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Feeding Your Skin – Could That Be The Cause? What’s In Your Cosmetics Skincare?

Make-up, skincare, big brand names, or whatever,  a great deal of these are filled with chemicals, imagine applying these chemicals into your skin.

Once upon a time, I used cosmetics without thinking.  In fact, I liked the “branded” names to feel good and thought I’ll pay extra for the better items.

I was interested in “healthy” skincare after I moved to the US, and saw the various options available here.

Even then, I did not seriously consider the impact of applying “chemical” cosmetics to my skin.

Now, I use an Aubrey Organics cleanser to clean and coconut oil to moisturize.

For makeup, I use mineral powder (after the coconut oil is absorbed into the skin), Suncoat eyeliner and Burt’s Bees shimmer lip gloss.

For winter skin, I have applied a ghee and honey mixture over my face and wash and cleanse as usual – it really works – my skin is soft and does not dry and pull as easily.

The list below is quite comprehensive.

See the first ingredient – parabens – you will see on “no parabens” or “paraben-free” on cosmetics/skincare but if you read the other ingredients, you may still spot other chemicals.

That last ingredient is used to make sodium benzoate (used to preserve food – I have another post on sodium benzoate).




Parabens Heavily used preservatives in the cosmetic industry; used in an estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products. Studies implicate their connection with cancer because their hormone-disrupting qualities mimic estrogen and could disrupt your body’s endocrine system.
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum These petroleum products coat the skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development,creating earlier signs of aging. They’re implicated as a suspected cause of cancer. Plus, they can disrupt hormonal activity. When you think about black oil pumped from deep underground, ask yourself why you’d want to put that kind of stuff on your skin…
Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) Found in over 90% of personal care products!They break down your skin’s moisture barrier, potentially leading to dry skin with premature aging. And because they easily penetrate your skin, they can allow other chemicals easy access. SLS combined with other chemicals may become a “nitrosamine” – a potent carcinogen.
Acrylamide Found in many facial creams. Linked to mammary tumors.
Propylene glycol Common cosmetic moisturizer and carrier for fragrance oils. May cause dermatitis and skin irritation. May inhibit skin cell growth. Linked to kidney and liver problems.
Phenol carbolic acid Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure.
Dioxane Hidden in ingredients such as PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Very common in personal care products. These chemicals are often contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane that’s easily absorbed through the skin. Its carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965, and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages are considered extremely vulnerable, making it, in my opinion, a really bad idea to use these things on your face.
Toluene May be very poisonous! Made from petroleum and coal tar… found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage…May affect a developing fetus.

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No


August 28, 2009 - Posted by | Toxic Toxic Toxic

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