Since when did we use products with ingredients that are barely pronounceable?
The personal care industry is always seeking ways on how to cut corners and cheapen the costs of this booming industry, as a result most ingredients are derived from inferior & widely available petroleum derivatives
These chemicals have not been publicized or well studied, as it threatens the whole industry. However dedicated researchers have compiled a strong list of evidence on the dangers of today’s widely used ingredients
A bottle of shampoo will not kill you, however the combination of harmful products will accumulate in our systems and play a strong part in compromising good health
Place your products to the test and match their ingredients with the chemicals listed below. Don’t allow these toxins to accumulate in your body.
CARCINOGENS (or cancer causing agents):
- Dioxins (many product containers are treated with dioxins)
- Formaldehyde (mainly used in nail-care and cosmetics)
- Coal tar
- Benzyl-Acetates, Acetates & Acetone
- SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
- SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate)
- Triclosan (Pesticide derivative)
- Flouride (is more toxic than lead & slightly less than arsenic, increases the uptake of other poisons)
IRRITANTS (chemicals that suffocate/weaken and dehydrate skin, disrupt mucous linings and compromise immunity):
- AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
- Collagen (most collagen in skin care products is obtained from powdered chicken feet)
- Elastin (also derived from animal sources)
- Mineral Oil
- Methylene Chloride
- Propylene Glycol (can also cause liver and kidney damage)
- Alcohol/Ethanol causes body tissues to be more vulnerable to carcinogens (in fact mouthwashes with over 25% alcohol content have been linked with mouth, tongue and throat cancers)
- Aluminium has been strongly linked to Alzheimers disease, (mainly found in deodorants/antiperspirants)
- Animal fat (tallow) are obtained from animals and provide a breeding ground for bacteria
- Fluorocarbons (used mostly in hairsprays) can produce respiratory tract irritations
Home Made Skincare Alternatives:
Most fruits and natural ingredients are beneficial for both internal & external use, keep it simple
Draw a hot bath with Bi-Carbonate of Soda (Baking Soda “activates” when bathwater is quite hot – (aids irritated skin and has purifying properties)
Chamomile (for irritated skin) or Green Tea (for skin nourishment) bath infusions
Oats are also a great for soothing skin and relieving eczema; fill a fine mueslin net or tights – with oats (one to two handfuls) and attach to the hot water outlet.
As water passes through the oats and through the mueslin/tights the oats release a very beneficial milky/oily substance into the bath. The water turns white and the thick oily residue around the net could be collected and placed on the face, when it dries it makes a good ex-foliating and nourishing face-mask
Honey, Turmeric, Pineapple and Aloe Vera have antibacterial, disinfectant qualities and aid in wound sealing.