Your health depends on what you put on your skin. In any program for healthy change, you have to start somewhere. In the past, is was pretty easy to determine whether or not there were harmful chemicals in your beauty care products. Generally, they were the long chemical sounding words in the ingredients list that you could not pronounce.
Nowadays, with truth in labeling laws, and stringent European standards in effect, the Latin and/or chemical name of even the purest and cleanest ingredients sourced from nature are listed. It can be confusing because they look harmful, and throw you off.
Where should you start?
You can start by looking at ALL of the beauty care products you own for hair, body, and face. Start with the ingredients listed that have names or abbreviations in all caps, and remove those products from your beauty care routine.
BPA, BHT, BHA, DEA, DMDM, EDTA, MEA, PPD, PEG, PG, PPG, SLS, SLES, TEA.
Most of these ingredients have a moderate to severe risk of being connected to one or more of the following issues:
Tumor cell line growth, build up in our soils and water sources, oxidation, degrade and mutate into other dangerous forms, environmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, genotoxicity, tested on laboratory animals, endocrine disruption, classified as skin irritants in the pure form, allergen, increase histamine release, cell mediated immunity, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity. It’s also important to mention that most of these toxic chemicals would not be allowed in food.
Chances are, if you are eliminating a product that has one of those abbreviated ingredients, it probably has other harmful ingredients you also want to stay away from anyway.
Where do we find this type of information?
Some of the most recognizable resources are listed below. There are also non-profit and non-partisan organizations like the Environmental Working Group, that use these same resources, and more, to gather information for you into one data base.
EC (Environment Canada)
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
NLM (National Library of Medicine)
SCCPNFP (Scientific Committee On Cosmetic Products And Non-Food Products)
CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formerly known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau)
EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
IFRA (International Fragrance Association)
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