How natural is your beauty regime?

Nicola MasseyNutrition and WellbeingLeave a Comment


What’s inside?

The average woman uses around 126 plus chemicals every day in just her beauty regime. Do you know what you are absorbing through your skin? Formaldehyde and arsenic can be found in dozens of products including baby products which is criminal.

Removing the chemical burden

Tests have suggested you can absorb 2.2kg of chemicals each year from your makeup routine and that’s not even considering the chemicals in laundry and cleaning products, perfume and other environmental chemicals.

Loss of fertility

A lot of these chemicals have been directly linked to cancer and have been known to cause damage to your brain and especially the reproductive system.

Key culprits

On average, women apply 126 different ingredients to their skin daily and 90 percent of them have never been evaluated for safety. A handful of the most hazardous ones include:

Parabens are chemical found in deodorants and other cosmetics that has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors.

Phthalates are plasticizing ingredients that have been linked to birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems. Be aware that phthalates are often hidden on shampoo labels under the generic term “fragrance.”

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It’s present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair colour and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), a chemical used in shampoo to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on your nervous system.
Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.

Bin it!

So take a look at the labels and if you can’t pronounce it, bin it!



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