Our body absorbs a great deal of whatever we put onto our skin. Considering how commercial cosmetic products contain hundreds of unsafe chemicals and toxins, it’s not a very good idea to use them on a daily basis.
According to recent studies, more than 90% of commercial cosmetic products have never really been tested for safety, and even those that have been contain a variety of harmful compounds that can cause genetic mutations, birth defects and even cancer. This fact is even more disturbing when you know that most environmental agencies have confirmed the dangers of cosmetic products for our health and the environment as well.
Here’s a list of 10 well-known carcinogenic products we use every day:
Most deodorants are full of aluminum, petroleum products, Triclosan and parabens which can enter the fat cells in our underarms and wreak havoc in the body. All these compounds have been related to cancer and are harmful for the metabolic, nervous and endocrine system as well. Instead of commercial deodorants, you can use a homemade deodorant made of baking soda and geranium oil.
Have you ever wondered if your toothpaste is actually safe for use? Studies have shown that most toothpastes contain fluoride, saccharin, propylene glycol and lauryl sulfate, all known carcinogens which can serious endanger your health. In order to avoid potential health problems, you should make your own toothpaste with peppermint oil or at least buy non-fluoride natural toothpaste.
Almost all of use sunscreen when hitting the beach without being aware of how harmful it can be. Most sunscreens contain retinyl palmitate, a carcinogen which has been associated with skin tumors. They also contain other chemicals and toxins which can seriously put your health in danger. Oxybenzone is one of the chemicals – it’s a powerful endocrine disruptor which can do a lot of damage to your kidneys. Furthermore, studies have shown that high-SPF sunscreens are not as effective as advertised, which is why it’s best to substitute them with coconut oil or clear zinc sunscreen.
Talcum powder is made of magnesium silicate and asbestos, which have been found to increase the risk of ovarian cancer. For better results, you can make your own powder at home. Mix 1/3 cup rice flour with ¼ cup kuzu root starch and 6-7 drops of your favorite essential oil, then use it as needed.
According to one study, moisturizers such as Vanicream or Dermovan are actually responsible for an increased risk of cancer. They are rich in arsenic, coal tar and mineral oils which have been related to over 20 ailments. Coconut oil is a perfect substitute for these moisturizers and can keep your skin healthy and protected.
Did you know that most lipstick brands contain carcinogens and harmful compounds? If you must wear lipstick, at least go for the organic brands
Hairsprays are the worst – they are loaded with shellac, formaldehyde, propylene glycol and phthalates which can serious harm your endocrine health.
Topical application of benzoyl peroxide in cases of acne can raise the risk of melanoma, which is why you should stay away from it. You can use lemon or carrot oil for the same purpose.
Get your mascara, open it and take a whiff – smells strange, right? Well, experts say that the smell is actually fumes from the number of chemicals and toxins inside the product. Mascaras have been found to contain petroleum distillates, formaldehyde, aluminum, retinyl acetate and parabens, and you don’t want any of these compounds in your body.
These creams are used in cases of hyperpigmentation and have been found to contain a high level of mercury. Mercury is a seriously harmful neurotoxin and heavy metal that has been linked to a variety of life-threatening ailments. If you want to whiten areas of your skin, we suggest consulting a professional.
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