Our skin is the biggest organ of our body and everything that we put on our skin gets absorbed in our blood system. Nowadays, many people consume only certified organic food, so why would you accept anything less for your skin?
Over 10,000 ingredients are allowed for use in personal care products, and an average women uses at least 515 of them on a daily basis, but the bad new is that even 90% of the products are not even tested for safety. The worst part is that almost all the samples of chemicals that are testes are carcinogenic, can cause genetic mutation or birth defects.
A Press Release from the Cancer Prevention Coalition dated June 17, 2002, states, “Cancer and health risk experts just concluded reviews that indicate mainstream cosmetics, and personal hygiene products pose the HIGHEST cancer risk exposure to the general public, even higher than smoking.”
During summer, people use sunscreen in order to protect themselves from the UV rays and even 70% of women apply sunscreen under their makeup. Sadly, sunscreens that contain Retinyl Palmitate, may actually increase the growth of cancerous skin tumors and lesions. Oxybenzone is the most common chemical used in sunscreens which is proven to be endocrine disruptor. Be very careful when you buy sunscreens. It should be mentioned that there are some studies which have confirmed that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer and is our best source of vitamin D.
Solutions: in order to protect yourself when you are going to be outside in the sun all day, we recommend you to use a clear zinc sunscreen, such as Babo Botanical. Spray sunscreens are never suggested.
According to some studies, applying moisturizers such as Vanicream, Dermovan, Dermabase, and Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream could actually increase skin cancer risk. For instance, mineral oils are connected with even 23 different diseases and health issues. Ingredients like Arsenic, Coar Tars, Mineral oils contianed in body moisturizers are linked to skin cancer.
Solutions: Our skin eats. So why not choose to feed it organic, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil?
Deodorants contain chemicals like aluminium, petroleum, Triclosan, Parabens which are prevalent toxins that can make their homes in the fat cells of our breast and underarms, creating havoc in our internal environment. Moreover, deodorants can also harm our central nervous system, endocrine system and metabolic system. Its ingredients are linked to cancer as well.
Solutions: Prepare your own deodorant by mixing organic geranium essential oil with aluminium free baking soda. OR, you can purchase Nourish Organic cream deodorant with geranium.
People with acne and oily skin tend to apply Benzoyl peroxide but this ingredient can put you in a risk for Melanoma. Skin tumor-promoting activity of benzoyl peroxide is a widely used free radical, generating compound.
Solutions: treat your oily skin with organic carrot seed or organic lemon essential oil. These are natural thus far safer and less toxic.
Skin Lighting Creams
Skin lightening creams contain mercury in excess over the legal limit. They are used on the face for hyper-pigmentation, but they are toxic and have never proven for long-lasting results.
Solutions: Make an appointment for a diamond peel at your local spa instead.
Talcum powder’s main ingredient is magnesium silicate. Talc can contain silica and often be contaminated with asbestos. Body powders can increase our risk for ovarian cancers.
Solutions: Instead of using this product, you can prepare a mixture with ¼ cup kuzu root starch and 1/3 cup rice flour with 7 drops of organic lavander essential oil. Another solution is to buy Miessence Organic Body Powder.
There are some mascaras that smell bad, and the reason is because they contain toxic cancer causing chemicals. Conventional mascaras usually include toxic polymers, petroleum distillates, petrolatum, formaldehyde, aluminum, Retinyl Acetate, fragrance, and parabens that can increase the aging process.
Solutions: The best solution for you is to purchase an organic fragrance-free mascara such as Nvey Eco Organic Mascara. Remember to discard your mascara after 6 months of use.
There are some hairsprays that are environmentally risky because manufacturers use shellac, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, denatured alcohol and propylene glycol in their production. Hairsprays can cause multiple chemical sensitivities. Because of their noxious fumes hairsprays can lead to lung damage.
Solutions: You can use Intelligent Nutrients hair balm which is not a spray, but it’s certified organic.
Toothpastes contain several colored dyes, popylene glycol, fluorides, and sodium lauryl sulfate. These have been linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
Solutions: Always choose non-fluoride toothpase, or you can use a dab of Dr Christopher’s Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder.
Revlon has a campaign called “Kisses for the Cure” that urges women to buy lipstick to fight breast cancer, which is totally ironic because the ingredients in their lipstic are Tar, Lead, Formaldehyde, Propyloparaben, etc. and they are all toxic.
Solutions: Most Health Food Stores stock organic lipsticks, such as Ecco Bella.
We all fall into pleasure-traps when choosing fashionable cosmetics and toiletries, but we shouldn’t if we want to keep our health. In order to do that, you should know how to read labels. As a spa owner for almost four decades, I’ve researched ingredients that can disrupt the delicate balance of our skin, hormones, and metabolism. If you see a commercial which is selling a cream or potion to look 20 years younger, my advice would be to disregard this misinformation that may eventually cause you harm.