The Truth About The Toiletries We Use

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The Truth about the Toiletries we use is that most available in the market today contain a vast array of chemicals, drying agents, surfactants, synthetic moisturizers, artificial fragrances and synthetic preservatives. Most people also think that dangerous environmental toxins only surround them outside the home, when the reverse is true. All research studies point to one clear conclusion - your home is one of the biggest environmental hazard to your good health.

There are over 7,000 ingredients available in just the manufacture of cosmetics and toiletries as well as nearly 1,000 aromatic or synthetic perfume chemicals. Of these ingredients, over a 1,000 are known to have harmful effects on us and at least another 900 may have been contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals during the manufacture of everyday toiletries such as toothpastes, deodorants and sanitary products. This doesn't even include all the cleaning products we use in our homes. That said, there appears to be an undeniable link between the presence of all these chemicals and the alarming increase of  dementia, eczema, allergies, skin sensitivities and cancer not to mention many others.

Many of the compounds below are known carcinogens; some are xenoestrogens or cumulative mimics of cancer-causing oestrogen; others have been linked to nervous disorders, palpitations and mood changes. The truth about the toiletries we use is that environmental toxins have been linked to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular problems. Many damage the fragile microbiome in your gut which controls 85 per cent of your immune system and makes B vitamins and anti-inflammatory compounds essential to your good health.

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  • Propylene Glycol
  • Talc
  • Parfum/perfume
  • Xylene
  • Di-ethanolamine
  • Triclosan
  • Paraphenylenediamine
  • Methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl paraben,
  • DEA, MEA, TEA
  • Petrolatum
  • Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin.
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Plasticisers : i) Phthalates ii)
  • Bisphenol A
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Toluene
  • Fluoride
  • Synthetic colours
  • Alcohol, or isopropyl
  • PVP/VA copolyme
  • Padimate-O

DEA, MEA, TEA, Can cause allergic reactions, irritate the eyes and dry the hair and skin. Can be carcinogenic, especially to the kidneys and liver.

Petrolatum, also known as mineral oil jelly, liquid vaseline, paraffinum, liquidum and baby oil.  Can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils from the skin causing chapping and dryness, also premature ageing. Prevents elimination of toxins, can cause acne and other disorders.

Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin. These formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and asthma.  can also weaken the immune system and even cause cancer.  Found in skin body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.

Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) Found in shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste, body washes.  Strong detergent which can cause eye irritation, permanent damage to the eyes, especially in children, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and mouth ulceration. When combined with other ingredients, can form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.  Easily penetrates the skin and can lodge itself in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.

Fragrance. Usually petroleum based.  Can cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, respiratory problems vomiting, skin irritation and multiple chemical sensitivity

Methyl, propyl, butyl and ethylparaben,used to extend a products shelf life and inhibit microbial growth.  Highly toxic. Can cause rashes and other allergic reactions.

Padimate-O also known as octyl dimethyl, PABA is found mostly in sunscreens. Like DEA, a nitrosamine-forming agent.  There is concern that the energy absorbed by this sunscreen is then turned into free radicals, which may actually increase the risk of skin cancer!

PVP/VA copolymer, a petroleum based ingredient used in hair sprays.

Synthetic colours: coal-tar dyes are generally labelled as FD7C or D4C followed by a number. CARCINOGENIC!

Alcohol, or isopropyl.  A poisonous solvent and denaturant (altering the structure of other chemicals). Found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after shave lotions, fragrances. Can cause nausea, vomiting headaches, flushing, depression.  Also, dries skin and hair, creates cracks and fissures in the skin which encourage bacterial growth.

Talc, found in baby powders, face powders and body powders as well as on some contraceptives such as condoms. A known carcinogen. A major cause of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area.  Can also lodge in the lungs, causing respiratory disorders.

As a consumer, it is our own responsibility to take accountability for the products we purchase and as a result the toxins we expose ourselves to. Do your research and make an informed decision that is good for you and your loved ones, hopefully this helps make it a little easier get to the truth about the toiletries we use.

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