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BREAKING NEWS: Organixx Launches Cleanest Skincare Line for You
Empowering You Organically - Video Edition
We are excited to announce today that Organixx is launching its first ever skincare line.  This is a new category for us.  The skincare line is called Organixx Skin.  And we are excited to announce as well that our first product is a vitamin C serum called Restore.   * * *   Featured Product Organixx Skin: Restore  Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum has the very best combination of ingredients in our proprietary formula to help keep your skin baby smooth, soft, supple, and amazing! The Most Scientifically Advanced Topical Vitamin C on Earth, Designed to Keep Your Skin Youthful, Radiant, and Healthy for the Long Term!   ***   Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market.     Organixx SKIN Has High Standards and High Quality Always made with clean, organic ingredients. We’re going to blend the most efficacious ingredients together, that work synergistically together, to get you the best results.   What Went Into The Formulation We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the requirements that take place to having an organic skincare line. In the United States, there are only a handful of ingredients that are restricted from being used in skincare and cosmetics. Outside of the United States, there are over 1,000 restricted ingredients that we use in the United States today to manufacture our cosmetics, our skincare products, our household products.  These are toxic, poisonous, deadly chemicals that we are using in our products day-in and day-out.  We wanted to make sure that we stayed away from all of those ingredients, and we have.  We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the organizations that are working so hard to make sure that we are providing clean, high-quality ingredients in our skincare products. We have looked at the requirements of a company called EWG, who is one of the best resources for looking at the ingredients in your skincare and household products to make sure that they are clean. Also, an organization called Made Safe, who is working, just like EWG, to make sure that our products, and all of the products out there, are in alignment with having high-quality, clean, organic products that are environmentally safe and safe for you and your health. We are working right now to obtain certification from both companies, and we are confident that we will receive it from both, because of the cleanliness of the ingredients in our product. We are working really hard to formulate products that we are proud of and that beat out everyone else in the industry, and one of the things that we’re doing is not including preservatives in our products. Preservatives allow multiple things to take place when it comes to manufacturing a product. One of those things is, is it’s a longer shelf life, not only for the company, but also for the user of the product.    A Holistic Approach To Health While you’ll absolutely see benefits from using a product like this on your skin, just like supplements and food and everything else that we educate you on, you have to be looking at your body and your health holistically. Ideally, if you want the most beautiful, amazing, radiant skin, it comes down to your nutrition, your health, your sleep patterns, and the skincare products that you’re using on your skin day-in and day-out.    Restore Ingredients Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C)  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is a naturally occurring water-soluble derivative of vitamin C. It is the most stable form of vitamin C, which means it does not oxidize, making it a preferred choice for cosmetic formulations. One of the largest benefits of Vitamin C is its ability to limit oxidative stress in the body. Viewed as one of the largest contributors to aging, oxidative stress occurs when the cells of the body sustain permanent damage due to highly reactive particles known as free radicals. Contained in sunlight and in elements in the atmosphere, free radicals are constantly acting on the body, producing microscopic amounts of damage. Over time, this damage accumulates, leading to the development of signs of aging.  What about the age spots? Melanin is the skins pigment responsible for giving skin its natural color, and when produced in excessive amounts, causes age spots, freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. Since Vitamin C disrupts the manufacturing of melanin in the body, it is useful in treating many types of skin discoloration   Aqua (deionized water) Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful when impurities are considered undesirable, such as in skin care. The lack of ions causes the water's resistivity to an electrical flow to increase. Ultra-pure deionized water can have a theoretical maximum resistivity up to 1000 times greater than common tap water. This means that pure deionized water is theoretically up to 1000 times more soluble than common tap water – and is a good solvent in skin care products.   Hammemelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body. Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis. Witch hazel is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage when applied topically.   Cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (Plant-based Hyaluronic Acid) When talking about skin care ingredients, we have to get a little scientific on you, but Hyaluronic Acid is one skin care ingredient that you’ll want to geek out on. “Acid” may sound a little scary, but Hyaluronic Acid is the good kind of acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body with the highest volume found in the skin and the highest concentrations found in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic Acid is extremely hydrating, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for moisturizing. Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful substance that, when harnessed in skin care products, affects the way skin responds to injury, dehydration, and other unfavorable skin issues. Wondering why so many skin care products are packed with Hyaluronic Acid if it occurs naturally in our bodies? The truth is that we produce Hyaluronic Acid in small amounts, and this amount decreases even more with age. Hyaluronic Acid is also synthesized and used daily by the body, so to keep Hyaluronic Acid levels up in your skin, be sure to use Hyaluronic Acid products regularly.   Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM) -MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.   Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. Photoprotection refers to the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E levels also decrease with age. However, vitamin E is available in many foods, in supplement form, and as an ingredient in products applied topically.   Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract The amino acids in Aloe work to soften skin cells. This combined with the increase in cell growth results in skin that is less wrinkled and more elastic. Aloe also stimulates skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which is a chemical that holds water. Because of this, regular use of skin care products containing Aloe will result in fuller, more moisturized skin.   Glycerin (Vegetable source) According to a 2008, glycerin can: hydrate the outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum) improve skin barrier function and skin mechanical properties provide protection against skin irritants accelerate wound-healing processes Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin. Moreover, vegetable glycerin may act as a barrier to safeguard your skin from the elements, including wind and cold.   Matrixyl 3000 Restores the skin’s metabolism of youth! The anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 is very well known. It is the first anti-ageing ingredient based on the matrikine peptide technology, plus its efficiency has been demonstrated on both women and men as illustrated in the following studies: A clinical study using female panelists, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl® 3000, the surface occupied by deep wrinkles was reduced by 45%, and the skin’s tonicity increased by nearly 20%. In a separate 2-month clinical study conducted on a panel of men, the anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 was confirmed. As the wrinkle volume decreases (-17.1%), the spread angle increases (+5.4%), which leads to a reduction of the surface occupied by deep wrinkles of nearly 30%.   Skin Tightener ST Combination of marine and botanical polymers for an INSTANT TIGHTENING EFFECT Provides an immediate skin smoothing effect. This is a clean combination of marine and botanical polymers for an instant tightening effect.   When should you use Vitamin C serum?  “Apply your Vitamin C before your moisturizer for the best results,” says Annie Tevelin, green beauty expert and founder of SkinOwl. “Let it dry for one minute before applying a moisturizer with SPF.”  There’s no real consensus among skincare experts on whether you’re better off wearing your serum in the morning or at night. Think of it in the daytime as another layer to protect your skin from free radicals and UV, and at night as a way to “undo oxidative damage from the day,” says dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse of Rapaport Dermatology. So twice a day is a good rule of thumb.   What color should your Vitamin C serum be? Vitamin C is quite unstable in its purest form, so look for stable formulas that are mixed with Vitamin E to balance it out. This means that, just like a sliced apple will brown when exposed to air, Vitamin C serums often oxidize over time. “When purchasing Vitamin C, it should be a very light yellowish color (almost clear). Over time it will start to darken, adjusting from yellow to orange to brown, eventually becoming black,” says esthetician Melissa Lekus.  That said, you shouldn’t keep using a formula that has oxidized, logic says. “If the serum has turned brown, return it and cease any use of it. Absolutely do not use if it has turned brown.”     * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part1-episode-55/ Part 2 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part-2-episode-56/    Organixx Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0    Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Made Safe https://www.madesafe.org/   Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate https://simpleskincarescience.com/sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate/   Deionized Water https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-deionized-water.htm   Witch Hazel https://draxe.com/nutrition/herbs/witch-hazel/   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Dimethyl Sulfone https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702065/DIMETHYL_SULFONE/   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Aloe Vera https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html   Vegetable Glycerin https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetable-glycerin   Matrixyl 3000 Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5108505/
BREAKING NEWS: Organixx Launches Cleanest Skincare Line for You
Empowering You Organically - Audio Edition
We are excited to announce today that Organixx is launching its first ever skincare line.  This is a new category for us.  The skincare line is called Organixx Skin.  And we are excited to announce as well that our first product is a vitamin C serum called Restore.   * * *   Featured Product Organixx Skin: Restore  Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum has the very best combination of ingredients in our proprietary formula to help keep your skin baby smooth, soft, supple, and amazing! The Most Scientifically Advanced Topical Vitamin C on Earth, Designed to Keep Your Skin Youthful, Radiant, and Healthy for the Long Term!   ***   Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market.     Organixx SKIN Has High Standards and High Quality Always made with clean, organic ingredients. We’re going to blend the most efficacious ingredients together, that work synergistically together, to get you the best results.   What Went Into The Formulation We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the requirements that take place to having an organic skincare line. In the United States, there are only a handful of ingredients that are restricted from being used in skincare and cosmetics. Outside of the United States, there are over 1,000 restricted ingredients that we use in the United States today to manufacture our cosmetics, our skincare products, our household products.  These are toxic, poisonous, deadly chemicals that we are using in our products day-in and day-out.  We wanted to make sure that we stayed away from all of those ingredients, and we have.  We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the organizations that are working so hard to make sure that we are providing clean, high-quality ingredients in our skincare products. We have looked at the requirements of a company called EWG, who is one of the best resources for looking at the ingredients in your skincare and household products to make sure that they are clean. Also, an organization called Made Safe, who is working, just like EWG, to make sure that our products, and all of the products out there, are in alignment with having high-quality, clean, organic products that are environmentally safe and safe for you and your health. We are working right now to obtain certification from both companies, and we are confident that we will receive it from both, because of the cleanliness of the ingredients in our product. We are working really hard to formulate products that we are proud of and that beat out everyone else in the industry, and one of the things that we’re doing is not including preservatives in our products. Preservatives allow multiple things to take place when it comes to manufacturing a product. One of those things is, is it’s a longer shelf life, not only for the company, but also for the user of the product.    A Holistic Approach To Health While you’ll absolutely see benefits from using a product like this on your skin, just like supplements and food and everything else that we educate you on, you have to be looking at your body and your health holistically. Ideally, if you want the most beautiful, amazing, radiant skin, it comes down to your nutrition, your health, your sleep patterns, and the skincare products that you’re using on your skin day-in and day-out.    Restore Ingredients Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C)  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is a naturally occurring water-soluble derivative of vitamin C. It is the most stable form of vitamin C, which means it does not oxidize, making it a preferred choice for cosmetic formulations. One of the largest benefits of Vitamin C is its ability to limit oxidative stress in the body. Viewed as one of the largest contributors to aging, oxidative stress occurs when the cells of the body sustain permanent damage due to highly reactive particles known as free radicals. Contained in sunlight and in elements in the atmosphere, free radicals are constantly acting on the body, producing microscopic amounts of damage. Over time, this damage accumulates, leading to the development of signs of aging.  What about the age spots? Melanin is the skins pigment responsible for giving skin its natural color, and when produced in excessive amounts, causes age spots, freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. Since Vitamin C disrupts the manufacturing of melanin in the body, it is useful in treating many types of skin discoloration   Aqua (deionized water) Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful when impurities are considered undesirable, such as in skin care. The lack of ions causes the water's resistivity to an electrical flow to increase. Ultra-pure deionized water can have a theoretical maximum resistivity up to 1000 times greater than common tap water. This means that pure deionized water is theoretically up to 1000 times more soluble than common tap water – and is a good solvent in skin care products.   Hammemelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body. Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis. Witch hazel is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage when applied topically.   Cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (Plant-based Hyaluronic Acid) When talking about skin care ingredients, we have to get a little scientific on you, but Hyaluronic Acid is one skin care ingredient that you’ll want to geek out on. “Acid” may sound a little scary, but Hyaluronic Acid is the good kind of acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body with the highest volume found in the skin and the highest concentrations found in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic Acid is extremely hydrating, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for moisturizing. Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful substance that, when harnessed in skin care products, affects the way skin responds to injury, dehydration, and other unfavorable skin issues. Wondering why so many skin care products are packed with Hyaluronic Acid if it occurs naturally in our bodies? The truth is that we produce Hyaluronic Acid in small amounts, and this amount decreases even more with age. Hyaluronic Acid is also synthesized and used daily by the body, so to keep Hyaluronic Acid levels up in your skin, be sure to use Hyaluronic Acid products regularly.   Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM) -MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.   Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. Photoprotection refers to the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E levels also decrease with age. However, vitamin E is available in many foods, in supplement form, and as an ingredient in products applied topically.   Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract The amino acids in Aloe work to soften skin cells. This combined with the increase in cell growth results in skin that is less wrinkled and more elastic. Aloe also stimulates skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which is a chemical that holds water. Because of this, regular use of skin care products containing Aloe will result in fuller, more moisturized skin.   Glycerin (Vegetable source) According to a 2008, glycerin can: hydrate the outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum) improve skin barrier function and skin mechanical properties provide protection against skin irritants accelerate wound-healing processes Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin. Moreover, vegetable glycerin may act as a barrier to safeguard your skin from the elements, including wind and cold.   Matrixyl 3000 Restores the skin’s metabolism of youth! The anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 is very well known. It is the first anti-ageing ingredient based on the matrikine peptide technology, plus its efficiency has been demonstrated on both women and men as illustrated in the following studies: A clinical study using female panelists, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl® 3000, the surface occupied by deep wrinkles was reduced by 45%, and the skin’s tonicity increased by nearly 20%. In a separate 2-month clinical study conducted on a panel of men, the anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 was confirmed. As the wrinkle volume decreases (-17.1%), the spread angle increases (+5.4%), which leads to a reduction of the surface occupied by deep wrinkles of nearly 30%.   Skin Tightener ST Combination of marine and botanical polymers for an INSTANT TIGHTENING EFFECT Provides an immediate skin smoothing effect. This is a clean combination of marine and botanical polymers for an instant tightening effect.   When should you use Vitamin C serum?  “Apply your Vitamin C before your moisturizer for the best results,” says Annie Tevelin, green beauty expert and founder of SkinOwl. “Let it dry for one minute before applying a moisturizer with SPF.”  There’s no real consensus among skincare experts on whether you’re better off wearing your serum in the morning or at night. Think of it in the daytime as another layer to protect your skin from free radicals and UV, and at night as a way to “undo oxidative damage from the day,” says dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse of Rapaport Dermatology. So twice a day is a good rule of thumb.   What color should your Vitamin C serum be? Vitamin C is quite unstable in its purest form, so look for stable formulas that are mixed with Vitamin E to balance it out. This means that, just like a sliced apple will brown when exposed to air, Vitamin C serums often oxidize over time. “When purchasing Vitamin C, it should be a very light yellowish color (almost clear). Over time it will start to darken, adjusting from yellow to orange to brown, eventually becoming black,” says esthetician Melissa Lekus.  That said, you shouldn’t keep using a formula that has oxidized, logic says. “If the serum has turned brown, return it and cease any use of it. Absolutely do not use if it has turned brown.”     * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part1-episode-55/ Part 2 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part-2-episode-56/    Organixx Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0    Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Made Safe https://www.madesafe.org/   Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate https://simpleskincarescience.com/sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate/   Deionized Water https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-deionized-water.htm   Witch Hazel https://draxe.com/nutrition/herbs/witch-hazel/   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Dimethyl Sulfone https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702065/DIMETHYL_SULFONE/   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Aloe Vera https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html   Vegetable Glycerin https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetable-glycerin   Matrixyl 3000 Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5108505/
Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You - Part 2
Empowering You Organically - Video Edition
The beauty industry isn’t so beautiful. Last week we covered the first 6 toxic ingredients to avoid in your skincare products. This week we tackle the remaining 6. How many products in your cabinets contain these ingredients? Please listen in - educate yourself for your health and peace of mind.   Featured Product Clean Sourced Collagens Features five collagen types from four different sources! Contains eight grams of protein per serving Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Helps ease joint stiffness and discomfort Formulated with vitamin C, horsetail extract, and zinc for maximum absorption Odorless, flavorless formula easily mixes into water, juice, or smoothies   * * *   Why Skincare Impacts Your Health Skin is the biggest organ on your body. Skin absorbs everything that we put on it. Skincare is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.   “Fake Skincare” In March of 2019, the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, reported that US regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world. More than 40 nations, ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany, to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam, have enacted regulations specifically targeting the safety and ingredients of cosmetics and personal care products. Some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products. By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons. This is one of the most under-regulated industries but one of the most lucrative industries in the United States.   Why Do Regulations Matter? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) They curate the Skin Deep database of ingredients used in personal care products and their safety concerns on human health. Biggest advocates for clean ingredients in your products. If your skincare product is backed by the EWG, it means they’ve done their homework, they’ve taken the time to look at clean ingredients. The EWG has a scale that rates products from 1 to 5 as far as cleanliness and safety.     Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Why Ingredient: DEA COMPOUNDS (DIETHANOLAMINE) Typically Found In: DEA and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy. Why You Should Avoid: These cause mild skin and eye irritation. Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid. DEA is also possible hormone disruptor, has shown limited evidence of carcinogenicity and depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.   Ingredient: FRAGRANCE/PARFUM Typically Found In: Apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances. Why You Should Avoid:  These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. The catchall term “fragrance” may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm. In laboratory experiments, individual fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label.    Ingredient: PEG COMPOUNDS (POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS) Typically Found In: Scrubs, body wash, makeup, toothpaste PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers and hence used for products requiring a cream base and also in laxatives. Why You Should Avoid: Those tiny plastic beads in face or lip scrubs and exfoliating washes are made from polyethylene (used because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells). These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the U.S. government considers a probable human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin. Polyethylene has been noted as a skin irritant and should never be used on broken skin. Polyethylene beads in scrubs and body washes also are not filtered by our sewage systems, meaning they can collect pollutants and travel into waterways, where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals.   Ingredient: PETROLATUM Typically Found In: Petrolatum, also known as petroleum jelly, is used in industry to lubricate machinery – so what is it doing to our bodies? Petrolatum has been used for years to lock in moisture, heal chapped lips, soothe noses raw from sniffles, and protect against diaper rash, as well as to treat cuts and burns. It is an ingredient in one out of every 14 cosmetic products on any given shelf, which includes 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby products. So what’s the big deal? Why You Should Avoid: Scarily enough, petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne. Petrolatum locks in moisture, yes – but does not allow moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere. In short, our body gets accustomed to petrolatum’s barrier and slowly become less and less efficient at its own detoxifying and moisturizing processes.   Ingredient: TRICLOSAN Typically Found In: Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds. Triclosan is classified as a pesticide. Why You Should Avoid: Triclosan was all the rage as antibacterial products became ubiquitous in the 1990s. But…it can pass through skin and can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents. It acts like estrogen in the body and has high rates of skin allergy. (High toxicity concern.) The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan. Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects. We personally use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.   Ingredient: SILOXANES  Siloxanes are a group of chemicals that are, as the name suggests, derived from silicone. Typically Found In: Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants. Why You Should Avoid: The risks associated with siloxanes are far too many. Siloxanes are known endocrine disruptors that interfere with human hormone function, and could even possibly impair fertility. Research has shown that they not only cause uterine tumors, but can also skew the functioning of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. On top of that, siloxanes resist degradation and therefore pose harm to aquatic life and wildlife.   Ingredient: PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE) Typically Found In: nail polish and other nail products, perfume, makeup remover, hairspray, deodorant Why You Should Avoid: Phthalates are sneaky endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic the body’s hormones, therefore throwing the entire endocrine system off balance. They cause both hormonal and neurological damage, and in the case of pregnant women, may also cause major birth defects. The worst part? You will rarely find the word “phthalates” on a label. Some products do market themselves as phthalate-free, but what about the other slew of synthetics on our department store’s beauty shelf? You can identify phthalates by their abbreviated chemical components: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).   Ingredient: SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS) Typically Found In: Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, mouthwash, toothpaste, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents. Why You Should Avoid: Depending on the manufacturing process, Sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both contaminants may cause cancer. Also, ethylene oxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane is persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.   Ingredient: PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-) Typically Found In: A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient. Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products Why You Should Avoid: Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens. The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.   Ingredient: FORMALDEHYDE Typically Found In: These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics. It is also found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes. Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Why You Should Avoid: Short-term health impacts include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and many studies show it causes allergic skin reactions and skin rashes. In fact, it was awarded 2105 Contact Allergen of the Year by American Contact Dermatitis Society. Long term, Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.   Ingredient: BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE) Typically Found In: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are closely related chemicals – preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products (mainly shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, body lotions), and even food and food packaging. Why You Should Avoid: The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.   Ingredient: COAL-TAR DYES  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. Typically Found In: Found in: hair dyes, lipstick, cosmetic, shampoo Why You Should Avoid: Phenylenediamine, used in hair dyes, has been found to be carcinogenic in laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology Program. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern are their potential as carcinogens. As well, colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some contain aluminum (a neurotoxin). This is of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   DEA Compounds https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/diethanolamine   Fragrances in Cosmetics https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/fragrances-cosmetics   Phthalates https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html   Campaign for Safe Cosmetics http://www.safecosmetics.org/   PEG Compounds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4505343/   1,4-Dioxane https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ffrro_factsheet_contaminant_14-dioxane_january2014_final.pdf   Petrolatum http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/petrolatum/   Triclosan https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/triclosan/faq-20057861   FDA Ruling on Triclosan https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-final-rule-safety-and-effectiveness-antibacterial-soaps   Siloxanes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4884743/
Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You - Part 2
Empowering You Organically - Audio Edition
The beauty industry isn’t so beautiful. Last week we covered the first 6 toxic ingredients to avoid in your skincare products. This week we tackle the remaining 6. How many products in your cabinets contain these ingredients? Please listen in - educate yourself for your health and peace of mind.   Featured Product Clean Sourced Collagens Features five collagen types from four different sources! Contains eight grams of protein per serving Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Helps ease joint stiffness and discomfort Formulated with vitamin C, horsetail extract, and zinc for maximum absorption Odorless, flavorless formula easily mixes into water, juice, or smoothies   * * *   Why Skincare Impacts Your Health Skin is the biggest organ on your body. Skin absorbs everything that we put on it. Skincare is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.   “Fake Skincare” In March of 2019, the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, reported that US regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world. More than 40 nations, ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany, to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam, have enacted regulations specifically targeting the safety and ingredients of cosmetics and personal care products. Some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products. By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons. This is one of the most under-regulated industries but one of the most lucrative industries in the United States.   Why Do Regulations Matter? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) They curate the Skin Deep database of ingredients used in personal care products and their safety concerns on human health. Biggest advocates for clean ingredients in your products. If your skincare product is backed by the EWG, it means they’ve done their homework, they’ve taken the time to look at clean ingredients. The EWG has a scale that rates products from 1 to 5 as far as cleanliness and safety.     Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Why Ingredient: DEA COMPOUNDS (DIETHANOLAMINE) Typically Found In: DEA and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy. Why You Should Avoid: These cause mild skin and eye irritation. Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid. DEA is also possible hormone disruptor, has shown limited evidence of carcinogenicity and depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.   Ingredient: FRAGRANCE/PARFUM Typically Found In: Apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances. Why You Should Avoid:  These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. The catchall term “fragrance” may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm. In laboratory experiments, individual fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label.    Ingredient: PEG COMPOUNDS (POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS) Typically Found In: Scrubs, body wash, makeup, toothpaste PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers and hence used for products requiring a cream base and also in laxatives. Why You Should Avoid: Those tiny plastic beads in face or lip scrubs and exfoliating washes are made from polyethylene (used because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells). These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the U.S. government considers a probable human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin. Polyethylene has been noted as a skin irritant and should never be used on broken skin. Polyethylene beads in scrubs and body washes also are not filtered by our sewage systems, meaning they can collect pollutants and travel into waterways, where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals.   Ingredient: PETROLATUM Typically Found In: Petrolatum, also known as petroleum jelly, is used in industry to lubricate machinery – so what is it doing to our bodies? Petrolatum has been used for years to lock in moisture, heal chapped lips, soothe noses raw from sniffles, and protect against diaper rash, as well as to treat cuts and burns. It is an ingredient in one out of every 14 cosmetic products on any given shelf, which includes 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby products. So what’s the big deal? Why You Should Avoid: Scarily enough, petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne. Petrolatum locks in moisture, yes – but does not allow moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere. In short, our body gets accustomed to petrolatum’s barrier and slowly become less and less efficient at its own detoxifying and moisturizing processes.   Ingredient: TRICLOSAN Typically Found In: Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds. Triclosan is classified as a pesticide. Why You Should Avoid: Triclosan was all the rage as antibacterial products became ubiquitous in the 1990s. But…it can pass through skin and can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents. It acts like estrogen in the body and has high rates of skin allergy. (High toxicity concern.) The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan. Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects. We personally use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.   Ingredient: SILOXANES  Siloxanes are a group of chemicals that are, as the name suggests, derived from silicone. Typically Found In: Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants. Why You Should Avoid: The risks associated with siloxanes are far too many. Siloxanes are known endocrine disruptors that interfere with human hormone function, and could even possibly impair fertility. Research has shown that they not only cause uterine tumors, but can also skew the functioning of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. On top of that, siloxanes resist degradation and therefore pose harm to aquatic life and wildlife.   Ingredient: PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE) Typically Found In: nail polish and other nail products, perfume, makeup remover, hairspray, deodorant Why You Should Avoid: Phthalates are sneaky endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic the body’s hormones, therefore throwing the entire endocrine system off balance. They cause both hormonal and neurological damage, and in the case of pregnant women, may also cause major birth defects. The worst part? You will rarely find the word “phthalates” on a label. Some products do market themselves as phthalate-free, but what about the other slew of synthetics on our department store’s beauty shelf? You can identify phthalates by their abbreviated chemical components: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).   Ingredient: SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS) Typically Found In: Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, mouthwash, toothpaste, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents. Why You Should Avoid: Depending on the manufacturing process, Sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both contaminants may cause cancer. Also, ethylene oxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane is persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.   Ingredient: PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-) Typically Found In: A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient. Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products Why You Should Avoid: Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens. The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.   Ingredient: FORMALDEHYDE Typically Found In: These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics. It is also found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes. Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Why You Should Avoid: Short-term health impacts include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and many studies show it causes allergic skin reactions and skin rashes. In fact, it was awarded 2105 Contact Allergen of the Year by American Contact Dermatitis Society. Long term, Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.   Ingredient: BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE) Typically Found In: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are closely related chemicals – preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products (mainly shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, body lotions), and even food and food packaging. Why You Should Avoid: The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.   Ingredient: COAL-TAR DYES  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. Typically Found In: Found in: hair dyes, lipstick, cosmetic, shampoo Why You Should Avoid: Phenylenediamine, used in hair dyes, has been found to be carcinogenic in laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology Program. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern are their potential as carcinogens. As well, colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some contain aluminum (a neurotoxin). This is of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   DEA Compounds https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/diethanolamine   Fragrances in Cosmetics https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/fragrances-cosmetics   Phthalates https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html   Campaign for Safe Cosmetics http://www.safecosmetics.org/   PEG Compounds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4505343/   1,4-Dioxane https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ffrro_factsheet_contaminant_14-dioxane_january2014_final.pdf   Petrolatum http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/petrolatum/   Triclosan https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/triclosan/faq-20057861   FDA Ruling on Triclosan https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-final-rule-safety-and-effectiveness-antibacterial-soaps   Siloxanes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4884743/
Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You - Part 1
Empowering You Organically - Audio Edition
This week we dive into the murky ingredients in your skincare products. Many of these are hormone disrupters and known carcinogens. Since our skin is our largest organ and we're all about limiting toxicity in our lives this episode was a MUST. Tune in this week to learn how to be a savvy skincare shopper!   Featured Product Clean Sourced Collagens Features five collagen types from four different sources! Contains eight grams of protein per serving Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Helps ease joint stiffness and discomfort Formulated with vitamin C, horsetail extract, and zinc for maximum absorption Odorless, flavorless formula easily mixes into water, juice, or smoothies   * * *   Why Skincare Impacts Your Health Skin is the biggest organ on your body. Skin absorbs everything that we put on it. Skincare is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.   “Fake Skincare” In March of 2019, the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, reported that US regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world. More than 40 nations, ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany, to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam, have enacted regulations specifically targeting the safety and ingredients of cosmetics and personal care products. Some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products. By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons. This is one of the most under-regulated industries but one of the most lucrative industries in the United States.   Why Do Regulations Matter? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) They curate the Skin Deep database of ingredients used in personal care products and their safety concerns on human health. Biggest advocates for clean ingredients in your products. If your skincare product is backed by the EWG, it means they’ve done their homework, they’ve taken the time to look at clean ingredients. The EWG has a scale that rates products from 1 to 5 as far as cleanliness and safety.     Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Why – The First 6! Ingredient: PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE) Typically Found In: nail polish and other nail products, perfume, makeup remover, hairspray, deodorant Why You Should Avoid: Phthalates are sneaky endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic the body’s hormones, therefore throwing the entire endocrine system off balance. They cause both hormonal and neurological damage, and in the case of pregnant women, may also cause major birth defects. The worst part? You will rarely find the word “phthalates” on a label. Some products do market themselves as phthalate-free, but what about the other slew of synthetics on our department store’s beauty shelf? You can identify phthalates by their abbreviated chemical components: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).   Ingredient: SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS) Typically Found In: Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, mouthwash, toothpaste, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents. Why You Should Avoid: Depending on the manufacturing process, Sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both contaminants may cause cancer. Also, ethylene oxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane is persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.   Ingredient: PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-) Typically Found In: A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient. Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products Why You Should Avoid: Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens. The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.   Ingredient: FORMALDEHYDE Typically Found In: These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics. It is also found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes. Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Why You Should Avoid: Short-term health impacts include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and many studies show it causes allergic skin reactions and skin rashes. In fact, it was awarded 2105 Contact Allergen of the Year by American Contact Dermatitis Society. Long term, Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.   Ingredient: BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE) Typically Found In: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are closely related chemicals – preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products (mainly shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, body lotions), and even food and food packaging. Why You Should Avoid: The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.   Ingredient: COAL-TAR DYES  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. Typically Found In: Found in: hair dyes, lipstick, cosmetic, shampoo Why You Should Avoid: Phenylenediamine, used in hair dyes, has been found to be carcinogenic in laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology Program. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern are their potential as carcinogens. As well, colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some contain aluminum (a neurotoxin). This is of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   Phthalates https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html   Sulfates https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/sulfates   Parabens https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/parabens-cosmetics   Formaldehyde https://www.ewg.org/research/exposing-cosmetics-cover/formaldehyde-releasers   Formaldehyde: 2015 Contact Allergen of the Year https://journals.lww.com/dermatitis/Fulltext/2015/01000/Formaldehyde.2.aspx   BHA/BHT https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700741/BHT/   BHA/BHT (National Toxicology Program) https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/butylatedhydroxyanisole.pdf   Coal Tar Dyes http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/coal-tar/   Coal Tar Dyes (National Cancer Institute) https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/coal-tar   Coal Tar Dyes (National Toxicology Program) https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/coaltars.pdf
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