Ten Reasons To Buy Organic Skin Care and Toiletries:
1) The positive choices we make will have a lasting effect on our health and the health of the environment. We are exposed to all sorts of chemicals from foods, cosmetics, skin care, toiletries, and house cleaning products we use daily. Not all chemicals are dangerous but some are. When the toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies, studies have shown that they cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects.
2) Our skin is the largest and thinnest organ of the body. It is highly permeable which means that anything you rub on it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. When you use products made from synthetic chemicals, our skin absorbs much of it which is why it is important to use skin care products that contain pure and organic ingredients and nothing else.
3) The liver primary functions are to refine and detoxify everything you eat, breathe, and absorb through your skin. Some ingredients in our everyday products are so toxic that they damage the liver leading to liver cancer.
4) Although there are two important laws pertaining to cosmetics marketed in the United States, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) , the Food and Drug Administration in the United States (FDA) does not approve cosmetic products before they on the market, with the exception of color additives. The FDA only has legal authority in foods, drugs, biologics, and medical devices. If you are wondering who is responsible for ensuring the safety of the ingredients in our cosmetics and toiletries, the cosmetic firms are responsible for substantiating the safety of their products and ingredients before marketing.
5) Since the FDA does not regulate the cosmetics industry, this means that ingredients that are illegal for companies to put in our foods and medicines, may be included in our skin care products and toiletries.
6) "The Story of Cosmetics " is a seven-minute video that reveals the implications for consumer and worker
health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry
away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. Natural makeup is healthier for you in the long run because you are not ingesting or absorbing toxic chemicals into your body.
7) Make informed choices and be conscientious of the ingredients in the products you buy. Just because the product is labeled "pure, natural or organic" does not necessarily mean that it is good for you. Take the time to read over the ingredients label of the product. Familiarize yourself with some of the common toxic ingredients listed below.
8) By law, ingredients must be listed in order of quantity with ingredients used in the greatest amount listed first and the ingredients used in the smallest amount at the end of the list.
9) The simpler and recognizeable the ingredients, the better it is for you. Look for pure, organic or certified organic ingredients that are plant based rather than science based. When you buy organic skin care products and toiletries, you are supporting organic sustainable farming which means no pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other toxic chemicals. You are also supporting manufacturers who avoid using unnecessary synthetic chemicals in their products.
10) Some of the most common synthetic, unnatural ingredients in our skin care and toiletries have adverse affects on our health. The deadly dozen common ingredients are:
- Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol - petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents that can easily penetrate the skin, and can weaken protein and cellular structure.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - foaming agents and dissolve the oil in our skin. They are known to cause eye, scalp, and skin irritation as well as damage to the hair follicle. These chemicals are used in engine degreasers, laundry detergent, and carpet cleaners.
- Diethanolamine(DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) & Triethanolamine(TEA) - these chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. They are used as emulsifiers, thickeners, wetting agents, detergents, and alkalizing agents. Repeated skin application of DEA was found to cause liver and kidney damage in laboratory animals.
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) - PEG compounds often contain small amounts of ethylene oxide. According to experimental results reported on in the National Toxicology Program's Eighth Annual Report on Carcinogens, ethylene oxide increases the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer.
- Sodium Hydroxide - an additive that is a strong irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal system if ingested.
- Triclosan - artificial antimicrobial chemical used to kill bacteria on the skin and other surfaces. Recent studies suggest this chemical may disrupt thyroid function (Veldhoen 2006) and may also disrupt other critical hormone systems.
- DMDM and Urea (Imidazolidnyl) - a preservative used to to prevent molds, mildews, and bacterial spoilage. It may irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations.
- Parabens (Begins with: Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Isoprobly, Isobutly) - antimicrobial preservatives to help products last longer. Samples of breast cancer tissues have shown six different parabens used in cosmetic products.
- Alcohol (Ethyl, Ethanol, Isopropyl) - a solvent and denaturant (substance that changes another substance's natural qualities) and has a drying effect on your skin or hair.
- Phthalates - used to moisturize and to help chemicals absorb into the skin. Phthalates are considered hazardous waste and are regulated as pollutants in air and water buts are unregulated in food, cosmetics, and medical products in the U.S. In contrast, the European Union restricts use of some phthalates.
- FD&C Color Pigments - "Food, Drug, and Cosmetic" artificial color pigments that are usually made from coal tar that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation.
- Fragrances - 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. (Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace, Report by the Committee on Science & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 16, 1986. (Report 99-827))