The Hidden Cost of Beauty Products

What’s on the inside is deeply connected with what’s on the outside. Your physical appearance speaks volumes about your habits, diet, exercise, emotional state and how happy you are in your relationships and what you think about yourself. So as you work on your inner self, your outer appearance will transform for the better.

Flawless skin is a thing of beauty. Because the skin is a living organ, it can also boast to hold the title of the largest organ in the body!

Read Labels-What goes on your beautiful body goes in your beautiful body.

With rows of beauty products like makeup, facial wash, moisturizer, shampoo and fragrances it is difficult to decipher what all the ingredients mean. If you are not taking the time to analyze the ingredients on the label, you are most likely exposing your body to carcinogenic, (cancer causing) chemicals on a daily basis.

Parabens/Methlyparabens

Synthetic preservatives appear in a wide range of beauty products. Studies have identified them as hormone disruptor’s with the potential to alter one’s reproductive functions, and have been found in tissue from breast cancer tumors.

Phthalates

These chemicals that are hidden under the term of fragrance in beauty products, phthalates are also known as endocrine disrupters by disrupting the production of testosterone.

Sulfates

Two of the most frequently used sulfates are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).  They are added to personal-care to create suds that help wash dirt and oil from the face and body.  In addition to causing dry or irritated skin, the process to make the chemicals can contaminate a product with dioxane a known human carcinogen.

A Very Useful Resource

EWG-Environmental Working Group has a cosmetic database online that will help you look up ingredients in your cosmetics.  It also has an organizational catalog data that rates your products and its ingredients and informs you of their relevant health risks.

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