There is no denying the research linking toxic cosmetic ingredients to either cancer or endocrine and reproductive dysfunctions. Remember that your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it, and the rather shocking part for most people is that your skin does not have the ability to metabolize toxins the same way your liver does when you ingest something. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to know what you are putting on your skin - and more importantly, your children's.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a quick list of ingredients to avoid in personal care products for both adults and children found in many common brands on the market. Being aware of the effects that these products have on your health is the first step to making a real change in your household. The increasing rate of cancer and the overall deteriorating health of the United States is a result of poor industrial regulation on the corporations that manufacture these detrimental products. A new wave of socially responsible companies are emerging and finally giving consumers a real choice among their personal care products. It is now up to you to do your research and decide who gets to stay in your bathroom cabinet and who needs to go!
Use this list created by EWG to guide your efforts in redefining your personal care:
• Triclocarban (bar soap)
• Triclosan (liquid soap and toothpaste)
• Retinyl palmitate or retinol (facial care products)
• PEG, ceteareth and polyethylene
• Parabens: propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl
• DMDM hydantoin
• Formaldehyde or formalin (polish, hardeners or other nail products)
• Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
• Imidazolidinyl urea
• Boric acid (diaper cream)
• 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol) (baby wipes)
• FRAGRANCE: Products with “Fragrance” on the label can contain 100s of chemicals and trigger allergic reactions. Skip these products