“Organic” and “all-natural” are the newest coveted labels on the market. Unfortunately, there isn’t always truth in advertising, but there are some simple ways that you can make sure your skin care is safe.
Because your skin is porous, toxic chemicals in your skin care can easily make their way into your blood stream and have damaging effects on your health.
Finding skin care and makeup that works for you can often be challenging. We aren’t all ready to trade our old favorites for truly natural options, but even small changes can make a difference in the long run.
To start making less toxic choices, look out for the ingredients below. Also, visit Skin Deep, a great resource listing the specific toxicity of products when you search their database.
Used in everything from laxatives to skin creams and sexual lubricants. PEG helps to open your skin pores in order and is often used to ‘tap’ ingredients (good and bad) into your skin. PEG’s, which appear followed by a number, have been linked in cancer, birth defects, infertility and toxification of the body’s organs
Because the creation of perfumes is a highly secretive art, regulation of what goes into your favorite bottle is not so easy. With thousands of ingredients going into creating that perfect smell, manufacturers are not forced to list everything that makes you smell so nice on Friday night. Ingredients have been shown to trigger allergic reactions and migraines cause birth defects and the feminization of infant boys.
This crude-oil based jelly like substance is used to lock moisture into skin and make hair shiny. Petrolatum prevents cell-turnover, which means that it causes premature aging. It also has cancer causing side effects. Environment Canada has classified petrolatum as a possible carcinogen, a possible mutagen, and a suspected environmental toxin.
Used as a preservative in baby creams, anti-aging creams and more, this ingredient has been shown to cause damage to the brain and nervous system, cancers, and allergies.
This antibacterial pesticide is used in many cleaners, face washes, lotions and sunscreens. Classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it has been linked to cancer, endocrine defects and creates drug resistant super-bacteria.
This ingredient in ultra-sensitive baby wash and more breaks down to create formaldehyde. Used as a preservative it has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies and skin irritation.
Parabens are used as preservatives in over 25,000 skin care and hair products. Parabens have been shown to cause breast cancer causing many products to begin labeling themselves as paraben free. While most products include parabens because small doses are not harmful, the cumulative effect of using many products containing these chemicals can have a harmful effect on your system.
* Sources: all articles linked above, Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database,