Starbuck's recent announcement that the red dye in their Strawberry Frappuccino is actually made out of crushed insects is enough to make one think about the various products consumed on a daily basis. What exactly is in everything that I use? Are these products good for me? Just as what you eat is detrimental to your well-being, so are the beauty products that you put on your skin. Considering that it takes any substance 26 seconds from the time it touches your skin until it can be traced throughout your bloodstream, here are some products that Luminere recommends you try to steer clear of.
A golden oldie in toxic beauty circles, these substances have a
chemical structure surprisingly like estrogen’s. The EPA itself admits that all
parabens have endocrine-disrupting effects. Meaning the body thinks you have
extra estrogen – weight gain, depression, even cancer and birth abnormalities
Glycol (and Other Glycols)
These cosmetic forms of mineral oil are found in many skin and
hair products. As well as anti-freeze, fabric softener, wallpaper stripper,
sealant and paint. Often warned as a skin irritant, this petrochemical is as
unnecessary as it is ubiquitous.
Minerals in skin care (and makeup) are just as unregulated as
the rest of the industry. Before they go into products, they through major
chemical processes that make “natural” claims dubious, and can include
potentially irritating, toxic minerals such as talc and beyond.
In addition, nano-particles have created concerns about
penetrating beyond the skin to issues, organs (brain included) and perhaps the
The dirty secret of cleansers, this pesticide—yes, that’s
right—is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. EPA. It
bioaccumulates in fatty tissues and is often found in breast milk and blood.
It’s also linked to hormone-disruption, developmental defects, and liver
toxicity. Heavy use has resulted in drug-resistant rogue bacteria.
Frequently found in baby and children’s shampoo and bubble bath,
this is used in embalming fluid, fumigants and auto coolants. Don’t check the
label – it’s rarely listed.
Petrolatum, mineral oil, petroleum jelly – it goes by many names
but these crude oil derivatives not only interrupt the skin’s own moisturizing
powers, they can cause breakouts, cell sluggishness and great sun
susceptibility. Petrochemicals are also a hotbed for contamination and are of
course, extremely not sustainable. However, they are cheap.
Pesticides kill living things. It’s what they do. You’re a
In 2002, three-quarters of
the 72 products tested by the Environmental
Working Group contained phthalates, chemicals linked to birth
defects, feminization of infant boys, liver and kidney damage, and infertility.
These chemicals are what make plastics soft and pliable, in
everything from bottles to vinyl belts. And they are everywhere—including your
hair products. They are what keeps perfumes from escaping and helps
conventionally made products smooth, straighten or hold.
Likely the cause of the hermaphrodite fish, these endocrine
disruptors have serious effects on kids and pregnant women. These chemicals
have been definitively linked to effects from early puberty to feminizing boys.
They also create dioxins that contaminate the air, soil and water.
These detergents make foam foamy, suds sudsy, and the rest of
you a little too squeaky. Not only do these strip out your hair color, they
disrupt natural oils and can create irritation.
Silicone is technically a “natural” product derived from sand,
but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Regular use can lead to allergic reactions,
sensitivities and breakouts. It is non-digestible and non-recyclable, that
By law, “fragrance” is a trade secret that doesn’t need to be
revealed, creating a loophole big enough to hide 200 mystery ingredients,
usually synthetic or very occasionally animal. Headaches, dizziness, rash,
irritation and other chemical sensitivities can sometimes result.
via http://www.intelligentnutrients.com/ by Horst Rechelbacher
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