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The “UGLY” side of Beauty...

Posted by in Cosmetic Ingredients on February 12, 2014 . .

I cannot stop wondering how many people do and or don’t read the labels of their daily essentials, the stuff they are in contact with before they are even fully awake... soap, shampoo, conditioners, tooth paste, toners, face cream, serums, lotions etc...  I for one cannot use anything before I dissect the label, and even after that I still wonder if there are any hidden ingredients. I took a walk through Shoppers Drug Mart today, I couldn’t believe the amount of people just grabbing the national brands Oil of Olay, Dove, Crest or my all time favourite (NOT) Johnson and Johnson. I cant understand how they don’t even flinch. Are they not aware that their skin is their largest organ and that what we put onto it can get directly into our blood stream?

 
Women of North America come into contact with over 10,000 chemicals just within their morning routine. Never mind what they will come into contact with during their morning run through Starbucks (but that’s a whole other blog)
 
With little or no testing, cosmetics companies can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks.
Some of the most common chemicals used are
 
Parabens (Propyl, Methyl, Butyl or Ethyl) – This preservative is used in 99% of commercial skin & hair products. In combination with their efficacy as a preservative & low cost, parabens are very commonplace. However, they have been found to mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast & testicular cancer. Unfortunately, there are no restrictions on the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada, whereas the European Union restricts concentration on these dangerous preservatives.
 
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40) - Isopropyl Alcohol is extremely drying & irritating to the skin. It will strip your skin’s natural immune barrier, making us more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds, viruses & other harmful chemicals. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative. 
 
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - This harsh detergent is found in car washes, engine degreasers, & garage floor cleaners as well as in over 90% of personal care products. It is used for its foaming action. SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier & easily penetrates the skin allowing other chemicals to easily penetrate the skin as well. When combined with other chemicals, SLS can be transformed into “nitrosamines”, a potent class of carcinogens.
 
Triethanolamine (TEA) - Over 40% of cosmetics contain one of these 3 chemicals. When they are combined with other chemicals, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, they form cancer causing nitrates & nitrosamines. They are hormone-disrupting chemicals. These chemicals are restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. There have been reports that repeated skin applications of DEA can result in a major increase of getting Liver or Kidney Cancer.
 
Propylene Glycol - The PG used by the cosmetics industry is also used by the automotive industry in the manufacture of anti-freeze & automotive brake fluid. In 1992, the FDA proposed a ban on propylene glycol, however there is not a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than in most industrial applications.
 
Mineral Oil - Derived from petroleum & coal, mineral oil coats the skin like plastic, clogging pores & decreasing the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. These toxins accumulate & can cause acne & other disorders of the skin. 
 
Synthetic Colors - Synthetic colours are made from coal tar to make personal care products look “pretty”. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C followed by a colour & a number. For example, D&C Red 33 or FD&C Yellow 5.
 
If you are new to all this Natural and Alternative stuff, print this article off and stick it in your purse, and bring it with you to the drug store, then start reading your labels... Then when your really sick of the long hard words your not sure your saying correctly, or your confused with the series of numbers you find on the ingredient list,  pick up you phone and call me because I will be more than happy to send you the list of ingredients we use in our Products, Or send you a free sample, just for reading this post! Remember Pure Daily Essentials is on your side!!!
 
Angela
Pure Daily Essentials
 
 
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