Toxic Beauty Part two: Stay beautiful by avoiding these toxic chemicals
I know you are feeling overwhelmed with the chemicals in your beauty products…
I get it, I’ve been there..
Words like Cancer, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption, neuro toxicity. This is pretty major stuff. It’s natural for you to feel overwhelmed it’s a friggin minefield of toxic chemicals out there and the fact you are reading this blog shows that you are wanting and willing to take your health into your own hands. You are taking the time to research the chemicals you need to avoid for yourself and your future children. Seriously give yourself a massive high five, you have just taken a huge step in your toxic-free living journey.
What blows me away is the fact that researchers have found 300 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of new born babies.
That means hundreds of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides are pumped back and forth from mother to foetus via the umbilical cord blood.
We can reduce our exposure (and the potential exposure to our unborn babies) to toxic chemicals by choosing what we use in our homes and on our skin. There are so many natural alternatives out there that are completely toxic-free, safe to use and I personally believe work better than the chemical laden stuff.
Toxic-free beauty part 1 is a great place to start if you are new to checking the labels of your skin care products. But if you have got those down, keep reading for more toxic chemicals to watch out for.
I have listed 6 more toxic chemicals below that you can add to the list to avoid.
1. Butylated Compounds:
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are derived from petroleum. They are used as an antioxidant and masking agent. BHA is banned in cosmetic ingredients in the EU.
What to look for on the label: BHA, BHT
Found in: BHA-Lipstick, Lip gloss, Lip liner, moisturiser, eye shadow, foods. BHT- Eye liner, Moisturiser, sunscreen, perfume, concealer, lipstick, foundation, foods, pharmaceuticals.
Why is it Harmful? May cause cancer; interfere with hormone function, Toxic to wildlife and the environment.
2. Ethanolamine compounds (DEA MEA TEA)
Derived from Petroleum. Used as a buffering agent.
What to look for on the label: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate
Found in: Liquid hand soap, sunscreen, moisturiser, household liquid detergents
Why is it harmful? can cause organ toxicity, irritant, suspected to cause cancer.
3. Coal Tar (p-Pphenylenediamine)
Derived from burning coal, Coal Tar is a thick brown/black material or liquid.
What to look for on the label: p-Pphenylenediamine, Coal tar solution, tar, coal, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, coal tar solution USP, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, KC 261, lavatar, picis carbonis, naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate, benzin B70, petroleum benzin
Found in: Hair colour and bleach, shampoos, Black henna, tattoo inks and printing industry.
Why is it harmful? Potential to cause cancer, neuro toxicity, organ toxicity, toxic to the environment and wildlife, also can be contaminated with heavy metals.
4. Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde releasing preservatives.
May be derived from petroleum. Banned from use in cosmetics and toiletries is Japan and Sweden. It is restricted in personal care products in the EU, also restricted for use in cosmetics in Canada. Used as a preservative.
What to look for on the label: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol)
Found in: Nail polish, nail treatment, house hold cleaners, floor polish
Why is it harmful: Causes cancer, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin irritation.
Derived from petroleum, used as an antioxidant and solvent. Restricted in cosmetics in the EU; found unsafe for use in cosmetics by the International Fragrance Association Codes and Standards.
What to look for on the Label: Toluene
Found in: Nail polish and nail polish remover, nail treatment and hair dyes.
Why is it harmful? Organ toxicity, environmental and wildlife toxicity, skin irritation.
6. 1,4 Dioxane:
Derived from Petroleum. Banned in cosmetics in Canada. Contaminates up to 46% of personal care products (EWG). Used as a solvent.
What to look for on the label: Sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth. May be in ingredients with PEG, eth, Polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene or oxynol in their name.
Found in: May be in any product containing ethoxylated ingredients, including baby products. shampoo, liquid soap, baby products, dishwashing liquid.
Why is it harmful: recognised carcinogen, can penetrate the human skin, organ toxicity, irritation.
So what should you do now?
1.Read the labels on your products.
2. Change one item at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed and throw it into the too hard basket.
3. Start making your own products with natural non-toxic ingredients, or if that seems like too much of a big step right now buy some non-toxic products.
4. Keep learning… The more you start learning about how toxic your beauty products are the more you are going to want to learn. Keep learning and researching until you feel comfortable with your beauty routine.
5. Go easy on yourself and have fun while you do it. Remember transitioning to a toxic-free lifestyle is a journey not a race.
6. Save this image to your phone or computer so you can check out what chemicals to avoid on the go.
If you want to join a group of ladies that are transitioning into a toxic-free lifestyle then head over to the group Women who love toxic free and healthy living. Its a great space for you to chat, ask questions and get to know some other cool peeps that are on this journey too.
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