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Ingredients matter. Here are some of the most common, yet potentially harmful ones commonly found in our every day beauty and home products...
Parabens - (Methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben) synthetic preservatives that can build up in our tissues over time and become potential endocrine disrupters (aka: they mess with our natural hormone balances which can lead to hormone-related issues and cancers) a deeper look
Sodium Lauryl (Laureth or Myreth) Sulfate - cleaning agents that irritate the skin, strip our bodies of natural protective oils, and are potential carcinogens (cancer causing substances) a deeper look
Glycols - originally developed for use in anti-freeze, as a de-icer for planes, and for brake fluid. This chemical is used in personal care products to keep things from drying out and is usually listed under "propylene glycol (PG)," "polyethylene glycol (PEG)," or "ethylene glycol (EG)" a deeper look
Phthalates - synthetic fragrances that can be toxic, linked to birth defects and developmental problems (often found in hair sprays, deodorants, nail polishes, and perfumes) a deeper look
What can we do about it?
Buy products that are certified organic. The certification means that a product only contains organically produced ingredients, free from toxic and persistent pesticides, heavy metals, and irradiation (exposing items to radiation to lengthen shelf life).
You can also go to Skin Deep and look up the toxicity ratings of products you currently use or are interested in buying. There, you can find less harmful alternatives to what you currently use and find out just how bad (or good) some products are.
It's not easy to make a total switch, especially when you have been using the same products for years, but I hope you see how important it is to protect ourselves from chemicals that should never be in contact with our skin. I'm about half way there with my daily line-up. So far I've made the switch to safe: mascara, blush, bronzer, deodorant, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and fabric softener. I can say one thing, my skin is much better after the switch.