Cheating your skin out of using the good, organic stuff has serious consequences. The list of health issues linked to common skincare chemicals goes a little like this: cancer, skin allergies, infertility, birth defects, reproductive problems, and learning disabilities.
That may seem absurd, but so is today’s world. The further we get from the more natural lifestyle of our great grandparents, the more crap and crud we have to deal with. Yep, it sucks.
But it’s not too late to turn things around for you and yours. Paying attention to the products you’re using means your skin doesn’t have to absorb all the evil chemicals that can literally kill you.
Here are just five ingredients you should steer clear from the next time you shop for skincare. You won’t find any of these guys in the products at Organaca, by the way.
This stuff is often found in hair dye and dark-colored cosmetics, among other things, but it doesn’t just blacken your hair. Since it’s been associated with rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, angioneurotic edema, and respiratory failure, we’d say it also blackens your insides. Don’t go there.
2. Silicone-derived emollients
You can recognize silicone-derived emollients by looking for names like cyclomethicone and dimethicone, which are found in many hair and beauty products. Their occlusive qualities mean that although they coat the hair to make it glossy and fill in skin wrinkles, they also seal in impurities and interfere with the skin’s ability to breathe already. That can cause skin irritation and, worse, promote tumors in the liver and lymph nodes. Stay far, far away, OK?
Parabens, like methyl and ethyl, are used as preservatives in deodorants and skin care products — and they aren’t always labeled. So when it comes to smelling good, stick with organic products to ensure you don’t wind up with a breast cancer tumor full of parabens, because that’s where they’ve been found — seriously.
4. Propylene glycol
You can find this on the label of skin-conditioning products, like moisturizers and conditioners. But even with as little as two percent of propylene glycol in a product, it flares its ugly head and acts as an irritant. This chemical monster has been associated with causing hives and dermatitis.
Hair spray? More like, ‘scare spray.’ Good luck in finding an over-the-counter, everyday, traditional product that doesn’t contain this group of chemicals used to increase the flexibility of and softness of plastics. From nail polish to lotions to hair spray, you can bet your bottom dolla that within those, you’ll find a trace of these chemicals, which are known to be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Phthalates are also not often labeled, since it’s added to fragrances, so be sure to stay natural when you buy deodorants, perfumes, moisturizers, and hair sprays.
Whatever you do, remember that just because it’s FDA-approved, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you!
If the FDA gave a flying fig about your health, cigarettes would be illegal. So start reading labels the same way you do when buying foods — Trust us, your body will thank you!