Choosing Healthy Beauty Products


| 9/21/2015 12:17:00 PM


We all like to look good, and companies all over the world are cashing in by selling us cosmetics. Unfortunately, a lot of these products are quietly harming our health. Parabens, phthalates and fragrances are just a few of the dangerous ingredients lurking in your daily beauty routine. Rather than sacrificing your rosy cheeks and flawless complexion, look for alternatives to the big-name commercial products for a solution.

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Ingredient Watch

The Environmental Working Group states that the average woman uses 12 products, containing 168 ingredients, daily. Skin is our largest organ and it’s a perfect entry point for many of these substances to enter our bodies.

BHA can cause abnormal hormone levels, cancer and reproductive issues, yet it’s found in a number of beauty products in the United States.
Boric acid and sodium borate are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and can cause big problems for men’s reproductive systems.
Formaldehyde not only is carcinogenic, but it is toxic to the brain and lungs. It is used in cosmetics as a preservative, but its use is diminishing.
Fragrance is a very widely used substance composed of chemicals. They can be loaded with EDCs and allergens.
Nanoparticles are found in some powders. Unfortunately, this won’t be listed on the label. Nanoparticles easily penetrate skin and enter your body.
Oxybenzone can cause allergic symptoms and may interfere with hormones. It is used as a sunscreen.
Parabens are used as cosmetic preservatives and can likely cause reproductive and endocrine issues.
1,4-dioxane is thought to be carcinogenic and still resides in cosmetics.
Petroleum distillates are found in mascara and may cause cancer.
Phthalates harm the reproductive system and often are in fragrances.
Retinol can break down into free radicals when exposed to the sun. Free radicals damage DNA and encourage cancer growth.

The Environmental Working Group also mentions the following ingredients as ones to avoid: Animal based ingredients, triclosan, toluene, rescorcinol, methylisothiazolinone, lead, hydroquinone, and coal tar ingredients.



Okay, there is your scientific overload for the day. Keep a close eye out for these substances. Even if a product claims to be “natural,” it often contains some ingredients that can be harmful to your body. Take the extra time to research products before you head for the store.



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