I know the word “detox” is on everyone’s lips right now, especially with the popularity of Dr. Oz. There are so many detoxing products and diets for internal organs, but what about external? I’m of course talking about the skin (which is the largest elimination organ in the body). What we put on our skin, can end up in the blood stream , and also other vital organs (think birth control and smoking cessation patches) So that beautiful bright red lipstick you wear every day could be—well toxic. So who governs the ingredients we put in our beauty products? Well, I will tell you who doesn’t The Food and Drug Administration. The first step to detoxing is to avoid putting certain ingredients into the body. Here is the short list of some ingredients to avoid when possible.
Parabens: Parabens are used as preservatives in food and cosmetic products. Parabens are absorbed through the body, and has been found in breast cancer tumors.
Sodium lauryl sulfate / Sodium laureth sulfate: They are the ingredient that ‘foam”. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, and acne treatment. They are the ingredient that ‘foams”. They are known irritants.
Propylene glycol: Skin softening agent, that can be found in moisturizers, sunscreens, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays. Propylene Glycol is a known skin irritant.
Synthetic colors: FD&C or D&C, are artificial colors. FD & C stand for food and drug and D&C stands drug for drug and cosmetics. These synthetic colors are come from petroleum and coal tar. Synthetic colors have been labeled as a human carcinogenic.
Fragrance: Undisclosed chemicals have been that have been linked to complaints such allergies, asthma and hormone disruption.
Phthalates: Can hide under the name “fragrance’. Phthalates are actually plasticizing chemicals, and can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors.
Formaldehyde. Preservative to prevent bacteria growth.It can be found in several beauty products such as nail polish and shampoos, body washes and eye shadows. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogenic
While we can’t be freaked out about everything we come into contact with we can be aware and be educated. For more information on ingredients to avoid as well as what’s in your specific cosmetics, please visit The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The good news is there are wonderful ingredients that you can embrace that will help you put your best face forward without all the nasty toxins. Stay tuned for part two of this article.