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Be an ingredient detective


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Be an ingredient detective

  1. 1. BE AN INGREDIENT DETECTIVE How to dissect product labels
  2. 2. DOYOU KNOW WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE GETTING INTOYOUR BODY?  When you get up in the morning just think about how many personal care products you use.  Shampoo & conditioner  Soap/ body wash  Toothpaste  Shaving cream  Lotion  Hair styling products  Perfume  Makeup  Deodorant HOW MANY DOYOU USE?
  3. 3. DIDYOU KNOW…. “… the harmful chemicals that you apply to your skin are much more toxic and pose greater cancer and other risks than if you eat them.” –Dr. Samuel Epstein,Toxic Beauty, Former Chair of Cancer Prevention Coalition
  4. 4. ACCORDINGTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP (EWG)  Average woman uses 12 personal care products per day  Average man uses 6  We expose our bodies to126 different chemical ingredients every day from personal care products ALONE. This does NOT take into account re-applications of products throughout the day.  We brush our teeth several times a day, we wash our hands 6-12 times a day, we re-apply sunscreen every few hours that we are in the sun, and we may shower more than once per day!  There are approximately 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics in our country, and in its 30-YEAR history, only eleven percent of those ingredients have been screened. This means that nearly ninety percent of cosmetics ingredients are left un-reviewed and un-tested for safety!
  5. 5. WHAT WE PUT ON OUR SKIN… GETS INTO OUR BODIES!!!  Think Nicotine patches  EITHER….  Most of the chemicals in standard personal care products have never been tested for safety  OR they have been shown to have negative health effects
  6. 6. CHEMICALS IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS  CARCINOGENS- linked to all types of cancers  NEUROTOXINS- affect the brain, its chemistry and/or its functions  REPRODUCTIVETOXINS- linked to reproductive issues in adults that affect babies in utero.  ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS - lead to weight gain & other hormone-related health problems while increasing the risk of breast and prostate cancer  MUTAGENS- actually mutate the cells in the body
  7. 7. WHAT’SWORSE……..  Chemicals are added to personal care products with the SPECIFIC purpose of increasing their absorption into the skin.  Chemicals that we may ingest with products like lipstick, lip gloss, toothpastes and mouthwash AND those that we inhale when perfumes or hairsprays are sprayed into the air, end up in the bloodstream.  Once the chemicals are in the bloodstream, they are carried to various organs, including the brain, liver, kidneys and others, where they have immediate or long-term effects.
  8. 8. THE ARGUMENT…  It’s only a little bit of “that” toxic chemical  Different comfort zones – bodies react differently  And…because the FDA doesn’t regulate the health claims or labeling for personal-care items, the words “herbal,” “natural,” “hypoallergenic” and “nontoxic” used on these products have no legal meaning.
  9. 9. SO,YOU NEED SOME RESOURCES! BHA: causes skin depigmentation & is a known carcinogen. In animals, it produces liver damage & causes stomach cancers.The European Union has banned it. Found in FOOD, food packaging & personal care products in the US. Boric Acid & Sodium Borate: hormone disruptors, especially in men. Linked to lower sperm count and in animals, caused testicular damage. Both Canada & Europe restrict these ingredients. Coal tar: a byproduct of coal processing, a known carcinogen. In most hair dyes
  10. 10. AND THEN…….  Formaldehyde- human carcinogen, asthmagen, neurotoxicant, developmental toxicant. Found in hair straighteners & nail polish  DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Quaternium-15 – cosmetic preservatives to kill bacteria. Known carcinogens that can trigger allergic skin reactions.  Fragrance- Actual ingredients are not listed. There is an average of 14 chemicals in 17 brand name fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrance contain hormone disruptors and among the top 5 allergens in the world.  Hydroquinone- skin bleaching chemical that causes a skin disease. Causes tumor development
  11. 11. NEXT UP…..  Methylisothiazolinone- preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers and causes of contact allergy. Lab studies on brain cells suggest they are neurotoxic.  Nanoparticles- zinc oxide & titanium dioxide are the safer options in sunscreens, but avoid sprays because they can penetrate your lungs, the skin and contaminate the body.  Parabens- estrogen mimicking preservatives, endocrine disrupters and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.  PEGs/CETEARETH/Polyethylene compounds- cleaning agens that are synthetic and contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which is a carcinogen.
  12. 12. AND….  Petroleum- can cause dermatitis and contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. Produced n oil refineries with auto fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstocks  Pthalates- damages the male reproductive system. Many nail polishes contain dibutyl pthalate  Resorcinol- in hair bleaching products, a skin irritant,toxic to the immune system and an allergen. Disrupts normal thyroid function.  Toluene- found in nail polish, it is a solvent and paint thinner. Potent neurotoxin, irritant, impairs breathing & causes nausea. A pregnant woman exposed to the vapors may impair fetal development. Toxic to the immune system, linked to malignant lymphoma.
  13. 13. MORE TO ADD…  Triclosan &Triclocarban- antibacterial and antimicrobial pesticides in liquid soap as well as toothpaste.Very toxic to the aquatic environment. Disrupts thyroid function and reproductive hormones. Overuse may promote bacterial resistance  Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate, retinol) not safe for use on skin.When applied to sun-exposed skin, can increase sun sensitivity. Sunlight breaks down vitamin A to produce toxic free radicals that damages DNA and hastens skin lesions & tumors in lab animals.Widely used in sunscreens  DEA,TEA, MEA- Hormone disruptors; possible carcinogens, may react & form cancer-causing nitrosamines; easily absorbed through skin to accumulate in body
  14. 14. LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…  Sulfates- Eye and skin irritant, can combine with other ingredients to form carcinogenic nitrosamines  Aluminum- All Antiperspirants contain aluminum, not only linked to Alzheimer's but breast cancer  Sunscreen chemicals: Para amino benzoic acid,Avobenzone, Cinoxate, Dioxybenzone, Phenylbenzimidazole, 4-MBC, OXYBENZONE, Homosalate  Propylene Glycol- used to de-ice planes, petroleum plastic so toxic requires gloves- leads to brain, liver & kidney abnormalities  Benzyl Peroxide- an acne chemical, has mutagenic properties  Dioxin- used with triclosan, often unlabeled, causes cancer, reduced immunity & nervous system disorders, miscarriage
  15. 15. ARMED & SAFE…..  Since these chemicals are out there, we need to be armed with the knowledge about which toxic ingredients to watch out for to protect ourselves and our families.  CHECK OUT: Be an Ingredient Detective: Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products. L  Lists some of the most commonly found toxic chemicals in personal care products that have been linked to a number of health problems.  There are others  Cosmetics manufacturers are not required to use the FDA’s ingredient name convention guidelines, one ingredient can be spelled and labeled many different ways in different products.
  16. 16. ALWAYS READ THE LABELS……  Regardless of what the label says!!  Labels are tricky, be trickier!  Avoid any product that doesn’t seem right  Buy ORGANIC  Make your own!