We are what we eat – honestly, it can’t get any more real than this.
Our bodies use food not only as fuel but as building material as well. If we keep eating junk, our bodies will make new parts out of junk too. Does this sound good to you at all?
Thankfully, the world has become more conscious and proactive about health. Harmful chemicals and food additives are now being exposed and more people are now taking matters into their own hands by reading labels and rallying behind the Organic Revolution for naturally researched, grown and harvested products.
If what we put in our body affects our health, should we also take the time and read the fine print on cosmetics as well?
The answer is a resounding yes. Unlike the food industry, the cosmetic industry is virtually unregulated – this means that they are free to put in what they want in their products regardless of the risks to public health. Chemicals are used to make make-up more appealing to the public – brighter colors, fragrances and a longer shelf life.
An article by the Huffington Post listed the most commonly found chemicals in cosmetics including phthalates, propylene glycol, petroleum jelly and lauryl sulfates. When not found in make-up, these ingredients are also used in manufacturing plastics, brake fluid, anti-freeze and engine degreasers.
Unknown to many, our skin absorbs most of what we apply (almost 60%!) through our pores and eventually get into the bloodstream. The chemicals listed above are present in your concealer, mascara, foundations, make-up remover and the like. According to some studies, continued use can cause skin irritation, interfere with hormone regulation and some chemicals may even be carcinogenic. Yikes!
Let’s look at propylene glycol for example. Propylene glycol is a solvent derived from petroleum, and it is used to “carry” moisture in a product. Propylene glycol is used in baby lotions and mascara, so it is quite possible that you have been using products containing it since you were an infant and well into adulthood. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, propylene glycol is a known irritant that enhances skin absorption. If propylene glycol is in a makeup product with other harmful chemicals, it will aid the absorption of those chemicals. Propylene glycol is not a product you want on skin.
Below you’ll find a list of other ingredients found in department store products you’ll probably want to avoid.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate Contaminated with a known carcinogen; is a known eye and skin irritant.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Artificial agent that makes cleansers and detergents foam. Irritates skin with prolonged contact.
- Parabens Preservatives linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, neurological and immune effects, among other disorders.
- Petroleum Also listed as mineral oil, propylene glycol, petrolatum and paraffin wax. disrupts the way the body naturally detoxifies by not letting skin breathe. Fact: Baby oil is 100% mineral oil!
- Phthalates Chemicals linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, reproductive and other disorders.
- Formaldehyde Preservative linked to cancer.
- DMDM Hydantoin Formaldehyde releaser.
It is our goal to bring awareness to the community about unregulated chemicals used in the cosmetic industry and how they can lead to health issues in the long run. We want you to look beyond the glitz and glamour and get to know these products as they really are.
Don’t be fooled by flashy advertisements or celebrity endorsements – be vigilant about what they’re actually putting in the products you use. Take control of your health by ensuring that what you put on your body will help build a better, healthier version of yourself.
Derma Natural’s skin and hair care brands are made with ingredients that are derived from nature, not a barrel of petroleum. Our standards are high — all of our brands are free of harmful additives, including parabens, artificial dyes and petroleum-derived chemicals. They are formulated to perform just as well as their chemical-laced counterparts without the negative side-effects. Once you make the switch from unsafe chemical-laden cosmetics, you may notice that skin problems will start to clear up and that your allergies will lessen.
When you choose Derma Natural, you are choosing beauty without sacrificing your health.