For example , here is one of thousands of chemicals that your skin absorbs when you lather your body up with your lotions: Parabens. are preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. That actually sounds like a good thing, right? Well, they do a lot more than just that. Parabens have estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with risk of breast cancer. They can also be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
This industry is very much unregulated. Although a small approval process exists, it is only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs. There is no pre-product approval required before a product goes into your shops and into your shopping cart.
Many of the synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and just simply toxic.
I can’t go through all of these harmful chemicals, but here are another two beside Parabens that you should really avoid……
Synthetic colors. If you take a look at your product label and notice D&C, ( Drug & Cosmetics ) they represent artificial colors. The letters are followed by a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children.
Fragrance. Did you know what “fragrance” means? The term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” But really you are buying products with 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.
In the end it’s truly impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you should educate yourself so that you will know what to look out for and what to avoid when purchasing/ using your everyday products.
This is why I use Nubian Heritage’s Mango Butter as my lotion. It is made of traditional African recipes and organic fare trade ingredients ✨??. I absolutely love this product , it smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so rejuvenated ‼️??
Hope you liked this informing post?