Did you know up to 80% or more of what you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your blood stream?
The chemical age has given us many solutions to Hair and Body Care Products. Mainly in the form of preservatives or lathering agents called surfactants. Many of these chemicals absorbed through the skin get stuck in our fatty tissues and being fat soluble are stored for long periods of time. Many of these chemical additives have been scientifically proven to cause harm to our bodies.
Many body care, hair care, and cosmetic product's ingredients are exempt from regulation by the FDA due to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they go on the market. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, hair care products, body care products, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products. A study published in 2004 (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology) detected parabens in breast tumors. The study also discussed this information in the context of the weak estrogen-like properties of parabens and the influence of estrogen on breast cancer. However, the study left several questions unanswered. For example, the study did not show that parabens cause cancer, or that they are harmful in any way, and the study did not look at possible paraben levels in normal tissue.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
This lathering agent can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.
Synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, and a skin irritant. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.
What does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect the company's secret formula. So the law does not require them to disclose all of their fragrance ingredients. But, you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.
Linked with childhood asthma, diabetes, and developmental problems, phthalates like diethyl phthalate (DEP) are often found in cologne, aftershave, shaving cream, shampoos, and deodorants. In fact, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports that Quicksilver, Calvin Cline Eternity for Men, and Old Spice After Hours Body Spray all contain DEP.
A known reproductive toxicant, lead acetate is found in men’s hair and beard colorants, including Men’s Grecian Hair Formula and Youthair Hair Color for Men.
A known carcinogen, formaldehyde is found in many shampoos and body washes. It can also trigger allergic reactions.
A popular antibacterial, this ingredient is found in soaps and deodorants, but is linked with hormone disruption, and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial.
It forms a seal over the pores of the skin that disrupts the body’s ability to eliminate toxins, dirt and contaminants, which would otherwise pass through those pores and exit the skin.
It does nothing to hydrate or heal the skin itself.
It slows cellular regeneration and can damage collagen and elastin, thereby contributing to older looking skin.
It is difficult to remove from the skin.
While petroleum jelly may be safe in its pure form, purity remains a problem, and the impurities often found in petroleum jelly, such as poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), have been linked to cancer.
Unlike in the European Union, there are no refinement requirements in the United States, and so U.S. manufacturers are not legally obligated to remove the PAHs and other contaminants from their petroleum jelly.