These days, it seems like absolutely everything directly or indirectly causes cancer.
Forget about cigarettes, air fresheners, foods additives, environmental chemicals and even our cell phones are going to kill us just as fast according to the plenty of studies making the headlines.
But from a realistic viewpoint, if we were to actually eliminate everything we are told causes cancer or disease, we would have to live on an isolated island in a mud shack, eating nothing but the food we grow or kill—although most fish does contain mercury, so fishing is probably out.
That being said, if we are to live healthy we do need to consider abandoning some of the more nasty cancer-causing products we use daily. And according to the latest studies, the first place to look is our beauty products.
We often forget that our skin is an organ—the largest organ, actually. And because our skin is porous, it absorbs any and everything we put on it. That means all the body creams, perfumes, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners and even our nail polishes and all the chemicals in these products, eventually, wind up in our system.
You surely wouldn’t think about consuming or drinking these products but when you slather them on your skin, that is basically what you are doing.
Beauty products can actually be more toxic than some of the medicines and additives we ingest simply because we are being exposed to them is such large amounts compared to the smaller amounts in the food, for example.
Our skin is absorbing in all of the toxic chemicals in these products that are eventually finding their way into our bloodstreams, digestive tracts and even our lungs and the organs meant to cleanse our bodies.
Eventually, our systems become overwhelmed with these toxins and we start to become sick. We get allergies we never had, we get digestive issues that seem to come from nowhere. We put on weight, yet we are not eating more. We get more colds and flu than normal and we even begin to develop chronic diseases such as arthritis and even cancer.
Read the labels
But there is some good news in all of this. Many companies make truly “all natural” products that work just as well or better. Do yourself a favor, the next time you go to buy your favorite beauty product, look at the label. If you are going to put it on your skin, know that it is going to end up in your body. So, if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or it is not something you would not feel comfortable eating, put it down.
To help you out here is a list of the 7 most common toxins found in beauty products that you should avoid.
1.DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA (related chemicals: MEA and TEA)
DEA is mainly found in moisturizers and sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos.
Laboratory study shows that exposure to high doses of these chemicals can cause liver cancers and precancerous changes to your skin and thyroid. While the FDA openly admits that DEA can cause cancer, they do not regulate it.
Petroleum is an industrial chemical commonly found in hair products to make is shiny, lip balm/lipstick to moisturize, and many skin care products such as Vaseline, baby oils, baby lotions, suntan lotions and sunblock lotions.
Petroleum is often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Numerous studies show that exposure to PAHs through skin contact can, over extended periods of time, cause cancer.
Talc is commonly found in baby powders, face powders and body powders. This mineral is a known carcinogen and is shown to be a major cause of ovarian cancer.
It can also be harmful if inhaled as it can accumulate in your lungs, causing respiratory disorders and lung cancer.
Thousands of babies and infants every year since the early 1980s have actually died or become seriously ill after accidental inhaling baby powder.
Lead is a neurotoxin commonly found in cosmetics such as lipsticks. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 popular brands of lipsticks in 2007 and found that 61 percent contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million.
Once in your body, lead accumulates in your tissues, bone, as well as your liver, kidneys, pancreas, and lungs.
5.Parabens (methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben)
Parabens are chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, makeup, moisturizers, and shampoos. Once they enter through the skin, they mimic hormones, known as endocrine disruptors. Studies show that parabens were detected in breast cancer tissues, suggesting a link between parabens in cosmetics and cancer.
6.Phthalates (Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP)
These chemicals are typically found in moisturizers, perfumes, nail polishes, soaps, and hairsprays.
DBP is absorbed through your skin and has been shown in studies to “enhance” the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations and cause developmental defects as well as changes in the testes and prostate, and reduce sperm counts.
Aluminum is most commonly found in deodorants and antiperspirant. Studies link aluminum to Alzheimer’s and brain disorders.
Antiperspirants form a temporary “plug” within your sweat duct, which stops you from sweating, this forces the toxic aluminum to flow back into your bloodstream.
Antiperspirants are typically applied near the breast and thought to cause estrogen-like effects, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells. As such studies have now linked aluminum to breast cancer.