What are those foreign ingredients in your bathroom?
By Spa Diva on July 09, 2006
Ever feel overwhelmed by the packaging on your skin care, hygiene and hair products? Reading the ingredients feels as if youâ€™re reading some foreign language. Youâ€™d probably rather watch George Bush do a strip tease down to his red, white and blue sequin speedos to â€œYankee Doodleâ€? than try to mutter out the chemicals on the back of that moisturizer. Youâ€™d probably get busted for blurting dirty words!
Irregardless of how you pronounce it, many of these ingredients are not safe.
Products that are labeled â€œorganicâ€? or â€œall naturalâ€? are in fact mislabeled. Just because someone throws grapefruit or aloe extract into a bottle, they can label it organic or natural because the ingredient was actually derived from plant or seed.
I was very disappointed in what I found when I went out in search of a few â€œall naturalâ€? products. I visited several homeopathic pharmacies and apothecaries only to find myself wanting to stand in the middle of the isle with a megaphone and tell everyone the truth.
â€œLies! Lies! They are all Lies!â€? Many of these so called all natural products contain several toxic, synthetic and carcinogenic ingredients. Many of these ingredients have been and are being tested for cause of birth defects and many types of cancers.
It amazes me what the FDA approves as â€œsafe.â€?
Before I went shopping, I took a list of ingredients to avoid that I compiled from a few different websites and books. Here is the list with a brief description of the ingredient:
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea
Commonly used preservatives. Causes severe eye and skin irritation and is listed in Environmental Working Groupâ€™s list of toxic ingredients with links to cancer and other significant health problems.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Myreth Sulfate. Other names are listed on the links below. Manufacturers use this ingredient to give their product the ability to foam. It does absorb into the skin, causing irritation and rashes. It strips the skinâ€™s natural moisture, leaving it vulnerable to infections. Donâ€™t let them fool you when they mention that itâ€™s derived from coconut. It is, itâ€™s just been altered! This chemical is commonly contaminated by dioxane, a known carcinogen.
Otherwise known as Liquidum paraffinum, Paraffin oil,Paraffin wax, Petrolatum
This interferes with the bodyâ€™s ability to eliminate toxins. It has been linked to many cancerâ€™s such as breast cancer.
FD&C Colour Pigments
Derived from coal tar and are cancer causing ingredients. Why does the manufacturer think itâ€™s necessary to have fd&c pigments in their products? To make them look pretty of course! So watch those labels on your next visit to Bath and Body Works!
Problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation by a cosmetic that has the word "Fragrance" on the ingredients label.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Paraben
A preservative and inhibitor of microbial growth. Known to cause allergic reactions and rashes. Have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen and oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoetha-nolamine),
DEA and MEA are usually listed on the label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized, so look for names like â€˜Cocamide DEAâ€™ or MEA, â€˜Lauramide DEAâ€™, etc. These are hormone-disrupting chemicals known to form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. They are almost always in products that foam, including bubble bath, body washes, shampoos, soaps, and facial cleansers.
Sadly, itâ€™s no different when you purchase skin care from a spa or high end department store. In fact, itâ€™s much worse. These products are loaded with synthetic fragrances and ingredients to create that sensational scent and luxurious cream with a costly price tag, that will only harm your skin in the long run.
Take a look at what you currently have in your bathroom and compare your ingredients to this helpful link. Itâ€™s scary what youâ€™ll find.
Here are a list of products from the Environmental Working Group's Website site which lists many products found over the counter and in places such as high end department stores, skin care spas and may already be in your bathroom!
So, before you commit to purchasing any skin care, tooth paste, shampoo, soap or hand wash, take a look at this list and bring a copy of it with you when you do your shopping. Donâ€™t get trapped into sales pitches about these so called â€œall naturalâ€? products. After all, not only is your skin worth it, your health is worth it too!