Did you know that we absorb 60 percent of what we put on our bodies through our skin, depending on pore size? On average we consume one to four lipsticks/lip-gloss products in our lifetime, so choose them carefully. In fact the average woman absorbs 30 pounds of ingredients contained in moisturizers over a 60 year period! All the more reason to be informed and know what you are putting onto your skin.
Let us know about some of your favorite natural products (Scandle included).;-)
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!:-)
Going "green" with cosmetics and body products is more than just switching to mineral makup. It's about being aware of the ingredients that are incorporated into the products' formulations. What is the packaging made of? How safe is the product? How will it affect the environment?
Be sure to read the labls and look for specific ingredients. Steer clar of parabens and fragrances. Try to avoid talc when possible, as it has been linked to lung damage and certain cancers. Try to find cosemtics that have fewer than 10 ingredients and understand what you are looking for in the ingredients. Invest in a cosmetics dictionary - it will be your best friend. Do not buy products that are tested on animals. Make sure that when you discard your old cosmetic you recycle any containers that you can.
The Scandle for instance does not test or use animals or animal by-products, has fewer than 10 ingredients (i.e. soy, shea, jojoba, vitamin E, & essential oils), is paraben free, and utilizes reusable canisters and packaging made from recyced materials.
In our next post we will feature the "dirty dozen" for cosmetics that professionals say to avoid.
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