Ewww WTF is on your face

In this day and age with companies wanting to increase their profit margins by using cheap ingredients proven to cause toxic damage, is it next to impossible to actually get ‘good’ products?

The ‘good’ and by good I mean free from long term toxicity and actually having benefits to using it. Is oddly enough very difficult to track down. It’s like hunting for four leaf clovers on a soccer pitch.

But just how do know what to look for and what to avoid? Just reading the ingredient list can make you feel like a toddler learning to read for the first time.

There are so many disagreements regarding what is safe and what isn’t when it comes to skin care ingredients. It will make your head spin the more you dig around for answers. There is virtually no regulations regarding the skin care industry and what ingredients they can add to a product; unlike the food and industrial sectors.
It’s up to us to be smart about what we’re really splattering all over our face. Thus essentially absorbing into our blood streams and organs.
To get started and open your eyes a bit, here’s a few ingredients you might want to start avoiding.

Parbens: are aesthetically a preservative used in cosmetics and perfume. They easily penetrate the skin and blood stream and are said to interfere with hormone functions. Studies indicate they age the skin faster and cause DNA damage.

Formaldehyde: another preservative particularly found in shampoos and liquid baby soaps.
What are the health concerns?
Cancer: Formaldehyde is considered a known human carcinogen by many expert and government bodies, including the United States National Toxicology Program

Phthalates: They’re used in cosmetics to hold color and scents.
What are the health concerns?
Two decades of research suggest that phthalates disrupt hormonal systems, which can cause harm during critical periods of development. Phthalate exposure in pregnant women, as measured by urine samples, has been associated with a shortened distance between the anus and genitals in their male babies, indicating a feminization had occurred during prenatal genital development.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphates: This ingredient creates suds; bubbles. It said to be very toxic. The California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a possible developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. It’s also said to do harm on the nervous system and
has caused countless arguments over weather is causes Cancer.

The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. Men, on the other hand, use 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients, on average.

Scary stuff! So do your due diligence before you commit to buying a certain product.