Dead Skin Mask: How Modern Cosmetics Jeopardize your Health
Everybody dreams of a face that stands out from the rest of the crowd. No one can deny that. We are all unique in different ways, but it’s different once your uniqueness has transformed you into somebody’s or even everybody’s eye candy.
Beauty generally is a determinant of your self-esteem and self-confidence; the more beautiful you are, the more people will notice your attractiveness and charm. Plus, you feel good about yourself and you also get to be more confident, which is not just a good thing, but a great thing.
In order to get that celebrity-perfect, smooth skin, we seek out beauty products that do not only make our skin look great, but also rejuvenate it. The product palette of beauty products is endless. You can get them at bargain prices and you could spend a fortune. Face powders, foundations, mascaras, lipsticks, make-up kits and many more. There’s no limit to what you can buy for that beautiful face.
However, the beauty products you’re using have a dark secret. You may not know it but some of these products contain chemicals that don’t just irritate your skin, but also damages it beyond repair. And honestly, who is reading all of the fine print? Many of us don’t have the eyesight to decipher the tiny letters.
However, since these chemicals can majorly impact your health, everybody should know about them. Knowledge empowers you to make decision for what is best for you and what is important to you.
Here are the top 10 ingredients that are found in beauty products that are very harmful to you, may cause damage and even cause certain cancers. As much as possible, you need to take time in listening to this information. This will help you in the long run.
These synthetic colors found in cosmetic products are usually from an oil or coal tar base. These chemicals are known human carcinogens and are linked to the development of certain diseases. The bottom line is, synthetic colors do not make your body look good on the inside, you don’t need to wipe or smear it on your lovely cheeks.
Found in nail polish, perfumes hair sprays, et. al., Phthalates are often associated with the development of breast cancer. Aside from this, it also has an effect on the body’s overall endocrine balance. This leads to early breast development in girls and reproductive defects in both men and women.
Now this is one thing that we do not know about in terms of what we put on or what we wear around our bodies. Fragrances are, what we cal, a beauty product’s “secret formula”. Companies do not disclose such information to the buying public to continue selling these products. However, fragrances, even if labeled as “natural” generally are lab-produced ingredients that are known to be responsible for the development of certain allergies, respiratory problems and effects on your body systems.
Known as a preservative for dead remains, it also serves its purpose for cosmetic products. It has long been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer due to its capability to cause nasal or nasopharyngeal cancer (http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde). Not only that, it also causes problems for your immune system, making you prone to sicknesses and infections.
The active ingredient found in most of our antibacterial soaps, deodorants and even our toothpastes, triclosan has a hidden secret. It has the ability to disrupt some of your endocrine activity such as your thyroid and reproductive functions.
As they say, anything that is derived from oil or coal will always bring about internal physical damage. Aside its purpose as a paint thinner, it is also used as an ingredient in nail polish and bleaching products. Toluene causes problems within your immune system, respiratory system and integumentary system. Any amount of exposure to it causes certain irritations and allergies.
This is found in about ninety-percent in personal care products such as shampoo, body wash and acne products. It is mostly linked to lung, skin, and eye irritations. Its much darker scheme is that it has the ability to combine with other chemicals that can form into nitrosamines, which is a known carcinogen. Kidney and respiratory damage are some of its other effects.
Some chemicals found in cosmetics act as a sunscreen agent that absorbs UV rays that can cause certain forms of skin cancer. Aside from being carcinogens, they also act as disruptors of endocrine (hormonal) functions which cause problems with cognitive development (learning disabilities), attention deficit order, cancers as well as deformations in growing embryos. To learn more about this, visit the Endocrine Society website at www.endocrine.org.
Used as a skin conditioner in make-up, moisturizers, shampoos, hair sprays, etc. Propylene glycol is known as a skin penetrator and irritant. Its properties are responsible for the development of chemical-induced dermatitis.
These are the “preservatives” in most cosmetic products as it prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi-like molds and yeasts. These are found in make-up, deodorants, facial cleansers, and they are even found in the food we eat and the medicines we take. This ingredient contains properties that mimic estrogen (Xenoestrogen) that can cause breast cancer through absorption by the skin. Its presence was identified through biopsies of breast tumors.
All these chemical are not just dangerous for your health, but also for those around you as the manufacturing of these chemicals contribute to environmental pollution affecting and causing harm to everybody down-stream the water and environmental process. If you have a choice, and you do, avoid cosmetics with these harmful, toxic ingredients. There are many companies that are now valuing their clientele’s heath and offer cosmetic products without preservatives, or at least a minimum of preservatives and chemicals, as well as organic ingredients.
Kandala Health and Beauty Products is one of those companies offering health oriented, environmentally and human-friendly products. Currently in our program: