Personal care products can pose a danger to your health
Be careful with toothpaste, bubble baths, shampoos, and similar products
The facts are in and we destroy the environment in which we live. One would think it is bad enough that we are polluting our habitat, but the more I read, the more bad news I find. Now I have found information on the dangers in our everyday life. Why do we let this happen? If we continue like this, we will pollute the whole earth, our water will be undrinkable, and the air too toxic to breathe.
No, we can do better, as we are spraying our GMO food with additional chemicals, bringing forth unknown illnesses. We also insist on eating man-made foods instead of enjoying food created in nature. One would consider all this would be well passing the limit, but no, we can still do more damage.
Chemicals in personal care products
Being well informed means you can decide what you let into your life. The choice is yours. We are surrounded by harmful things, and you have to know what they are so you can act accordingly.
Have you ever thought about the risks that the normal personal care products present to you and your family? If you have not, just keep on reading. It will be an eye-opening read, and I hope you will take steps to minimize the negative effects these products might have on your health.
They have documented that your personal care products may contain known cancer-causing chemicals. These are personal care products you use on a daily or at least weekly basis, year after year. You should know some of these toxins are bio-accumulative and tend to build up in your body.
It would be a good idea to put all the products you use often in a row in your bathroom and understand what is in them. Take your glasses and maybe a magnifying glass as the ingredients on the label are often in such a small print.
Is that done on purpose? Perhaps it is. The fact that the words are often unpronounceable and few people actually know what they mean, stop many people from checking what they buy and use.
Here comes a list of the most common toxic chemicals added to your bathroom. If I know a suitable alternative, I will tell you, OK?
Let’s have a look.
1. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
These chemicals are closely related and you will find them, literally, in about everything. From hair products like shampoo that foam to toothpaste, and probably in most of the soaps you buy.
The problem with these products is that the chemicals react and produce that toxic residues that can be left behind in your body, in your heart, brain, and liver. Children are especially vulnerable to this and can suffer from malformation in their eyes as well.
Luckily there are “green” substitutes for harmful soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.
2. F, D and C color pigments
These colorants are terrible for you, and they rob your body of oxygen. We need all the oxygen we can get. Each and every cell we have requires oxygen, so it is not a clever idea to use an oxygen-consuming product.
Do you know that they mostly make these colorants from coal tar and that this substance can cause cancer in laboratory animals? It makes you wonder why coal tar has to be in personal care products. The name says care products, right?
3. Isopropyl alcohol
This is a substance which is distilled from petroleum and it is the same chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. You will find it in lotions, perfumes, and cosmetics. My tip here is to make your own lotion. I buy 1 liter of rose water in the pharmacy and it will clean your skin ever so nice.
4.Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
How about using some oven cleaning spray on your body? It dissolves oil and grease, is a harsh chemical and is known to harm your immune system. By the way, it can help trigger cancer cell growth. Why is it in personal care products?
It normally is not stated on labels, but that doesn’t mean it is harmless. Chlorine can cause an increased risks in children for developing allergies or asthma. Among adults exposure to chlorine in swimming pools has been linked with other health problems including bladder and rectal cancer and, possibly, an increased risk for coronary heart disease. You will find it in swimming pools, laundry products, sewage systems, and your tap water.
It is used to kill bacteria, but too much can affect your own health. You can see it is a good idea to have your water checked with a lab test and if needed get a good filter for your home.
6. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine)
I bet you love to take a bubble bath now and then, right? Well, who doesn’t? The problem is that most products which produce foam, like bubble baths, body washes and of course shampoos, contain these chemicals. Kidney and liver cancer are on the rise, and it seems the repeated exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of getting these cancers.
These were the findings of Professor Dr. Samuel Epstein of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois. One wonders why those types of harmful products are on the market.
Why are petroleum-based oils on the market for babies? They use these ingredients for plastic wrapping, so why do babies get it smeared on their skin? Advertisements make us believe it is good for your baby when actually it isn’t.
Can you imagine what plastic wrap will do to your skin? It will prevent your skin from breathing and it will also restrict your body from releasing excess heat. It will also slow down cell development. We should not use this oil for babies.
Your baby’s skin would be much better off with natural oils like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and argan oil. By the way, these oils are good for grownups too. Years ago I got half a liter of Argan oil from Morocco. Sometimes, on the weekend, I treat myself to this oil. I put it on my face and neck and there it stays for hours. By that time, the skin will have completely absorbed it.
Most products you buy nowadays tend to smell good. What smells good must be good, right? Often the fragrances used are carcinogenic or toxic. Most of these fragrances are not natural (taken from nature.)
They are a poor imitation and are synthetic chemicals. The same applies to your house. When you want to get rid of nasty smells we often spray with some product but we do not know what is inside this spray. Here is a nice website which shows you some good smelling natural alternatives.
In studies, they found that some of these fragrances can affect the central nervous system. You might experience depressions or suffer from behavioral problems. Some undesirable side effects of smelling nice.
9.Propylene glycol (PG)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires workers to wear protective gear when handling or working close to this chemical. They want to protect the people against brain, liver and kidney damage. This chemical is the active component in antifreeze. Actually, industrial PG is the same as the one used in personal care products. How come there is no warning on your deodorant stick?
10. Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin
These are just a few of the many preservatives found in your personal care products. The Mayo Clinic has warned that these chemicals release formaldehyde, which is dangerous for your respiratory system. It can cause heart palpitations. In addition, it can also cause loss of sleep and it is bad for your immune system. The list goes on. You will find these preservatives in many brands of skin and hair products.
What are we doing to ourselves? First of all, do not believe that the authorities will warn you. It needs a high death rate for a product to be taken off the market. When you look at this list, you can understand that all these chemicals in your care products will have a combined accumulative effect.
One day you might get cancer as your immune system has given up. Or you might suffer depressions and headaches but do not know why. Perhaps you get diabetes or high blood pressure. Just consider the problems that you may expose yourself to using these kinds of products.
We always talk about lifestyle. People do not eat natural foods anymore. We do not exercise enough and miss out on the fresh air and sunshine. Do we really need to add all these chemicals to our personal care products? Especially the ones we use daily, which are dangerous to our health? Try to see the total picture. Humanity needs a thorough cleanup so our body can again function like it was meant to.
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Source: Natural Health 365. Article by Lori Alton, staff writer on June 15, 2019
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