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Harmful chemicals in cosmetics could be damaging your health & skin

February 24, 2014 by Works with Water

Some of the ingredients in beauty products aren’t that pretty. Do you know how many chemicals and toxic substances you put on your skin especially on your face in the name of make-up and skincare cosmetics? Things that you think are helping you look beautiful can in fact ruin your health and skin.

In fact, 60% of the products that you put on your skin get absorbed and go into your body. Some of them stay near the surface, while others get absorbed into your blood stream and travel throughout your whole system, affecting your health and sense of well-being. Know the facts…

Check out this list of Harmful Chemicals in Cosmetics:

Phthalates: Phthalates are a group of hormone disrupting chemicals that are found in personal care products like moisturisers and shampoos. They may lead to early puberty in girls and there is also a risk factor for later-life breast cancer. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. Often, their presence is not noted on labels. Phthalates can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled.

It’s important to note that phthalates are also found in flooring, shower curtains, food packaging, and many other staples of modern life. But using phthalate-free cosmetics and skin-care products can reduce your overall exposure.

Parabens: Parabens are a group of compounds used to prevent fungus, bacteria and other cultures from forming in cosmetics and skincare products. They are absorbed through the skin and may cause breast cancer. They are likely to irritate skin, eyes and lungs. Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin ageing and DNA damage.

Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA): It is a common ingredient in sunscreens. It has been linked with cancer, skin irritation and rashes. The chemical also damages the liver and deepens the skin pigmentation.

Mineral oil: Mineral oil coats the skin like a plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural ability to breathe and absorb the ‘natural moisture factor’. This causes burning, stinging, redness and irritation. The lack of moisture also leads to premature ageing of skin age.

Imidazolidinyl Urea: According to the EU, imidazolidinyl urea is one of several “formaldehyde releasers”, which have been shown to induce dermatitis from short-term use. Diazolidinyl Urea is also found in shampoo, moisturisers but the most worrying is its use in acne treatments!

BHA: BHA can increase sensitivity to the sun’s damaging rays. According to the National Toxicology Program from the Department of Health and Human Services, BHA is “reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen” but only when in high concentrations — most makeup does not include enough to be dangerous.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: Sodium lauryl sulfate has been shown to cause irritation and inflammation on the skin.

Lanolin: Lanolin is usually comedogenic, i.e., it can produce or aggravate acne.

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