Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Mod­ern life expos­es you to an unprece­dent­ed vari­ety of arti­fi­cial chem­i­cals.

cosmeticsAnd some of them show up in the prod­ucts you’re clos­est too – the skin care and cos­met­ic prod­ucts that you lath­er with, beau­ti­fy with, smear on, or use to clean your skin.  Since you can absorb tox­ic chem­i­cals direct­ly through your skin, you may be unknow­ing­ly expos­ing your­self to sig­nif­i­cant harm.

The issue can get quite com­plex.  In fact, the group Chem­i­cal Safe Skin Care esti­mates that an aver­age woman applies 175 dif­fer­ent chem­i­cals to her skin every day.

Here are some ques­tions your might want to ask:

  • What poten­tial­ly harm­ful chem­i­cals are in make­up and skin care prod­ucts?
  • Can you trust the man­u­fac­tur­er to use only ingre­di­ents known to be safe?
  • What if you’re aller­gic or sen­si­tized to cer­tain chem­i­cals?
  • How do dif­fer­ent poten­tial tox­ins inter­act?
  • Are prod­uct labels com­plete and accu­rate?
  • Are prod­ucts tout­ed as “nat­ur­al” or “organ­ic” real­ly any bet­ter?

Cosmetic Database

A patient of mine alert­ed me to a handy data­base that address­es these con­cerns — the Skin Deep Cos­met­ics Data­base.

Gath­er up all your cos­met­ics, skin and body care prod­ucts, tooth­paste, deodor­ant, and the like.  Then enter each one into the data­base.

Dis­cov­er what’s real­ly going on and the steps you can take to pro­tect your­self.


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One Response to Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

  1. nochemicalcosmeticsdotcom says:

    Prod­ucts labelled ‘nat­ur­al’ and even ‘organ­ic’ can legal­ly con­tain chem­i­cals that could be tox­ic.
    See for free reports on how to recog­nise and avoid the chem­i­cals and con­t­a­m­i­nants in the skin care prod­ucts you use.

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