Everyday we try to do right by watching what we eat and exercising a few times a week. What we don’t seem to realize is that the products that we use everyday can be harming our health.
Such products are:
These everyday products contribute many different types of toxins to our health by absorption on our skin and through our lungs by breathing in these chemicals. Not to mention the harmful effect it has on our environment and animals as welfare.Health Concerns
There are very few women who do not use cosmetics today whether it is makeup, creams and /or lotions. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and lungs and increases risks for diseases that appear later on in life.
Over 100 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, psychological abnormalities, skin reactions, headaches, depression, joint pain, chronic fatigue, chest pains, dizziness, loss of sleep, asthma. . .the list goes on.
Housewives have a 55% higher risk of getting cancer than do women working outside the home.Environment
Cosmetics and household cleaning products also contribute to garbage making its way to landfills through drains and/ or used tissues.
Plastic containers, tubes and special packaging also find its way to landfills and are not disposed off properly. Laundry detergent is a huge culprit for the pollution in the ocean; affecting underwater wildlife.Animal Welfare
Every year, millions of animals suffer and die in painful tests to determine the "safety" of cosmetics and household products. Substances ranging from eye shadow and soap to furniture polish and oven cleaner are tested on rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, dogs, and other animals, despite the fact that test results do not help prevent or treat human illness or injury. Statistics points out that 50% of the animals die two or three weeks after the experimentation.
Twelve ingredients to avoid
1. BHA and BHT
: Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected
endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other
2. Coal tar dyes
: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as "CI" followed by five digits. P-phenylenediamine is used in some hair dyes; other colours are used in a variety of cosmetics. Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.
3. DEA-related ingredients
: Used in some creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and
shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
4. Dibutyl phthalate
: Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
: Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
6. Paraben, methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben
: Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
: Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics. Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.
8. PEGs (e.g., PEG -60)
: Used in some cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
: Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in
some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. Can be contaminated with polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.
: Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
11. Sodium laureth sulfate
: Used in some foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
: Used in some antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and deodorants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.Supplements that I recommend to help detox your body from daily toxins are
Where to buy Chemical free house cleaning products?
Nowadays these products are more readily available. You can pick them up at your local grocery store such as metro, Sobeys, Loblaw’s, and Shoppers Drug Mart and of course any health food
store.Where to buy cosmetics and hygiene products
Majority of health food stores and some grocery chains now carry lines of organic, chemical free cosmetics and hygiene products. There are many brands to choose from and at different price ranges. You can also check online for more selections and brandsTo check whether or not your cosmetics contain these harmful ingredients check out the link below: www.cosmeticsdatabase.com