Tuesday, May 19, 2009

scan ingredients...learn what 'not' to serve your skin

Below is a list of some of the popular toxic skin care ingredients commonly found in many personal care products. When selecting your skin care product, do scan for these 'bad boys' listed on the product's label simply because once these nasties are applied onto our skin, and enter our bloodstream within minutes, we are exposing our health at serious risk!

Artificial Fragrances
are petroleum-based, with a multitude of synthetic chemicals. Often labeled as 'parfum', these chemicals can cause headaches, dizziness or nausea.

DEA (Diethanalomine) are used as emulsifiers and frequently found in detergents, shampoos, dishwashing soaps, bubble baths and face cleaners. They are carcinogens that are readily absorbed by the skin into our bodies which can cause severe facial dermatitis.

Mineral Oil petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. It interferes with skin's ability to eliminate harmful toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Although it offers no skin benefits, it is being used extensively in many skincare products such as baby oil because it is unbelievably cheap!

Parabens are chemical preservatives (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl paraben) found in a great number of personal care products (because they are cheap too!). Parabens mimic estrogen, upsetting normal hormone function. May be linked to breast cancer.

Phthalates are found in perfumes and frangranced personal care products., known to be hormone disrupters. They can potentially harm reproductive and hormonal systems. They also exist in deodorants, nail polish, hair care and lotions. They are not listed in label ingredients as they are part of frangrance ingredient. Manufacturers will not list their fragrance ingredients as they are deemed to be their trade secret.

Propylene Glycol is carcinogenic petroleum ingredient used in antifreeze in car radiator. Used in moisturizers, hand sanitizers and shaving creams as a thickening agent. Can also be found in baby wipes. As it reduces skin's natural moisture, propylene glycol can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives and blistering of skin. Also watch out for PEG and PPG.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
commonly found in many soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpastes. Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants. Known to cause skin corrosion and sever irritation. It is also common source of children eczema and skin irritation, and when found in toothpaste, it may be related to mouth ulcers.

Synthetic Colors
are primarily derived from coal tar whereby coal tar is processed in an environmentally un-friendly industrial manufacturing processes. Over the years, synthetic colorings have been found to be carcinogenic and have the potential to cause nausea, mood swings, headaches and fatigues.

If you decide to look for alternative baby skin care products that are free from these harmful ingredients, you may want to visit Little Green Buddies. There is a wide range of interesting and exciting products in store for for you and your family! Enjoy browsing.

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