WHAT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT CHEMICALS IN THE PRODUCTS WE USE DAILY…….

Have you ever turned to the back of a bottle of shampoo, conditioner, face moisturiser, night cream, body moisturiser, face cleanser, hair or nail products to read the ingredients?

Did you know the companies who produce these products only need to test 1 chemical at a time for their toxicity to be regarded as safe?

No testing has been done on the combination of chemicals in 1 bottle, let alone the number of times we are using the same chemicals on a daily basis.

Consider personal care, face care, make up, body care and sunscreen, hair care, nail care, tooth care and personal fragrances……

If you add these up, we are being re-exposed to many mixes of chemicals on a daily basis, equating to an additional burden on your body, without a break, causing more harm than good!

ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS

(Alexx Stuart: Low Tox Life)

The endocrine system is made up of several glands that produce hormones. Endocrine disruptors can mimic or partly mimic our naturally occurring hormones. They can also bind to hormone receptors within a cell and stop the natural hormone from binding.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU?

  • Lowers sperm counts
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Precocious puberty
  • Thyroid dysregulation
  • Breast and testicular cancer
  • Metabolic dysfunction and obesity

The Most Common You Will Find in Personal Care

PHTHALATES

  • Used to make fragrances last longer. Shows up on the label  under the words “fragrance” or “parfum”
  • Research studies show damage can mean low sperm count, asthma, changes in male babies’ testes and penis size, increased incidence of breast cancer and tumours.

PARABENS

  • Can mimic oestrogen
  • Have been detected in human breast cancer tissue

PHENOXETHANOL

  • Animal studies with repeated exposure affected the red blood cells, kidney, liver and thyroid

RESOURCINOL

  • Found in hair dyes and used in face and body products to break down tough, scaly skin.

BENZOPHINONE

  • Found in lipstick, nail polishes, sunglasses and food packaging
  • Animal trials suggest hormone disruption

TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE

  • Endocrine disruptor used mostly in nail polishes
  • Constant exposure can lead to reproductive changes and weight gain

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE

  • Seeing “-eth” in an ingredient is a clue that it could be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, deemed by the EPA a likely carcinogen

TRICLOSAN

  • Found in antibacterial products – hand washes and acne-targeting face washes
  • Damaging to thyroid gland and good bacteria

PEG’s

  • Found in emollients to soften skin and emulsifiers (facilitating mix of oil and water), also in the current COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination as an adjuvant – reduce the capacity of your immune system to fight viral and bacterial infections, and can cause anaphylaxis

BENZOIC ACID / SODIUM BENZOATE

  • Common causes of eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and hives.
  • Avoid unless naturally derived

POLYQUATERNIUM 7

  • A known eye irritant

METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE

  • Has caused a marked rise in skin irritation

CARBOMER/POLYMERS

  • Acrylic acid used to thicken and smooth cosmetics….acrylics?

BENZALDEHYDE, BENOCAINE, BENZOPHENONE, BENZYL ALCOHOL

  • Cause skin irritation

BUTOXYETHANOL

  • Used as a car coolant…..on your face?

CETEARETH / CETEARETH-20

  • Found to contain the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane

MICROBEADS

  • Touted for active scouring and exfoliating properties, but the real story behind them is plastic – possibly containing phthalates and BPA.
  • There can be as many as 350,000 plastic beads in a single tube

On Top of That……

These chemicals then go out through the drain, into the waterways, into the fish, then back out of the sea, lightly steamed or oven baked with lemon and ginger 🙁

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