Do Your Body Care Products Contain Harmful Ingredients?

Do Your Body Care Products Contain Harmful Ingredients?

More than ever, you need to know what kind of chemicals are going into your body. Your skin is the most vulnerable. Unlike your digestive system, your skin has no filter to break down harmful chemicals before they’re absorbed into your bloodstream. You might use body products like oils and lotions – they help keep your skin smooth and smelling fresh. But there are a lot of questionable ingredients in these products that have proven to be harmful. At best, these ingredients are skin irritants, and at worst, they might be cancerous. So it’s important that you ask yourself:

Do your body care products contain any of these harmful ingredients?

1) Parabens

Usually identified as ethylparaben, methylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben, or butylparaben on the labels of moisturizers, sunscreens, and cosmetics. These chemicals act as preservatives that protect against fungus and bacteria forming inside the product’s bottle. However, parabens are also linked to reproductive problems, hormone irregularities, and breast cancer. Pregnant and/or nursing women should watch out for these.

2) Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

Also known as SLS, this detergent exists in nearly 90% of body care products, including shampoos and facial cleansers. Its primary function is creating foam. Tests consistently prove that SLS causes permanent eye damage, labored breathing, and decreased immunity. If combined with any nitrogen-based ingredients, it transforms into a severe type of cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines.

3) Petroleum

Petroleum-based oils and creams such as petroleum jelly are partly responsible for increased cancer rates today. Their intended purpose is to keep these oils and creams wet and soluble to your skin. The unintended side-effects, however, range from anemia and kidney failure to permanent nerve damage and – you guessed it – cancer. Look for petrochemicals on your products’ labels under FD & C Blue No. 1, Behentrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydrosypropyltrimonium Chloride, and Linoleamidepropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate.

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4) Phthalates

Also known as simply “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label. This one word can represent up to 100 different individual chemicals. Phthalates are known hormone disruptors and mild toxins. Synthetic fragrances that include phthalates also aggravate respiratory allergies and lead to asthma. The EPA classifies one form called Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP, also butyl ester) as a “probable human carcinogen,” or cancer-causing chemical.

5) Triclosan

Triclosan is a registered pesticide with the FDA often found in “antibacterial” products. Like many other chemicals on this list, it’s proven to inhibit normal hormone regulation. Evidence also links triclosan to the development of allergies, weight gain, pregnancy complications, and thyroid inflammation.

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