What toxic chemicals are in skin care beauty products?
The average women use 18 % of skin care products
The average men use 8% of skin care products
Chemicals are in makeup and beauty products and we absorb up to 6% of it each year. There are 10,000 chemicals in PCP's ( PCP personal care products) and only 10% have been tested for chemicals.
There are over 200 ingredients in US. marketed products that have been proven to be hazardous and are banned in the EU.
97% OF americans tested by the US Center For Disease Control have Diethyl Phthalates (DEP) in their blood streams.
Phthalates are a hidden ingredients of fragrances. Fragrances are considered "trades secrets" so companies do not have to reveal the Phthalates on their labels which can be a cocktail of up to 3,000 chemicals. I'm Fabulous Cosmetics fragrances are Phthalates free and made with only organic ingredients.
Phthalates and other toxins are triggering early puberty.
How does aluminum affect our health?
Unlike some other metals such as potassium, sodium, or magnesium, aluminum has no benefit or function in the body.
Aluminum creates oxidative stress on cells throughout the body, causing damage to DNA and aging on cells.
Aluminum-containing anti-perspirants keep the body from sweating and properly releasing hormones out of the body. This is a suspected cause of breast and prostate cancer.
Aluminum accumulates in bone tissue, thus weakening it. It is a suspected cause of osteoporosis.
"Once absorbed, Al accumulates in bone, brain, liver and kidney, with bone as the major site for Al deposition in humans."
Aluminum robs the body of magnesium, calcium and iron, and accumulates in the brain. "Trace aluminum levels cross the blood-brain barrier and progressively accumulate in large pyramidal neurons of the hippocampus, cortex, and other brain regions vulnerable in Alzheimer's disease. More aluminum enters the brain than leaves, resulting in a net increase in intraneuronal aluminum with advancing age. Aluminum is responsible for two main types of toxic damage in cells. As a pro-oxidant, aluminum causes oxidative damage both on its own and in synergy with iron. Aluminum also competes with, and substitutes for, essential metals-primarily Mg2+, iron and Ca2+ ions-in or on proteins and their co-factors."
Aluminum has been found to cause granulomas.
Aluminum is toxic to skin and creates oxidative stress
Aluminum is absorbed highly by abraided or irritated skin.
This study found that ionic aluminum created oxidative stress in breast tissue.
- Benzoyl Peroxide find in Acne products
- Hydroquinone mostly found in skin lightening cream, fade lotion, and skin brightener cream. I'm Fabulous Cosmetics has great organic hydroquinone free skin lightener creams and serums
- Formaldehyde is a colorless, highly toxic, and flammable gas at room temperature that is slightly heavier than air. It has a pungent, highly irritating odor that is detectable at low concentrations, but may not provide adequate warning of hazardous concentrations for sensitized persons. Often found in hair straightener, nail polish and body wash.
- Col tar is a known carcinogen derived from burning coal. It is a complex mixture of hundreds of compounds, many of which are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) [1,2]. Coal tar is used in food, textiles, cosmetics and personal care products. Experimental studies have found that application of and exposure to coal tar produce skin tumors and neurological damage. Found in shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, hair dyes, and lotions.
- Carbon black is a dark black powder used as a pigment in cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. It is produced by incomplete combustion of carbon-based products such as coal tar, and has been linked to increased incidence of cancer and negative effects on organs. Found in eyeliner, mascara, nail polish, eye shadow, brush-on-brow, lipstick, blushers, rouge, makeup, and foundation.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Carbon black, D & C Black No. 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black, and thermal black.
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are used as preservatives in a variety of personal care products. Both of these chemicals are also used as preservatives in foods. These chemicals are linked to several health concerns including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity.
- PABA and PABA derivatives are commonly used in sunscreens as ultraviolet B (UVB) filters. PABA use has declined over the years, but its derivatives are still around today. PABA may alter thyroid activity and PABA derivatives may have additional endocrine disrupting properties.
FOUND IN: Sunscreens
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: PABA, OD-PABA, padimate O, 4-aminobenzoic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid, Et-PABA, 2-ethylhexyl ester, p-carboxyaniline.
- Petrolatum, or petroleum jelly, derived from petroleum, is often used in personal care products as a moisturizing agent. When properly refined, petrolatum has no known health concerns. However, petrolatum is often not fully refined in the US, which means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
FOUND IN: Lotions, Cosmetics
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Petrolatum, Petroleum Jelly, Paraffin Oil, Mineral Oil and White Petrolatum (refined and safe for use).
- Polyacrylamide is used as a stabilizer and binder in lotions and other products. Though it is not a concern in itself, it is made up of repeating molecules of acrylamide, which is a strongly suspected carcinogen and has been linked to mammary tumors. The European Union (EU) sets limits for the amount of acrylamide allowed in products containing polyacrylamide, but the United States does not currently regulate it.
FOUND IN: Facial moisturizers, anti-aging products, color cosmetics, lotions, hair products, sunscreens, and more.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Polyacrylamide; acrylamide; polyacrylate, polyquaternium, acrylate
- Quaternium-15, a known skin toxicant and allergen, may be especially dangerous for hairdressers and janitors, who are sometimes exposed to this formaldehyde-releasing chemical at regular doses for long periods of time.
FOUND IN: Hair conditioners, hair styling products, creams, lotions, cleansers, shaving products, eye drops contact solutions and household cleaning products.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, quaternium-15, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, centrimonium bromide, polyquaternium – followed by a number (i.e. polyquaternium-7).
- Triclosan and triclocarban are commonly used antimicrobial agents found in many soaps and detergents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified triclosan in the urine of 75 percent people tested. Widespread use with few regulations has led to concerns regarding their effects on humans and the environment, such as endocrine disruption, bioaccumulation, and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibodies and antibacterial products.
FOUND IN: Antibacterial soaps and detergents, toothpaste and tooth whitening products, antiperspirants/deodorants, shaving products, creams, color cosmetics.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Triclosan (TSC) and triclocarban (TCC)
- Toluene is a toxic chemical used in in nail products and hair dyes. Exposure to toluene can result in temporary effects such as headaches, dizziness and cracked skin, as well as more serious effects such as reproductive damage and respiratory complications.
FOUND IN: Nail polish, nail treatment, hair dyes
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Toluene
- Nitrosamines are impurities that can show up in a wide array of cosmetics ingredients—including diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA)—and products. The U.K.’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform characterizes nitrosamines as toxic in more animal species than any other category of chemical carcinogen . While common in cosmetics, nitrosamines are not listed on product labels because they are impurities, but avoiding products with DEA and TEA is a start.
FOUND IN: Nearly every kind of personal care product.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: DEA or TEA can indicate the possible presence of nitrosamines.
- Octinoxate, also called Octyl methoxycinnamate or (OMC), is a UV filter. It can be absorbed rapidly through skin. Octinoxate has been detected in human urine, blood and breast milk, which indicates that humans are systemically exposed to this compound [1,2]. Octinoxate is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function.
FOUND IN: Hair color products and shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, skin creams.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:Octinoxate,o methoxycinnamate (OMC), parsol, parsol MCX, parsol MOX, escalol, 2-ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate.