23 July 2008

Article: Most Dangerous Cosmetics

I got interested in reading up on Sodium Laureth Sulfate free shampoo's seeing as I truly have noticed my hair is a bit thinner then before. I stumbled across a bunch of other usefull info and thought it way too important not to share since this is a beauty blog too.


Most Americans use beauty products or cosmetics in form or another but few stop to consider what hidden dangers may lurk within those pretty glass bottles with the colorful advertising. Many cosmetic products are swimming with chemicals that have the potential to cause health problems ranging from allergies to cancer. In order to protect your health, it may be helpful to know which beauty products have the potential to be the most damaging:

Nail Polish
Nail polishes may look harmless, but lurking within those beautiful colors is a toxic chemical known as DBP [...] because DBP has been shown to cause birth defects in mice. This substance has already been banned in Europe and some of the cosmetic companies within the U.S. are taking steps to remove this potentially dangerous chemical. At the very least, use of nail polishes containing DBP should be avoided during pregnancy.


[...] use of sunscreens may not be so healthy for your cells. Several problems exist relating to the use of sunscreens. Most sunscreens contain chemicals such as PABA and benzophenones that are known to generate free radicals.
As you may already know, free radicals have been shown to cause cellular DNA damage and potentially increase the risk of certain chronic diseases including cancer. In addition, some ingredients found in sunscreens have estrogen like effects on the body which can potentially increase the risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, fertility problems in men, as well as contribute to a wide range of other health problems.

Body Powders

[...] Talc is a substance that's similar in structure to asbestos which is a known human carcinogen. Past studies have shown that women who talcum powder in the genital area increase their risk of ovarian cancer by up to sixty percent. [...] Talc has been shown to cause tumors in animals when inhaled.

Dark Hair Dyes

This has been an area of controversy with some studies showing an association of use of hair dyes with an increased cancer risk and others showing weak or no association. The most recent studies show that use of dark hair dyes, but not light ones, may increase their risk of developing a certain type of lymphoma. Nevertheless, dark hair dyes contain a variety of chemicals that are suspected carcinogens.
For some of these cosmetics and beauty products, you may be able to form more healthy alternatives. There are sunscreens on the market that use zinc oxide as the active ingredient which presents less of a health hazard than PABA. Henna may be a good alternative to hair dye. Be sure to read labels carefully and make sure you understand what you're putting on your skin. It could save your life.

Be pending.. I will be doing more research on better alternatives and which products don't contain such ingredients.
As far as nail polishes, I checked Sally Hansen and it doesn't seem to contain the ingredient DBP. Since it's been banned in Europe I doubt there is too much concern. Just look out for DBP and/or phthalate in the ingredients if you want to be careful.


♥ Marta ♥ said...

that is really useful information to know, that you foe sharing :)

Anonymous said...

aww, thank you so much for that comment, i didnt think any one would actually read the whole thing but its the club id rather them not know about then the guy cause they specifically said no leaving the resort

Ida said...

It is scary when one really thinks about all the chemicals we are using. I mean, magazines are encouraging us to get ALL sorts of cosmetics and stuff ALL the time, and it is crazy. Thank you for reminding us we should use our own mind:)

Leeann said...

That is so scary! Those are pretty much everyday items for most girls/women. Can't wait to read your follow up.

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