Toxins to Avoid
By: Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
Chemicals in our cosmetics and household cleaning products are some of the most toxic and harmful to the body! I want to share some information with you that may help you to live a more healthy and chemical-free lifestyle.
Say you are shopping and see a cute cosmetic, or a cleaner, that makes claims and promises. You assume it’s safe for use because it’s sold at the store. Most of us assume items on the store shelf have been tested and are safe for use, but that is simply not true!
For instance, just because a product makes claims and promises doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden dangers or risks. So many of these products contain chemicals that cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, headaches, asthma, endocrine disruption, thyroid issues, kidney problems, liver problems, tumors, and/or cancer.
You may be thinking, “But there’s such a small amount of chemicals in these products, does it really matter?” or “I’ve been using them for years and I’m fine.”
The EPA has stated that small amounts of chemicals are not harmful to the body, but what happens when a small amount of chemicals are found in every single product you use and you use these products every single day, every week, every month for the rest your life?
A small amount of chemicals in your personal care products, hair products, detergents, and cleaning products can add up and this can put a significant burden on your body.
•Some chemicals accumulate in our bodies over time
•Impacts may show up long after exposure
•Some chemicals can become harmful or more toxic in combination with other chemicals
•Chemicals can have more impact during certain periods of development (womb, infancy, puberty)
•Even tiny doses can be very potent
Become aware. Read labels. Educate yourself. Take control of the products you purchase and have in your home.
Have you heard of ‘The Dirty Dozen’? ‘The Dirty Dozen’ is a list of twelve ingredients you might choose to avoid.
1. BHA and BHT is an Endocrine disruptor and carcinogen and is used mainly in cosmetics as preservatives.
2. Coal tar dyes are carcinogens and have a heavy metal toxicity; they are commonly found in processed foods, lipstick, hair dyes.
3. DEA-related ingredients are also carcinogens; they are found in creamy or foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos.
4. Dibutyl phthalates are Endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive toxicant; they are commonly used in nail care products.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are a carcinogen; they are used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives.
6. Parabens are Endocrine disruptors and they may interfere with male reproduction; they are used in cosmetics as preservatives.
7. Parfum/Fragrance are carcinogens, and can cause neurotoxicity, allergies and skin sensitivities; they are used in variety of cosmetics to add aroma. Companies do not have to disclose the ingredients due to “trade secret”.
8. PEG compounds: can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which may be a carcinogen; this ingredient is commonly used as the base for cosmetic creams.
9. Petrolatum is also carcinogen; it is used in hair products for shine, and as the moisture barrier in lip balms/sticks.
10. Siloxanes are also Endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive toxicant; they are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth & moisten.
11. Sodium laureth sulfates are carcinogens; they are used in foaming cosmetics, shampoos, cleansers, and bubble bath.
12. Triclosans are also Endocrine disruptors, and can cause antibiotic resistance; they are found in toothpastes, cleansers, and antiperspirants.
Following is a list of websites you may wish to visit to learn more: