**I am by no means an expert, but I am sharing this with you because I think it is important to be aware of these factors affecting our health and the health of our loved ones.
**You may have your own opinions and perhaps you have done your own research and that is great, so please share. There is so much information out there and lots of it is conflicting. I invite you to look into these areas as I bring these issues to the surface.
Some things to be aware of when you purchase your cosmetics…
Mineral Oil (a by product of the petrol industry) can cause severe allergic reactions, including hives, rash, swelling and trouble breathing. Other potential side effects include dizziness, fainting, weakness, irritation, swelling, muscle cramps and pain. Wow, what a list! It can also clog your pores and be the cause of acne.
- White oil,
- Liquid paraffin
- Pariffinum liquidum
- Liquid petroleum
- Baby oil is a perfumed mineral oil. Amazing isn’t it.
Petrolatum (mineral oil jelly) — It’s quite funny really (but actually it’s not!) because this is advertised as something to protect your lips and your skin from burning and chapping yet it makes skin sensitive and interferes with the body’s natural moisturising capabilities.
**Petroleum products are made up of refined crude oil or unprocessed crude oil. Manufacturers use petrolatum as a bulking agent in products because it is unbelievably cheap!! You are better off buying quality products with botanical ingredients and using LESS of it (because it’s not been stretched by adding so much mineral oil)
Parabens are preservatives used in cosmetics, food and other products (such as shampoo, conditioner, shaving gel, baby care…) to prolong shelf life (so basically they last longer). Some items can have a shelf life of up to 7 years. Who wants to put foundation on that’s been sat on a shelf for 5 years or so before it reaches you? If you read the Wikipedia definition of ‘paraben’ then it suggests that there are no direct links to cancer. I ask the question ‘why are manufacturers now becoming more concerned as to whether or not their products contain parabens?’
I am noticing that some companies are now advertising their products as PARABEN FREE! I do wonder… and when I wonder, I research!
In 2014, the EU banned the use of 5 parabens in cosmetic products
- benzylparaben; and
In 2015 the regulations changed so that parabens could not be used in baby products such as nappy cream (following Denmark’s decision in 2011 to ban propylparaben and butylparaben in all products that were intended for children aged 3 and younger).
Methyl and Propyl and Butyl and Ethyl Parabens are HIGHLY TOXIC and can cause allergic reactions and skin problems.
Diazolidinyl urea (Germall II)
Imidazolidinyl urea (Germall 115)
These (like parabens) are used as preservatives but slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. You might be thinking, well ok, small releases. How often do you wear make up? (for example). For some of us, it is daily!
Some studies have even linked this to the cause of dermatitis and other various skin problems. You would need to research this yourself as it is something that I have not yet read up on.
Diethanolamine and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients. DEA is mainly found in moisturisers and sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos.
Health and Environmental Hazards
DEA and its compounds cause mild to moderate skin and eye irritation. In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of these chemicals has been shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid. The European Union classifies DEA as harmful on the basis of danger of serious damage to health from prolonged exposure.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a possible human carcinogen. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency classifies cocamide DEA as hazardous to the environment because of its acute toxicity to aquatic organisms. Health Canada has categorised them as “moderate human health priorities.”
See also MEA (monoethanolamide) and TEA (triethanolamine)
Synthetics are man-made products. Some synthetic fragrances can have hundreds of ingredients, yet they are simply labelled as ‘fragrance’ on the bottle. Some ingredients can therefore trigger allergies and asthma. Some are linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
Synthetic colours (like those found in hair dye) are believed to be cancer-causing agents. The very reason I no longer dye my hair.