How Safe are Your Beauty Products?

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Posted by in Natural Beauty, Organic Mother & Baby on Aug 15, 2012 . 0 Comments.

With beautiful packaging and tempting words such as natural, gentle, and dermatologist approved, it is easy to believe that the beauty products that line the shelves of your bathroom are all free from chemicals and toxins that may do you harm, but have you actually checked the ingredients?

Sadly manufacturers of cosmetic and beauty products can print labels that are misleading and incomplete without breaking the law. There is very little regulation over the ingredients that these manufacturers put in personal care products, and safety testing of the ingredients is not required. They aren’t obliged to list the ingredients, and you can be sure that if they don’t there is a very good reason why not.

Thousands of toxic chemicals find their way into so-called natural beauty products and their side effects can vary from allergies and skin conditions to disruption to the hormone and immune systems. Many are also known to be carcinogenic.

Ingredients to Avoid

Ideally you should only buy products where all the ingredients are individually listed. There are particular ingredients that are very common in different types of products and these should be fairly easy to spot.

In moisturisers and skin products avoid anything with retinyl palmitate and retinol, and in toothpaste avoid products with triclosan. If you’re buying hair products look out for PEGs, ceteareths and polyethylene, as well as parabens such as propyl, isopropyl, butyl, and isobutyl. With nail products try to avoid anything with formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate, and if you are buying baby products including baby wipes, make sure they don’t contain boric acid or bronopol (also described as 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3,diol).

Try Fragrance Free

The word fragrance might sound pleasant enough, but manufacturers don’t need to list the individual ingredients of the fragrance they use and the toxins that hide in common fragrances are some of the worst culprits for causing allergies and skin irritation. Look for fragrance free products, or only use those where the ingredients of the fragrance are listed and avoid ingredients such as DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, and Imidazolidinyl urea.

By checking the list of ingredients on the products you buy, only buying products where the ingredients are listed, and avoiding nasty chemicals where they are listed, you can dramatically limit the amount of toxins that you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis.

Last update: Sep 24, 2012


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