Toxic Ingredients

Toxic Ingredients

What you put into your body is a hot topic right now in the political arena with propositions, like prop 37 in California, that are urging for labels to be part of food manufacturing.People want to know what they put in their bodies, but what about what you put on your body?

It is estimated that Americans, specifically women, use around 515 chemicals from their cosmetics every day. Yet, we have no idea what is in these products. Sure sometimes we might take our time to flip the bottle over and attempt to pronounce the ingredients list, but even if we do successfully pronounce it, what the heck is pentaerythrityl tetrastearate? Being uninformed can have dire consequences. Some of the ingredients found in many cosmetic products have been linked to birth defects, allergies, and even cancer. Some of the main igredients to look out for are:\

  • parabens
  • petroleum/mineral oils
  • formaldehyde
  • talc

    Products like these can contain toxic ingredients. (from left: Tresemme hairspray, Bath and Body Works shower gel, Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine shampoo)

  • pythalates
  • diethanolamine, triethanolamine, and monethanolamine
  • synthetic colors
  • phenylenediamine
  • fragrancesSome ingredients can be toxic for your body, and they could also be toxic for the environment as well! Ingredients such as hydroflourocarbon found in this hairspray are beginning to be linked to problems with greenhouse gases.

Fortunately, there are ways you can make sure you are using  the least harmful products. One option is to go natural and buy products whose ingredients you can read and understand. If that’s too drastic  you can do a little research before hand on the products you normally purchase and look for less harmful alternatives. Websites like Skin Deep  and Paula’s Choice rate your cosmetics and ingredients for you according to how bad they are for your body. There is also The Green Beauty Guide which list the top 100 ingredients you should avoid.   Beauty is pain, but it shouldn’t cost your health or your life. Be aware of whatyou put on your body and live a happier healthier life.


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