What Makeup and Cosmetics are Safe?
Being diagnosed with breast cancer led me into doing vast amounts of research on WHY breast cancer seems to be one of the scourges of modern living. One in EIGHT women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I knew there must be a reason for this, beyond what we’re told by modern science.
Part of the research I did took an interesting direction. Putting aside all of the discussions about toxic environment, stress of modern day living, etc what I discovered is that many of our body products (in fact I’ll go out on a limb here and say MOST body products, especially those in the grocery stores and supermarkets) are toxic as hell. We shouldn’t be using them!
Chemicals and Cancer
If you look at the list of ingredients in most hair care products, skin care products, deodorants, etc you can’t even pronounce most of the ingredients and many of them have NO business being put into our products. There is a definite link to some of these chemicals and cancer.
I’m sorry if this is turning into a rant, but it’s a personal sore subject for me. Here are just 3 of the baddies:
Propylene Glycol – used as a skin conditioning agent, it’s strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! My husband says it’s a constituent of anti-freeze. What’s it doing in skin care products, especially those for babies? Are you kidding me?
Paraben preservatives (methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and ethylparaben) – used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products. What delightful information I discovered about these came from a Professor Philippa Darbre at Reading University in England. Her research on actual breast tumors discovered that parabens were in every sample. Parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of estrogen, which hormone can drive the growth of human breast tumors. This research was done in 2004 – why are parabens still being allowed in our body products???
DMDM Hydantoin – this contains formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (causes cancer). Causes allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. The vapor is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes). It has NO business being in our body products.
This is a list of only a FEW of the toxic chemicals in body products being routinely used by women all across the world. Please stop using any products that have these nasties in them. Reduce your breast cancer risk.
Want something better for yourself? I’ve done a lot of research on various companies making safe and organic makeup and cosmetics and there are now quite a few that are doing the right thing and creating beautiful organic products. One of my favorites is discussed in this article: Another Source for Safe Cosmetics and Body Products.
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