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Toxic Personal Care Products: Are You Dying to be Beautiful?

Updated on April 16, 2019
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Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 6 I strive daily to achieve an optimum level of health and happiness. It is all about balance

There are a Lot of Products in Our Bath and Beauty Regime

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Being Approved for Use Does Not Necessarily Mean that it is Safe for Your Use

We read the ingredient list on the foods we eat but we should also be reading the ingredient list on the products that absorb through our skin as well. Most of us know that the chemicals in our household cleaners can be hazardous so we generally take precautions in their use but it is important to also note that the commercially prepared shampoo, soap, lotion, and conditioners we use to cleanse with could also be exposing us to an array of chemical toxins.

It doesn't stop there. The makeup, fragrance, and other cosmetic beauty products so many of us use on a daily basis can also contain these compounds and the combined toxic overload can become a deadly combination. Are you dying to be beautiful? What you don't know about the personal care products you use can hurt you.

There can be a toxic mix in the products you believe to be safe for your use. Questionable dyes, lead, BPA, hazardous chemicals, and even formaldehyde are found within many common cosmetic and beauty products. This daily influx of toxic substances into the body can be the reason for very serious health issues, chronic illness, or even cancer. It is important to know that the products you use on a daily basis are safe. Awareness is the key.

Knowing which cosmetic and personal care ingredients are designated as having questionable health implications may help to improve your health as well as that of your family. Even an unborn child is at risk as chemicals absorbed through the skin of a pregnant mom pass through to her fetus.

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These Ingredients Should Not be in Personal Care Products for Human Use

The Environmental Working Group has identified these ingredients as being potentially detrimental to human health. Before you buy, check out the ingredient list on your makeup, cosmetic, and personal care products to insure they do not contain these potentially dangerous items. These are the ingredients currently available for human use that experts want banned from personal care products:

BHABHTDEAMEATEAP-phenylenediamineDibutyl

phthalateDMDM

hydantoinDiazolidinyl

ureaImidazolidinyl

ureaMethenamineQuarternium-15ParabenPolyethylene

glycolColourings listed as CI and then followed by a five digit numberIngredients ending in siloxane ie: cyclotetrasiloxaneIngredients ending in methiconeSodium lauryl

sulfate & Sodium laureth sulfateTriclosanParfum or fragrance (This generic title can hide potentially dangerous chemicals within it.)

Unintentional Poisoning is a Consequence No One Wants to Face

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Legislation is Outdated

There are safety concerns and warnings associated with many of the common ingredients currently found in our beauty and personal care products. The sad truth on the matter of regulations involving make-up, cosmetics, lotions, shampoos and other personal use products is that legislation is outdated or may not even exist on some of these products.

Within the United States the last legislation passed on the safety of personal care cosmetic products was back in 1938 and this legislation granted the decision making on these products to be regulated by the cosmetic industry itself.

Now realizing that the safety of entire families is at risk due the harmful ingredients within these commonly used cosmetic products the US Congress has been working on new legislation which will repair the current gaps in the former legislation to hopefully increase consumer safety.

Within Canada many of the current makeup, cosmetics, and personal care products choices available to consumers contain ingredients which currently appear on ingredient lists as being harmful to human health.

Take a Quick Inventory of the Products You Use

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Talc as in Baby Powder?

I picked up the paper one day to discover that a large corporation was being sued for its use of talc in baby products. I was shocked when I read that talc may cause some forms of lung and breast cancer.

It has been used for many years as a common ingredient of women's dusting and facial powders. Traditionally it has also been used on the bottoms of babies to keep their skin soft and dry. It is only recently that the debate on its use has come to light. This powder could be hurting the most vulnerable members of the family. Keep talc off your purchase list and switch to healthier options instead.

Be Naturally Beautiful - Choose Your Products Wisely

Sunscreen, mosquito deterrent, hair dye, shampoo, and hand lotion, each of these items have one thing in common they can all contain chemicals which may be harmful when applied to your skin.

It is why going natural can feel so good. Personal care products really can be kind to your skin and when you choose the ingredients before you purchase then you know that these items will be safe for you and your family to use.

Being beautiful should not have to hurt when there are healthier ways to be beautiful. Read the ingredient list on every item you purchase.

Use natural personal care products whenever possible because what you apply to your skin does absorb into the body. We do have healthier options.

Cocoa and Shea butter lotions are a more natural alternative. Shea butter is rich in antioxidants. A natural anti-inflammatory it contains nutrients which are absorbed through the skin to make you healthier. Note: All Shea butters are not equal. Grade A Shea butter has been tested to insure it's safety and nutrient quality.

Cocoa butter much like natural Shea butter will allow your skin to absorb the nutrients within it. Organic natural cocoa butter is one of the healthier options in hand and body skin lotion products.

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Looking for Natural - Take a Peek in Your Kitchen

Green tea: Has antibacterial properties. Can be used for cleansing, soaking, rinsing, or gargling.

Olive Oil: Soothing to use as hand cream or hair conditioner. Great for removing make-up or moisturizing hair.

Coconut Oil: For softening hand or as a hair conditioner this oil is being touted as a sensational natural beauty product.

Lemon: Will lighten hair color when left on the hair.

Vinegar: Hair rinse to remove greasy buildup.

Baking soda: Natural toothpaste or bath tub soak. Baking soda can also be used for cleaning jobs in the home.

Oatmeal: For washing, soaking.

Cucumber slices: Lay on tired eyes to help reduce swelling and dark circles.

There are many more uses for these and many other naturally safe personal care products that you will find in your kitchen.

There are Many Natural Beauty Products

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Shea Butter is One of My Favorite Natural Care Products

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It's a Simple Thing but it Can Make a Huge Difference to Your Health

You generally read the list of ingredients on the packages of food products so take a minute before you purchase any product to read the list of ingredients on it. Your skin absorbs the ingredients that lotions, shampoos, makeup, perfumes, cosmetics, and other personal care products contain within them so insure that these ingredients are safe to be in your body.

And don't always presume that herbal or natural tags are safe. Many essential oils can be harmful to pets or younger members of the family. Scents can be especially prone to sensitivity in some individuals. Almost any product used in excess can cause health issues.

For the safety of your family make wise choices in the beauty and personal care products which you select for your family's personal use.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Lorelei Cohen

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    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      18 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      These are important considerations in light of discoveries made about toxic ingredients and even their containers that may cause us harm. As a licensed cosmetologist I often referred to a guidebook about the components of shampoo and advised clients not to use certain products that contained paraffin wax and other harmful ingredients. You're right to suggest that we examine all of our beauty products to be sure they are safe before using them.

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