Ingredients to Avoid:
When shopping for skin care, there are many harmful ingredients found in a number of conventional and even "so-called" natural products on the market. But as the customer, you have the power to choose the ingredients you want on your skin. Never use any product that uses any of the ingredients listed below:
If a product has sufates such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate or others definitely avoid it. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are anionic surfactants used in countless skin care preparations for their foaming capabilities. Anionic refers to the negative charge these surfactants have. These surfactants may be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are cancer-causing agents. They are also known irritants to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. These surfactants are commonly used in car washes and engine degreasers.
Parabens are a group of chemical preservatives that have been shown to disrupt normal hormone function. Parabens are estrogenic. In other words, they mimic the function of naturally occurring estrogen. A recent study published by the Journal of Applied Toxicology* has found parabens in breast cancer tissue, which has caused alarm about the use of parabens in cosmetics and skin care. On the label they might read as meythlparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben or propylparaben.
HARSH CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVES
Benzethonium chloride, BHA, BHT, diazolidinyl urea (which gives off formaldehyde), imidazolidinyl urea, and methylisothiazolinone, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexlglycerin. All of these are harsh, unnecessary and toxic preservatives.
Most of these are made from coal tar, which is known to cause cancer. Even though the FDA requires that these colors be limited to 20ppm of arsenic and lead isn’t any arsenic and lead too much? We certainly think so. Pass on that purple lotion that seems so cute. They will read on the label as D&C color, FD&C color, such as FD&C Yellow # 6 and so on.
This is nothing more than petroleum jelly. It’s all in the name. Petroleum! That belongs in your car not on your skin.
Silicone derived and skin occlusive. This blocks off the pores and doesn’t allow the skin to breathe and has been shown to accumulate in the liver.
Pthalates are estrogenic and can cause reproductive and
Ethanolamine (DEA or TEA)