Exactly What is in Our Beauty Products?

Remember the days when our personal care products were made with just 3 or 4 ingredients? Nowadays, you need to be a chemist in order to understand what’s in your shampoo. What we know for certain is that many of these chemicals get absorbed through our skin and live in our fat tissues for a very long time.

The scary fact is that companies are allowed to use all sorts of chemicals in their products with little or no regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA will only step in and investigate a chemical’s use if it shows evidence of being harmful to consumers. Yep, you read right. The chemical has to harm large numbers of people before the FDA will restrict its use. So you can take your chances and wait for something bad to happen, or you can be proactive and take measures to protect you and your family.

The rule of thumb here is that Simple is Always Better. If you can pronounce it and know what it is, then chances are, you’ve got yourself a quality product.

To help you out, I’m sharing with you a list of chemicals that are commonly used in personal care products. I’ve made it fairly easy for you to spot the good and the bad by aptly naming my list…Bad Stuff and Good Stuff. Simple is always better, right?

 THE BAD STUFF

  • Parabens – a preservative that appear to mimick estrogen in the body
  • Propylene Glycol – alcohol used to enhance absorption; may interfere with reproductive health
  • Triethanolamine – cleansing agent derived from ammonia that has been linked to cancers
  • PEGs – binding and thickening agent that may cause allergic reactions
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (DSL)- a chemical salt used for absorption; can produce harmful byproducts
  • Petrolatum – petroleum jelly; helps to retain moisture but also traps in toxins

THE GOOD STUFF

  • Ascorbic acid – vitamin C; keeps products from spoiling
  • Hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring sugar that boosts firming and combats aging
  • Retinol – vitamin A; boost hydration and helps to improve texture and pigmentation of skin
  • Tocopherol – vitamin E; helps to combat free radicals, smooth out skin and may slow aging
  • Butyrospermum parkii – shea butter; provides moisture and helps reduce inflammation
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