingest them directly? When you rub some chemicals on your skin, they can go directly to your bloodstream.

This is one reason that lotions and sun screens can be so bad.

Troubling ingredients found in lotions

There are a lot of harmful ingredients that can be found in the very lotions and sun screens you use every day.

Chemicals such as:

  • Fragrances
  • Stearic Acid
  • Alkylomides
  • Parabens
  • Petroleum
  • Phthalates

These are all chemicals and synthetic fragrances that can irritate the skin. They are dangerous to the average person when in contact with large amounts.

The best alternative

Finding an all natural lotion or sun screen is difficult. ‘Natural’ and ‘all natural’ are not very common words found on lotion ingredient labels and even if you can find them, be suspicious until you check the list of ingredients.

That is why the best alternative to conventional lotions and sun screens are to make them yourself or find a really good brand online.

They aren’t easy to find in offline stores unless you live in a metro area, so it is important to be extra careful when making your purchases.

Shampoo

Washing my hair is something that I do almost religiously. In fact, it is a very important part of my daily routine. I love the feeling of having clean hair in the morning and I absolutely love the smell of my shampoo.

But, I’m not exactly a fan of the ingredients in conventional shampoo… and I’ll tell you why.

Why I changed my shampoo

As already stated, washing my hair is a daily part of my routine. I’m sure I’m not the only one that indulges myself in this tradition.

What most people are not aware of is the harm that could come from using regular shampoos.

Keep in mind that some chemicals are more dangerous to rub onto your skin than they are to eat. With that being true, why would you want to intentionally rub hundreds of man-made chemicals onto your head everyday?

Here is just a short list of the most common chemicals found in conventional shampoos:

      1. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
      2. Dioxane
      3. Diethanolamine (DEA)
      4. Parabens
      5. Propylene Glycol[footnote number=”30″ ]http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/29/do-you-know-whats-in-your-shampoo.aspx[/footnote]

A study back in 2008 showed that at the time 40% of all shampoo products that were currently shelved in stores had cancer linking chemicals.

This included normal shampoos and ‘organic’ ones as well.

With that being said, be sure to look for the label USDA organic or Oregon Tilth when purchasing a shampoo. Having USDA or Oregon Tilth ensures that the shampoo you are purchasing is genially organic.

If you can not find a shampoo that has either of those on the label, try to find one that has all natural ingredients.

While I love my hair smelling wonderfully from my shampoo; I’m not willing to risk my life or my child’s life because of a temporary clean feeling and a little fragrance.

Great Alternatives

Here are a few products you may be interested at looking at. All of these are sulfate-free!

Argan Oil Shampoo – No artificial fragrances, color, additives, or impurities, not animal testing, and no sulfates!

Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo – This contains 100% organic argan oil, plus a few more organic ingredients. Check it out!

Nature’s Gate Shampoo – This has a lot of herbal extracts in it, from yarrow, borage, lavender, rosemary, sage, nettle, wild cherry, and thyme

J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo – I’ve never seen bar shampoo before, have you? Not many ingredients to be found on this one!

 

 

Deodorant

Besides soap, there is no greater cosmetic than deodorant.

After all, deodorant is one of the basic things that keep us from smelling terrible. Well, bearable at least.

There really is no way to describe the amazing feeling you get when you are able to kill the stink of body odor with a refreshing scent of deodorant.

Deodorant vs Anti-perspirant

Most products on the market that are labeled as “deodorants” are also labeled as “anti-perspirants”. Products labeled “anti-perspirant” contain aluminum; products labeled only as “deodorant” typically do not.

Why anti-perspirants are dangerous

What most people don’t know and are completely unaware of are the unwanted dangers that come along with the anti-perspirants you use everyday.

Almost all major brands of anti-perspirants contain aluminum. For those that do not know, aluminum is a highly toxic substance. One that is commonly used in deodorants to kill microorganisms that can be found in the armpit.

Conventional deodorants & anti-perspirants can contain a number of other dangerous chemicals as well. Chemicals such as:

  1. Talc
  2. Triclosan
  3. Silica
  4. Phthalates
  5. Parabens

These can expose you to a number health related problems such as but not limited to;

  1. Risk of skin allergies
  2. Breast Cancer
  3. Alzheimer’s
  4. Renal Problems[footnote number=”31″ ]http://sunflower-press.com/aluminum-free-deodorants/[/footnote]

Everyone should learn the benefits of aluminum free deodorants. there are issues everyone should be aware of because it’s not just women that are prone to issues from it, everyone wears deodorant.

The benefits of natural deodorants

Using all natural deodorants have great benefits.

For example, natural deodorants actually gets rid of body odor. They do not just mask the smell like most conventional deodorants do.

Also, natural deodorants are easier to work with as they have no chemically formulated compounds.

Making natural deodorant not only a safer choice but a better choice as well. After all, nobody wants to smell you B.O.

Other chemicals with similar effects include:

  1. octyl-methoxycinnamate
  2. para-amino benzoic acid (PABA)
  3. 3-benzylidene camphor (3-BC)
  4. 3-(4-methyl-benzylidene) camphor (4-MBC)
  5. 2-ethylhexyl 4-methoxy cinnamate (OMC)
  6. homosalate (HMS)
  7. 2-ethylhexyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate (OD-PABA)

BHA & BHT  Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives, BHA and BHT are both synthetic antioxidants that are closely related.

These two antioxidants can cause allergic reactions and according to ‘animal testing’ a number of other problems as well. Including thyroid, kidney, and liver problems.

High amounts of BHT can also affect the reproduction of males. Not only are these two antioxidants dangerous to humans, but both are toxic to the aquatic organisms as well.

Coal Tar Dyes Coal tar is a mixture of a numerous amount of chemicals. These chemicals are derived from petroleum.

P-Phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CI”, followed by a five digit number – potentially contaminated with heavy metals and even some aluminum substrate.

Both of these ingredients are toxic when it comes to the brain.

P-phenylenediamine is used in many hair dyes and are limited to only hair dyes. The darker the hair dye, the higher amount of coal tar is in it.

The main concern of this chemical is the damage it can cause to the brain, and it’s potential link to tumors and cancer.

DEA-MEA-TEA Used in creamy & foaming products, these ethanolamine compounds are from a chemical ground that is made up of both amino acids and alcohols.

They are found in a majority of your everyday cosmetics.These chemicals can be found in soaps, foundations, eye shadows and even sunscreens.

DEA, also known as diethanolamine, is most commonly used as an emulsifier.

TEA, also known as triethanolamine, is most commonly used as a fragrance.

Each of the compounds can cause cancer, bioaccumulation, and even organ system toxicity. This can also be found on SafeCosmetics.

Dibutyl Phthalates Used mainly in nail polishes, dibutyl phthalates are the reason nail polishes do not brittle.

As they act as plasticizers. They are also a solvent for dyes and can be used as a fragrance as well. If it is used as a fragrance in a cosmetic product, there will be no way of knowing for sure.

Dibutyl phthalates are absorbed through the skin. While it may seem harmless as it is used in a number of cosmetic products, it has been linked to things such as reduced sperm count as well as impaired fertility in women.

There are also a number of other effects that are caused by this chemical. Things such as interference with hormone function, causing harm to unborn children in pregnant women, and liver and kidney failure in young children.

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives A common type of preservative that can be found in a number of cosmetics. DMDDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, imidazoliddinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15.

These slowly release formaldehyde, which causes cancer. This same product can be found in vinyl flooring and other plastics. It can be absorbed through skin and could off-gas and be inhaled.

Not only could it possibly cause cancer, but it has the potential to irritate both the eyes and skin, as well as trigger allergies.

PEG Also known as polyethylene glycols, this product is most commonly used as a laxative in medications.

It is petroleum based and used as a thickener in most cosmetics. It is also used as a solvent, softener, and even a moisturizer carrier.

This particular ingredient has been linked to nervous system damage in recent studies.

Petrolatum Often colorless or a pale yellow, petrolatum is used in most bath products.

It is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons. Because of its jelly-like texture, it is common in most skin care products.

It can also be found in makeup, shampoos, and even suntan cosmetics. Petrolatum is known for temporarily protecting the skin and in some cases, relieving the skin from minor pain due to sunburns.

It has been linked to organ system toxicity in recent studies and is associated with cancer.

Siloxanes A silicone-based compound. Siloxanes are used in cosmetics for one of the three (3) reasons; to soften, moisten, or to smooth the product. All of which make the cosmetic more desirable.

This component is toxic and has the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms. It has also been known to interfere with hormone functions in humans as well as impair human fertility.

Siloxanes in your everyday cosmetics can cause uterine tumors as well as harm your immune system. Siloxanes are the same compounds that can be found in implants such as breast implants.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate Also referred to as SLES; sodium Laureth sulfate is derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol.

It is used as a surfactant and is present in most lotions and creams. It is also present in products such as bubble bath, as it gives it the foaming and lathering properties.

Sodium laureth sulfate has been linked to cancer and nervous system damage. Although the main concerns are irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs. Organ system toxicity is also a possibility when it comes to this compound.

Talc A soft mineral also known as talcum, is composed of hydrous magnesium silicate.

Most often used as an absorbent and an anti-caking agent, talc can be one of the three (3) colors; white, gray or green.

It is also been known to be used to improve the feel of the product in which it is present. This product is common in face and body cosmetics, including powders.[footnote number=”41″ ]http://www.thefactsabout.co.uk/talc/content/8/h[/footnote]

Bismuth Oxychloride – Synthetically prepared; bismuth oxychloride is a white or nearly white crystalline powder.

It contains traces of heavy metal and is known for giving the silky feel effect in most makeup. It is used in nail products, fragrances (So if it is present in the cosmetic, there is a chance you will never know.) and in all makeup.

Bismuth oxychloride can be ingested and inhaled but is most known for being absorbed through the skin.

While supposedly ‘safe’ in small amounts, it can still cause nausea, headaches and diarrhea. A main downfall of this compound is it contributes to infertility and reduces the sperm count in men.[footnote number=”42″ ]http://www.annmariegianni.com/ingredient-watch-list-bismuth-oxychloride/[/footnote]

Hair Dyes

Did you know that one third of all women over the age of 18 years use some sort of hair dye?

Did you know that every time you dye your hair you are putting yourself at risk?

Did you know that cancer is one of those risk?[footnote number=”43″ ]http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/hair-dyes[/footnote]

The downside of hair dye

The average bottle of hair dye includes thousands of chemicals. A little over 5,000 to be more accurate.

These chemicals are linked to all types of cancer. Including leukemia and bladder cancer.

Chemicals such as p-phenylenediamines, p-aminohenols, m-hydroxyphenols, and m-aminphenols.

All of which are not only being rubbed on your scalp but also being breathed in.[footnote number=”44″ ]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17661215[/footnote]

The alternative

Of course the best alternative to hair dye and all the dangers that come along with it is to not dye your hair at all.

While this may be the safer choice we know that it is not one that most will make.

With that being said, there are all natural hair dyes available. Ones that do not contain all the dangerous chemicals that conventional hair dyes have.

Ones that are made with herbs and plant extracts and contain no toxins. You can find most of these alternative hair dyes online.

Creams

When it comes to creams, my grandmother is the worst. She uses them every morning when she wakes up and every night before she goes to bed.

I honestly do not believe there was ever a day she did not use a facial cream. Not in my lifetime at least.

But what my grandmother is not aware of is the dangers that come along with her using her famous ‘anti-wrinkle’ cream.

The truth about creams

What most people do not know about the creams that they use every day, is the dangers that come along with it.

For example, most of these anti-aging creams are linked to cancer. Increasing cancer in all women and men that use them.

Most creams work by striping away the top layer of your skin leaving you vulnerable to skin damage cause by the sun.[footnote number=”45″ ]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/6270945/Anti-ageing-creams-increase-cancer-risk.html[/footnote]

The alternative

By now you should know that the best alternative to any cosmetic is an all natural one.

This is true for creams as well.

While the creams may seem to have great properties (anti-aging for example) they are not always what they seem.

The best way to make sure you are getting the best product all around is to ensure that you are using all natural ingredients, such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, etc.

You can find a number of all natural facial creams online for a great price.

Easier On Your Skin

Natural cosmetics are easier on your skin than petroleum-based cosmetics. This is especially true for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Natural cosmetics are also better for your health.

As most natural cosmetics contains ingredients that are non-toxic and are rich in vitamins.(Vitamins such as; A, B, C and E.) Conventional cosmetics tends to break people out in pimples and sometimes cause eczema.

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