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Harmful Ingredients

1,4-dioxane

A kind of Carcinogen, which can be found in many cosmetics and is considered toxic if it is inhaled, absorbed through the skin or ingested.

 

Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)

This drying agent is a common ingredient in cosmetic products. It strips off the outer most protective skin layer, exposing the body to bacteria, fungus, molds, and other toxins. It may promote brown spots or premature aging.

 

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), and TEA (Triethanolamine)
Often used in personal care cleansers to adjust the pH of the formula. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, dryness, and toxicity if used over long periods. These are known as carcinogens.
 
Diazolidinyl urea and DMDM Hydantoin

These chemicals contain formaldehyde, a toxic carcinogen, and it can cause dermatitis, burning, irritation of the mucous membranes, inflammation, and watering of the eyes.

 

Lanolin

Used in many cosmetic formulas. It is obtained from the wool of sheep and is therefore contaminated with the pesticide DDT unless it is obtained from organic sources.

 

Mineral Oil

A byproduct of petroleum that coats the skin like plastic. It disrupts the skin's natural ability to purge itself of toxins, slows down cell function and can cause premature aging.

 

Paraben (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl)

Often used in cosmetic formulas to extend shelf life of products. They are known to be highly toxic and to cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.

 

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Compounds

Often used as a peservative in sunscreens and face cream.  They can cause premature aging.

 

Silicone Derived Emollients

Coats the skin like plastic wrap, and disrupt the skin's ability to breathe and release toxins. They can accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes and promote the development of tumors.

 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Commonly found in foaming personal care products. Alter the immune system and cause damage to the eyes, digestive system, nervous system, lungs, and skin.

 

Synthetic Colors

It made from coal tar, used to make cosmetics "pretty". It causes skin sensitivity and irritation. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.

 

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