This past weekend, I decided to do some research on the ingredients listed on my personal care products and surprisingly found out that most of them were listed as toxic from various health sites including EWG.
This was hard to believe at first because I thought that my personal care products were safe to use.
But as I started reading the ingredient’s list written on the products that I was using and researching what they were and what effect they had on my skin and hair, I found out that they have negative effects, which include depleting the natural composition of my skin and hair and exposing me to carcinogens.
Take time to look at the ingredients list written on the bottles of your products, and if you come across any of these on the list, it’s advisable to stop using that product immediately:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Would you ever use a product that has an ingredient that’s highly corrosive and is a skin irritant? Well, these are the effects of sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient is the main cause of hair loss. I would know this because my hairline was non-existent before I stopped using products that contained this ingredient. It also causes skin rashes and dozens of other allergic reactions.
Take a look at the ingredient’s list on your toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hair moisturizer, soap, cleansers and bubble bath, and you’ll see that SLS is one of the main ingredients.
It makes no sense why manufacturers would add SLS, which is found in engine degreasers and car wash soaps, into everyday personal care products. They should have added a disclaimer on the products that contain this ingredient that we’re pumping carcinogenic dioxins and nitrates into our bloodstream.
These include methylparaben, propylparaben and anything that ends in ‘paraben’.
I’m convinced that parabens were responsible for my receding hair line because the hair moisturizer that I used contained methylparaben.
Parabens are synthetic preservatives that allow products to survive for months or even years in storage. However, they are carcinogenic and can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system.
These include paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum and Vaseline.
Why anyone would manufacture petroleum as a skin moisturizer is beyond my understanding. I might as well metamorphisize into a car engine or an industrial lubricant.
Petrol-chemicals coat the skin like plastic, clogging the pores and slowing down the skin’s function and cell development. They also trap waste from being expelled from the body while keeping oxygen out.
So don’t get too excited when your armpits don’t break out in a sweat. It’s the petro-chemicals blocking your pores and trapping sweat inside of your body.
Don’t be surprised when acne attacks you. Petro-chemicals are the cause of this.
And if you are really concerned about you baby’s health and well-being, you’ll stop applying baby oil on their skin because baby oil is 100% mineral oil.
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
Would you ever caustic spray-on oven cleaners on your hair, skin and on your armpits? Well, since PEG is found in deodorants, hair products and lotions, you’re applying a caustic spray-on oven cleaner on your body.
PEG is a potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that reduces your skin’s moisture factor and makes you more susceptible to bacterial infection.
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
If you’re struggling with dry and irritated skin, it’s because your product contains Isopropyl.
This petroleum derivative ingredient also causes your skin to age prematurely and also increases the penetration of other harmful products into your skin.
Fragrances (including Parfum and Talc)
Clearly all things synthetic smell bad, which is why chemicals are added in an attempt to make them smell desirable.
The presence of up to 4000 separate ingredients which may be carcinogenic can be found in talc and parfum.
Silicones (Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Amodimethicone or anything that ends with ‘cone’)
If you’re obsessed with the smooth, just-washed feeling, you must know that what you’re feeling is toxins coating your skin like plastic wrap and clogging your pores so that your skin doesn’t breathe and ends up being unable to expel waste through the skin pores.
If you wouldn’t walk around with plastic wrapped on your body, then you wouldn’t use products that contain silicones.
Other harmful ingredients that you should be aware of are lanolin, DMDM Hydantion & Urea (Imidazolidinyl), Propylene or Butylene glycol, Polysorbates, Ammonium ingredients, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) and Triclosan.
I have since decided to use organic products since mainstream products are harmful.
Faithful To Nature has been the most reliable stockist of organic products in South Africa. They’re affordable and are the healthy alternative to toxic mainstream personal care and household products.
So, once again, take time to read the ingredients list on your personal care products, and do try to use products that are free from parabens, preservatives and additives.
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