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Thursday, March 19, 2009
We have heard of the "dirty dozen" for the foods that we eat. Well, there is a also a dirty dozen for cosmetics/skincare. Here are the 12 ingredients that professionals say to avoid:
1.) Coal tar is know to be a human carcinogen. 2.) Diethanolamine (DEA) is a possible hormone disruptor. It can also show up as a contaminant in cocamide DEA. 3.) Antibacterials such as triclosan have been detected in breast milk and can prevent the body from fighting off salmonella and e. coli. 4.) 1,4-dioxane is a possible human carinogen. 5.) Sulfates - skin irritants in many skin and hair products (Scandle is free of sulfates) 6.) Parabens have estrogenic effects on the body. (Scandle is free of parabens) 7.) Formaldehyde has multiple health effects on the body and is extremely toxic. 8.) Petroleum is a possible human carcinogen (Scandle is free of petroleums) 9.) Fragrance is an endocrine disruptor. 10.) Lead and mercury are neurotoxic and brain damaging 11.) Nanoparticles may penetrate through the skin and cause brain damage. 12.) Hydroquinone may cause cancer in lab animals.
Do you know of any toxic stuff found in beauty products not listed here? Comment and let us know!:-)