We always look at food labels and read the ingredients carefully to make sure that all the ingredients are safe for us to eat, but what about cosmetic and personal-care products? Most of the time we have a big trust in the cosmetic products we use and also the product labels are full of complex chemicals names that you can barely pronounce. But many of these synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and are carcinogenic. So in order to make you aware of what are the toxic chemicals that you should avoid, here we share the top 4 common chemicals that you should highly avoid.
1. Parabens: Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria in cosmetic products. This seems great, doesn’t it? In fact, parabens are quite toxic and commonly associated with breast cancer. They are absorbed through the skin with ease and interrupt natural hormone functions, typically forcing the body to produce an excess of estrogen – a grower of breast cancer cells – even male hormone functions are affected by this chemical. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
2. Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) ps reservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It appears frequently in a wide range of cosmetics including deodorant, nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, and eye shadows.
3. Aluminum: Found commonly in your deodorants, body sprays, and even feminine hygiene products, aluminum has been found as a cause or contributing factor to both Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer when excessive exposure has occurred. Aluminum when in the body essentially acts as a pore plug for a short period of time.
During the time when this ‘plug’ is in effect, toxins cannot be removed from the body through sweat or oils, and thus the toxins that would be released are sent back into the bloodstream where they can bond to our red and white blood cells and given time, they will have the potential to cause microvascular strokes, which in turn lead to even bigger issues.
4. Triclosan: Triclosan is widely used antimicrobial chemical used in antibacterial substances in your beauty regimen such as toothpaste, deodorant, cleanser, facial tissues, and even laundry detergent. Triclosan is absorbed through the skin and has been found to disrupt your body’s hormone functions and its ability to balance these hormones.