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Protect Your Skin

Please check your skin-care labels…

as many skin-care products contain dangerous/toxic ingredients….do yours?

The following is a list of common suspicious ingredients:

  • Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum – Petroleum products coat skin like plastic, clog pore and create toxin build-ups.  This accumulation leads to dermatologic issues; and slows cellular development, which can cause early aging signs.  Petroleum products are a suspected cause of cancer and disrupt hormonal activity.  Ocean oil spills are quickly (sometimes not quickly enough) cleaned…why put it on your skin?
  • Parabens – Widely-used preservatives in the cosmetic and skin-care industries; it’s estimated that 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate these preservatives with cancer.  Plus, parabens disrupt hormones, mimicking estrogen in particular, interfering with the endocrine system.
  • Phenol carbolic acid– This acid is associated with circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and respiratory failure.
  • Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturizer.  Yet, studies show it may cause dermatitis/skin irritation, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit healthy skin cell growth.
  • Acrylamide– Sometimes used in hand and face creams and linked to mammary tumors (in lab research).
  • Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS)/ sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)– Used in car washes, engine degreaser, and commercial garage floor cleaners….and in over 90% of personal care products.  Beware as SLS breaks and penetrates skin moisture barriers, allowing other chemicals to follow.  When combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a potent carcinogen called nitrosamine.  It also is linked to hair loss.  Some disguises label it as “comes from coconuts”.
  • Toluene Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin!   Made from petroleum or coal-tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
  • Dioxane– Commonly found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols, which are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane and easily absorbed through the skin.  **First reported as a carcinogen in 1965 then later confirmed by the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”. Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”.

If you care about your skin and your health, use products derived from plant names you recognize, and/or know.

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