In our first post we introduced you to the first five ingredients that are widely used in the “mass market” cosmetics and personal care products. We called this listing the “Bad Guys List”. For one simple reason – these components are very far from being body and skin-friendly. In fact, they are one of the main causes of allergies, often toxic and carcinogenic. Yet, our skin is being regularly fed with these “unwanted” ingredients by the “mass market” skincare and cosmetic manufacturers. Don’t take us wrong, we are not writing these words with the intention to blame anybody. Mass production and mass market have their own rules and requirements, the major ones being minimizing products costs and maximizing their shelf life. What is way more important is to be educated and make informed choices as consumers. It is not a rocket science to learn how to read the lists of ingredients. Knowing what is inside of your personal and skincare products may keep you away from many nasty health issues and lead you to a better quality of life.
With that in mind, we offer you to glance though the second part of our “Bad Guys List” and be ready to make an informative choice next time you are in search of a new personal care product.
- Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (FRPs): Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, Methenamine and Quarternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol. The group of ingredients used to prevent the growth of bacteria in personal care and beauty products. These components are toxic and carcinogenic; may cause allergies, joint pain, chronic fatigue, respiratory conditions.
- PVP/VA copolymer – petroleum by-products. Often used in hair styling products. Inhaling of these chemicals is linked to respiratory dysfunction.
- Triclosan – active synthetic ingredient of antibacterial soaps and washes, some anti-acne products, deodorants and toothbrush. Gets absorbed by the skin very well. Stored in body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, causing suppression of immune function as well as liver, kidneys, lungs and heart problems.
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) – these are synthetic stabilizers that can be found in almost any mass market skincare and cosmetic products (and many food products). In small amounts they are officially considered to be safe, however, being used in substantial amounts they are proven to have carcinogenic properties.
- Fragrances, or perfume – general term used to protect company’s trade secrets. In reality, along with keeping the secrets of the formulations, camouflages an unbelievably high amount of synthetic and potentially very harmful ingredients. On top of being highly allergic components, they may cause negative effect on central nervous system, respiratory tract and other serious conditions. Often contain phthalates, plasticizer chemicals linked to birth defects, liver and kidney damage, and hormonal issues.
Unfortunately, this is just the top of the iceberg, and this list can be continued. ZAYA encourages you to get educated on this topic and become proactive with your long-term health. The following links are trustworthy resources that you could keep handy when you do your beauty and skincare shopping.http://safecosmetics.org
Stay well! Love your beauty!