Thursday, September 13, 2012

Not So Beautiful

Why manufacturers keep pumping our beauty products with toxic chemicals is beyond me.   A girl needs to look out for herself these days...

Here's 5 Ingredients to Avoid:
  1. Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate - foaming agent, common in cleansers, shampoos & toothpaste.  It penetrates the skin, allowing other chemicals to ride it's coat tails.
  2. Phthalates - texture enhancer, common in fragrance, nail polish, shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, antiperspirants, sunscreens, lotions & creams.  Increases the penetration of other chemicals.
  3. Parabens (aka Ethyl, Methyl, Propyl, Butyl) - preservative in many products, can cause allergic reactions & mess with the immune system.
  4. Mineral Oil, Petroleum Jelly/Petrolatum - found in moisturizers & cosmetics.  Prevents the skin from breathing, leading to blackheads.
  5. Synthetic Dyes & Colors - may be toxic

Click here for even more ingredients to avoid.

If you're ever in doubt, you can consult the non-profit Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetic database for the down & dirty, non-influenced facts and toxic ratings of more than 75k products.

Keep It Healthy!
The Hoff 

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