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The Hidden Chemicals You May Be Putting on your Skin

Posted by denice duff on

It’s true. The average woman puts over 500 synthetic chemicals on her body every single day without even knowing. And 60% of those can get absorbed right into our bodies’ blood streams. Our skin‘s incredible ability to absorb what goes onto it is why hormone creams have been known to help women with hot flashes and headaches. But it’s also why someone wearing a transdermal fentanyl patch can have fatal reactions.

Scientific studies suggest that many of the ingredients in products from the US (which have been banned in Europe and other countries) could be linked to cancer, reproductive harm and neurotoxicity.

In 1938 the Federal Food and Drug and Cosmetic Act was put into action, and it hasn’t been updated since 1938. It does not guarantee the safety of products we use. In fact, skincare and cosmetic companies are not required to disclose their ingredients to the FDA before they go to market.

We are oftentimes the test monkeys. If a product is on the shelf, we assume it is safe and will buy it. If any serious issues arise, like immediate allergic reactions or long-term health effects, it is taken off the shelf. Example: Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million for the death of a woman from ovarian cancer caused by the talc in their baby powder. So it’s basically saying that these products and chemicals are innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Europe has banned over 1300 chemicals in cosmetics and skincare, while the FDA has only banned 8. Some cosmetic companies have created different formulas for their European versions of products which contain fewer toxic chemicals. So this proves it’s possible to create products without toxic chemicals. It’s just a matter of profit margin.

We know first-hand that it's a lot more expensive to buy organic, fresh, small-batch ingredients than it is to buy barrels of synthetic compounds.

We feel it’s so important to create this kind of awareness, so that people understand that what we put on our skin can affect our health. Chemical watchdogs, “The Environmental Working Group” has a website where you can type in a product or ingredient and get informative articles and toxicity ratings on it.

We believe in feeding your skin to replenish its ability to fight off environmental pollutants and the inevitable signs of aging. Slathering your skin with potential toxins and cheap, clogging synthetics is not the solution to healthy glowing and resilient skin, no matter how great they might smell and or even feel to the touch.

IN YOUR FACE SKINCARE’s products are made without the commonly-called “Dirty Dozen” ingredients. These are the ones to watch out for and avoid in your skincare regime:

  1. Aluminum
  2. BHT & BHA
  3. Urea
  4. Mineral Oil/Petroleum
  5. Parabens (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl)
  6. PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
  7. Phalates
  8. Propylene & Butylene Glycol
  9. Siloxane or Methicone
  10. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  11. Synthetic Fragrances
  12. Triclosan & Triclocarban

We think the best thing to do is to, whenever possible, rely on ingredients you can pronounce, ones that are natural and organic if possible, and that are…well, ones that you wouldn’t mind eating!

We have a full glossary of every single ingredient we use in our products which you can read here. In addition, we list the ingredients for each product on the product page for that product on our website. And you can always write to us if you have any questions about one of our products – or even ingredients in another’s products. We want you to be as educated as possible. It’s your face. It’s your body. We want you to be happy with them both!

Additional References:

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/
https://www.ewg.org/californiacosmetics/toxic12

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