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What Are You Feeding Your Skin?

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the bottles of skin care, shampoo, or makeup? Words like BHA, Dibutyl phthalate, DMDM hydantoin, methenamine…I could go on and on but the point being made is that most of us don’t know the meaning of these words and the effects they may have on our bodies.

Did you know that 1 in 8 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals such as carcinogens and pesticides? Many of these chemicals have been directly related to developmental and reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption and cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has found 11 carcinogenic chemicals that are currently being used in personal care products: Formaldehyde, Phenacetin, Coal Tar, Benzene, Mineral Oils (untreated or mildly treated), Ethylene oxide, Heavy Metals, Cadmium, Arsenic, Chromium and Silica. It is unfortunate that many of these chemicals are prohibited in Japan and Europe because of unacceptable risks of harm to the environment & human health and still deemed safe in the US. I myself have been oblivious to these findings and will be re-evaluating my own makeup collection.

Credo is a website that is dedicated to never carrying products with known harmful ingredients, they are eco friendly, cruelty free and organic. Their mission is to change the way people perceive the products they are putting on their bodies. I have found in my research that beauty should not come with health risks. I encourage you to educate yourself further on this subject, read labels & avoid products containing these carcinogenic chemicals listed above.

References

  • National Toxicology Program; Report on Carcinogens, www.ntp.niehs.nih.gov
  • International Agency for Research on Cancer, Monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to Humans , www.monographs.iarc.fr
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov

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