Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More on Cosmetic Ingredients You Should Avoid

I sure hope you like my little "tutorials" on ingredients. I would hate to think I'm boring the "heck" out of you!

Alima Pure has a great list of "ingredients to avoid" on their Web site. Keep in mind that the science is not necessarily as solid as we would like. Additional research is being conducted, and you probably can't totally avoid all of these ingredients. Some are worse than others. Here's the list.
  • BHA - butylated hydroxyanisole, an antioxidant that is, unfortunately, toxic to the liver, immune, and reproductive systems and a possible carcinogen
  • BHT - butylated hydroxytoluene, also an antioxidant, but toxic to the brain, nervous, and respiratory systems and a possible carcinogen - also an endocrine disruptor
  • Eugenol - toxic to the immune and nervous systems, an endocrine disruptor, and an allergen - odd that it's used in fragrances
  • Formaldehyde - a preservative that is thought to be toxic to the immune and respiratory systems and a carcinogen
  • Nitrosamines - endocrine disruptor and a carcinogen
  • P-Phenylenediamine - used in hair dyes and toxic to the immune, respiratory, and nervous systems
  • Parabens - preservatives that are endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, and possible carcinogens
  • Phthalates - used in perfumes, hair gels, nail polishes, and other products and toxic to the immune, nervous, and reproductive systems - believed to be absorbed through the skin
  • Triethanolamine - used to adjust the pH of cosmetics, toxic to the immune and respiratory systems and a possible carcinogen
Yuk! Nitrosamines are the cancer-causing chemicals that form in your stomach after eating the nitrites, ingredients in many hot dogs (remember the hot dog warnings?). Eugenol smells like cloves and is used by a lot of dentists for temporary fillings. I insist on another agent. Eugenol in cosmetics is a an allergen and a skin irritant and can cause inflammation when used repeatedly. How many of us don't use cosmetics repeatedly?

I remember one anti-wrinkle sensation introduced a few years ago. A department store rep was raving about it. I looked at the ingredient list, and a major ingredient was Eugenol. I wasn't buying that!

Arm yourself with information. You will be healthier for it!

Photo courtesy of The Herbarie.


Margarete said...

Thank you for posting this excellent information. The key is to educate everyone so we can demand alternatives, which do exist but are pricier! I hope to see more similar posts from time to time.

Charlestongirl said...

Thanks, Margarete!

The great part is that alternatives already exist...we are starting to have choices!

I have become quite the "label reader."