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  • July 14, 2011 - 9:19 am
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The Dirty Little Secret About Your Skincare

While the organic movement for food and beverages is becoming more and more mainstream, there is a dirty little secret when it comes to skin care and beauty products.  When you read the labels on your shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup, nail polish and sunscreen you may see ingredients like propylene glycol, parabens, formaldehyde and others.  Upwards of 90% of the ingredients in beauty products have never been tested.

Some of the top offenders are:

·         Parabens

  • (Propyl, Isopropyl, Butyl, and Isobutylparabens): Parabens are estrogen-mimicking preservatives.  Parabens were found in breast cancer tumors of 19 of 20 women studied.  They may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.
  • A potent preservative considered a known human carcinogen by the International Agency on Research on Cancer.  Formaldehyde can be found in some hair straighteners and nail polish
  • It’s ANTI-FREEZE – no, really it is.  Need I say more?

· Formaldehyde

·         Propylene Glycol

So, what’s a girl to do?  According to Sally Larsen of Sally B’s Skin Yummies, “we need a paradigm shift in this country. We need to understand that cosmetics and skin care aren’t supposed to sit on our shelves for years, we may need to shake up our cleansers in order to avoid emulsifiers like PEG and we need to start eliminating the worst offenders.”  Sally recommends that you start eliminating parabens,  propylene glycol and fragrance.  Fragrance is a catch all for up to hundreds of other ingredients that do not have to be listed.  Sally makes a fabulous line of skin care and beauty products made with the finest organic, natural and high quality ingredients and essential oils to make the products smell yummy.  Her products are available at The Collective.

Sally also suggests that you take a look at your lifestyle, as the way you live can also show on your skin.  Feeding your body organic fruits and veggies, drinking lots of water, exercise and reducing or eliminating sugar can make your skin look good from the inside out.

For more information check out these resources, http://www.sallybskinyummies.com/, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/, http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/13/formaldehyde-among-those-added-to-cancer-list/

Also check out my new Examiner.com page for more green articles.  http://www.examiner.com/going-green-in-atlanta/heather-schoenrock

 

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