Toxins in Your Cosmetics

Toxins…Toxins…Toxins…

TOXINS IN OUR COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID

Toxins are absorbed by the skin by approximately 80%.  This may be from the cosmetics you wear, the lotion you apply to your body, to the hair spray that keeps our locks in place. 

Mineral cosmetics offer natural UV Protection. They are vegan, hypoallergenic, gluten , paraben and talc free, no artificial colors or fragrances.  No animals are used for testing and no toxic dyes.

Toxins are linked to Cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Sunrise Wellness Spa is VERY PROUD to carry the EMINENCE Skin Care and SST Cosmetics TOXIN FREE

Toxin list:

Parabens are used as preservatives. It controls the bacterial and fungal issues.  It can be found in shampoo, makeup, shaving gel, moisturizers, tooth paste, lubricants and in our food.  Parabens have been linked to breast cancer because it acts like estrogen and can help breast cancer cells grow.  Other words to look out for on labels are any word that ends in PARABEN such as ethylparaben.

Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate  is a foaming agent or surfactant.  It can be in bubble bath, lotions or creams used for cleaning.  It may cause cancer, skin and eye irritation.

Sulfates  are used in cosmetics and personal care products.  Check label if your allergic.

Propylene Glycol It is usually in bath products, hair care products, and personal care products.  Low doses is acceptable but high doses can damage your health.  Some may be allergic to it and cause inflamed skin.

1,4-Dioxane is a colorless liquid that produces suds in bubble bath, shampoo, or dish soap to name a few.  It has been banned in some parts of the world because of its possible carcinogenic and cancer causing properties.

Aluminum is in nearly every product on earth.  Food is packaged in in, it’s in our computers, our utensils, to aluminum foil in the kitchen.  In cosmetics it is in deodorant and antiperspirants know as Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum Hydroxide. Also used in some medicines and medical devices.  When in high doses the elements can penetrate the body and block sweat glands which can cause itching, dermatitis or acne.

Phthalates is in body wash, hair care products, colored cosmetics, fragranced lotions. vinyl flooring,  detergents and toys to name a few.  It has been linked to cancer.  The European Union has banned this chemical from its use in cosmetics.

Synthetic Colors  are used in hair dyes, makeup, and lipstick.  A known carcinogen is coal tar which most synthetic colors are made from.  If buying synthetic colors avoid if you can names like urea, diazolidinyl, petrolatum, propylene glycol, paraben and sulfate.  Numbered colors fall into the same category.

Benzalkonium Chloride is an organic salt used in fabric softener and laundry detergent.  In cosmetics it is used in defoliants, anti acne products, anti microbials and emulsifiers.  Shampoo, hand sanitizes, deodorant may also contain it.  It can cause extreme skin irritation and ocular toxicity.  If you are allergic to the chemical it can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.   Could cause impaired vision with long term usage.

Butylated Compounds (BHT, BHA) are preservatives.  They are used in food and cosmetics.  It is found in deodorants, lipsticks, sunscreen and perfume.   Health problems such as organ toxicity and endocrine disruption.   It has been linked to cancer by many health organizations.

Coal Tar is a by-product in a destructive distillation of bituminous coal.  It is in hair dye, soap, dandruff shampoo and some lotions.  Sometimes it is labelled under the name polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, impervotar, estar, benzin B70, KC261.  It has been linked to cancer and organ toxicity. 

Ethanolamine Compounds smells like ammonia.  It is found in hair conditioner, shampoo soap, waxes, mascara, sunscreen, eye shadow, eyeliners and perfumes.  Other names it goes by are monoethanolamine and 2-aminoethanol.  If label checking look for triethanolmine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, DEA-cytel phosphate, lauramide DEA, myristamide DEA, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, and oleamide DEA.  It has been labelled a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

Formaldehyde is used in preventing mold from growing in water based products and spoiling them.  It can be in shampoo, baby soaps, nail polish, nail glue, hair gel and body wash.  It is a colorless gas and strong smelling.  It is also used in building materials.  It is absorbed through the skin and has been linked to several cases of cancer and skin allergies.  Formaldehyde releasers are used as antimicrobial preservatives to extend shelf life. 

Fragrance Chemicals are in perfumes and colognes.  These are usually sprayed on the skin so it is the easiest way for carcinogenic substances to enter the skin. 

Gluten is usually found in grain like wheat, rye, barley or oats. Some people have allergies to it, if so a person may experience diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomach pain, anemia or being extremely tired.  Just because a product is labelled Gluten Free it still may contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein or wheat protein, avena sativa, wheat germ and triticum aestivum.  Don’t be fooled by these names.

Lead is natural to the earth and is in plants soil, water and air.  If exposed for long periods of time it can be harmful to the body.  It may cause certain types of cancer, bone and joint pain, low sperm count, bone marrow damage, kidney damage, different digestive issues to name a few.  It is found in lipstick and makeup.  It can be fatal if used for long periods of time.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) its also called polyoxethylene or polyethylene oxide.  It is found in skin creams, toothpaste or lubricates for personal use and some food.  Some people may be allergic to it. 

Siloxanes  is made from silicon and oxygen and is also called cyclomethicones.  It can be found in  hair products,  antiperspirant, sunscreen, lotions, moisturizers and personal care products.  It is safe in very small doses but could be fatal in large doses.

Sunscreen Chemicals    avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, octisalate, homosalate, and octinozate are in sunscreens.  They reflect the sun’s ultra-violet radiation.  Prolonged usage may be toxic.  Oxybenzone may cause endometriosis in women and a lower sperm count in women.  Using a mineral sunscreen is always best because they contain zinc oxide which creates a barrier between the skin and the sun.

Synthetic Polymers    have thickening and emulsifying properties and are used in cosmetics and personal care products.  They are made in the body naturally but are now made by scientists.  Teflon, polyester, epoxy and polyethylene are synthetic and made from petroleum oil.  Plastic is derived from it. Carbomer and sodium polyacrylate are most common.  They may not be toxic but if they are contaminated by processing they could be toxic.

Toluene  is found in nail polish and hair dyes and is toxic.  It can cause headaches, dizziness and cracked skin if there is direct exposure.  Toluene can cause respiratory complications and reproductive damage if exposed to long periods.  Hair dressers are asked to wear masks when using these products to lower their risk. 

Triclosan  is antifungal and antibacterial which slows bacteria growth .  It is found in shaving cream toothpaste, deodorants, color cosmetics, liquid soap, and whitening products.  There was no evidence found by the Food and Drug Administration that soap with triclosan was better and more effective than plain soap and water.  There has been allergic reactions, disruption to the immune system and hormone disruptor have been reported.