Living a healthy lifestyle is the latest trend – like we needed an excuse, right? – so you’ve cut back on processed and refined foods, taken up healthy habits and you’re strongly considering meditation. You’ve detoxed your body, now how about your makeup bag? How Bad Could it Be?
Would you believe one out of every 100 personal care products contains known or potentially cancer-related carcinogens? And guess where the worst offenders are. That’s right, you’re probably putting at least one toxic ingredient on your face every day.
Toxic, But Popular
Parabens work great as preservatives in cosmetics that keep the product fresh without damaging its effects. It’s widely used in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, cleansing gels, lubricants,creams and toothpaste. Even though it is known to be toxic to the human body – disrupting your endocrine system and mimicking estrogen – it is still commonly used. In fact, you could be exposing yourself to its effects multiple times EVERY day.
Aluminum – Aluminum is used in antiperspirants and antiseptics. Not only does it clog up your pores and interfere with your body’s natural heat-reduction abilities, it also prevents toxins from being naturally secreted through your sweat glands. When that happens, the toxins move to the most convenient fat source – your breasts, leading to breast cancer. It has also recently been linked to Alzheimer’s.
Acrylamide is used as a thickener in many soaps, skin creams, shampoos & pre-shave lotions. It’s also used to make stronger paper and glue. Acrylamide has been linked to breast tumors,may cause genetic damage that can be passed on to your kids, shows signs of neurotoxicity, and contributes to reproductive toxicity for both men and women.
Toluene is an industrial solvent – that means it breaks down other chemicals. That makes it popular for nail polish remover, but also for the polish itself and nail hardeners. It’s also the stuff you pour in your gas tank to boost your octane. In your body it operates as a nervous-system toxin, causing eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. It’s also been linked to birth defects, developmental abnormalities, liver and kidney damage,and spontaneous abortions.
Dioxane is one of the worst offenders for one very simple reason – it works great as a foaming agent, making soaps, shampoos & bubble bath look like they’re working – and, despite its potential toxicity, it is NOT required to be listed in the ingredients by the FDA. So it could literally be in anything.
Cosmetic Company Savings Costing You
Many of the worst chemical offenders found in cosmetics are there for a very real reason – because they’re cheaper, the cosmetics companies utilize them, passing a portion of the savings on to you. But consider the cost to your well-being.
Petrolatum and mineral oil are often used in lip balms, eye drops, moisturizers and sunscreens. They’re also used heavily for anti-itch creams, diaper cream, and topical pain applicants. While they’re still looking for definitive proof, Petrolatum is a suspected cause of cancer, and definitely disrupts hormonal activity, which can have other side effects.
Propylene glycol is a cosmetic moisturizer (it makes them look moist) and is used for liquid foundation, spray deodorants, baby lotions, moisturizers, lipsticks and suntan lotions. You may be interested to learn it’s also used as a lubricant for automatic brakes and industrial defrosters. It’s been known to contribute to dermatitis and skin irritation, kidney damage, liver problems and may inhibit natural skin cell renewal. It also weakens the cellular structure and proteins in your skin.
Sulfates – believe it or not, the cosmetic companies use Sodium Laurel Sulfates to cause irritation to test subjects skin while they test certain healing & moisturizing products. Then because it’s cheap and has a foaming side-effect, they turn around and put it into virtually every product they make, especially soaps and shampoos. But not only do these sulfates contribute to urinary infections, kidney and bladder infections, fertility problems, eye, skin and scalp irritation and hair loss, they also break down your skin’s natural moisture barrier. That allows OTHER harmful chemicals to be absorbed by your skin. And sulfates actually cause premature aging, not the other way around.
So let’s get real for a moment.
The fact is, part of the problem is in our shopping habits. If it’s important to you, you need to stop buying products that contain these toxic ingredients. And you need to be willing to spend more if necessary to get products that are genuinely helpful.
Healing Your Body & Spirit
At LAFACE Labs, we’re dedicated to formulate, create, and give you the products that not only fights the signs of aging, but does so in a way that is safe and beneficial to your skin. Utilizing recent breakthroughs in Vegan skincare with plant-based stem cells and peptides. Our cutting-edge premium anti-aging products combine innovative ingredients, scientific research, and sophisticated technology instead of the parabens, propylenes and sulfates. Our products are all gluten-free and we NEVER test them on animals.
We invite you to try out LAFACE and make a conscious choice to get and use products that are good for you and make a positive difference in your skincare routine.