The hidden threat: what kind of danger can a skin care product present?
Cosmetologists advise to take care of facial and body skin from the earliest years with the help of various products - creams, lotions, tonics. Most of the sales refers to the mass market that is not professional and, usually, not suitable for this or that type of skin, cosmetics. Is that a waste of money? If only, the cream may contain quite dangerous ingredients, which stores won't tell you about.
According to the World Health Organization, cosmetics often contain heavy metals at the dose that may pose a real threat to human health. Moreover, in the course of further study it turned out that over a hundred popular face and body care products contained ingredients that could provoke cancer and cause congenital genetic diseases. How? Artificial harmful substances that are part of the cosmetic product easily migrate into the body and damage the human immune system. This is confirmed by a sharp increase in allergic diseases among the entire population of the world over the past decades, because it was then that "synthetics" became part of our lives.
Marketers manage to bypass the fashionable tendency to a healthy lifestyle and often indicate on the labels that "cosmetics are recommended by pediatricians", "natural", "bio", "environmental" but in fact it is not. How can you protect yourself? It is necessary to know what lies in this or that medical item and carefully read the label. So, which ingredients should you pay close attention to?
Oil in the cosmetic product should only give it benefits because in theory it moisturizes, fills with oxygen and gives the skin breathe. However, if it is not about a technical tool - the mineral oil which is made from petrochemical waste. The "synthetic" in cosmetics slows the growth of young cells, increases dehydration and reduces the barrier functions of the skin. And what is most terrible - this oil in itself contains a large number of carcinogens, which have been proven to affect the growth of cancer cells in the body. Why is it so popular?
Due to its short-term properties, mineral oil does not interact with the skin and due to the formation of a thin coat, it protects the skin from loss of moisture. However, this coat also inhibits the process of cell renewal, because the skin is a living organism that can be restored independently. So, mineral oil disrupts the process of rejuvenation and renewal. However, despite this property, it appears in cosmetics very often, including children's oils - for example, one of the most popular brands in the world for the manufacture of cosmetics for newborns. Do not believe? Pay attention to the label - mineral oil is indicated among the first components in its composition. Wash oil - shea, mango, and lanolin serve as a worthy substitute, but manufacturers still prefer synthetic components due to a quick, albeit short-term effect.
Propylene glycol is used as a liquid for electronic cigarettes and is one of the components of moisturizing creams. Every other cosmetic contains this substance, because it softens the skin, acts as an emulsifier and promotes the penetration of odors and other substances to the skin. It appears in cosmetics, which manufacturers position as natural. However, this is far from the truth, because propylene glycol is on the list of substances banned for ecological cosmetics, since it can cause irritation of the skin and eyes, as well as liver and kidney diseases. According to international studies on safety, the substance is accumulated by the body in contact with the skin and provokes severe diseases. Moreover, such cases, albeit in the case of contact with a high content of propylene glycol, were recorded. How to control the impact on the skin, if this tool is the second most popular? Be careful when choosing skin care products.
Petrolatum (paraffin oil, paraffin).
Due to its properties, paraffin oil is called a mineral analogue - it has a softening effect, moisturizes the skin, creating a protective barrier, however... it is considered even more poisonous. Petrolatum is listed in the list of hazardous substances as "carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for the reproductive system substance." Its use is limited in organic certified cosmetics, because the paraffin oil is derived from petroleum, although it passes multi-stage purification. Expensive brands use it if the information indicates the quality of processing, but manufacturers of cheap products do not require such data for ingredients from their suppliers. Paraffin oil is used in creams, pastes, artificial petrolatum, despite the fact that petrolatum has a comedogenic property, that is, it promotes the appearance of formations on the face. In addition, it causes severe irritation even in small amounts, and the most dangerous cosmetics is the one that includes paraffin oil of the lowest quality.
Their number in our life grows every year - parabens appear in creams, ointments, toothpastes, shampoos and decorative cosmetics. Read the label of your remedy and, most likely, you will find there one of the substances ending with paraben-butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben. All these are preservatives and products of synthetic origin.
When did they start talking about the harm being done to human health? This happened more recently - in 2004, when an English biologist published data on the composition of breast cancer and in 19 of 20 samples parabens were found. Scientists suggested that the deodorant, which contained these substances in its composition, contributed to the emergence of tumors. Since then, the debate over the danger of parabens has not abated - large cosmetic corporations employ specialists and conduct research to prove the harmlessness of cosmetics that contains parabens. However, recent studies have shown that at least methylparaben interacts with ultraviolet rays and stimulates skin aging. Another property of this class of substances is that they kill bacteria in creams, thereby prolonging the shelf life of cosmetics. The skin is also a living organism, isn't it?!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
A good cleansing property and abundant foaming are the main reasons why manufacturers often use sodium lauryl sulfate in cosmetics. You can meet it on the labels of shampoos, lotions, bath foam, liquid and solid soaps, shower gels. As well as other synthetic additives in wax cosmetics, lauryl sulfate is a product of oil refining. It should be given credit - its quantity in cosmetics is minimal, in contrast to household chemicals - to create a remedy that removes any dirt, manufacturers simply increase the concentration of lauryl sulfate, that is the same substance that we wash our heads with. Think about it - brands do not care of what you wash - your body or car! And despite various refutations about the harmlessness of this substance, experts have proved that it not only pollutes the environment, but also causes skin irritation due to toxic impurities, and even promotes cell mutation. Remember these items: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Anhydrous Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irium, SLS, SLES, MSDS, ALES, ALS. They all pose a danger to your skin.
Another component of the skin care cosmetics, which has established itself as... a tool in the fight against pests in the agricultural sector. Of course, the concentration of this substance depends on the scope of its use, and modern technologies have far advanced in the matter of processing components from harmful substances. However, diethanolamine, according to the hazard factor, received a maximum score of 10 due to carcinogenicity. It is used as a solvent and a similar purpose in cosmetics is to adjust the pH level. Those who saw this item on the label of a cosmetic product should know that diethanolamine causes irritation of mucous membranes, is toxic to the cardiovascular system, kidneys, and the gastrointestinal tract. Physicians also express confidence that by giving up cosmetics that contains diethanolamine, you will take one step to avoid cancer.
Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate.
Most often, aluminum chloride hexahydrate appears in deodorants because the aluminum salt is now considered almost the most effective substance in the fight against sweating. However, other cosmetic products can contain it in its composition, including botanical and mineral cosmetics. After all, aluminum salt, like oil, is a natural product.
However, it also causes serious damage to health. In case of a minor skin contact, following skin reactions may occur - itching, burning, allergic manifestations. In the case of the sustainable use of cosmetics, which contains aluminum chloride hexahydrate in its composition, more harmful hazard is caused to human health - it leads to histological changes, including atrophy of the sweat glands, which means that the natural process of detoxification of the body is disrupted. It is also believed that in allergies this substance can irritate the mucous membranes of the respiratory organs and even cause swelling.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (ВНА).
This substance is contained in decorative cosmetics (lipstick, shadows), as well as facial care products - for daily washing, masks, as well as sunscreens, although experts around the world advise to avoid it. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, butylated hydroxyanisole is considered a carcinogen, which can provoke the development of tumor diseases. This substance is also referred to the first category of effects on hormonal processes due to the effect on the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Perhaps earlier it seemed like a terrible dream that you will wear lipstick that contains mercury, or put on your face a cream that contains lead. However, this is our reality. And people even joke: why do men pass away sooner than women? Maybe it is because women kiss them with the lipstick that contains poisonous substances?
Seeing the heavy metal item on the label of the cosmetic product, most buyers would return the tube back to the manufacturer, so, understanding this, the marketers most often do not indicate frightening content. As for international organizations, which should monitor compliance with all the rules of cosmetics? In Europe and Canada, the use of lead was banned; in the United States, it was restricted in creams around the eye area. Surprisingly, since the 1970s, lead was banned for the production of paints and gasoline. Why is there no corresponding reaction with regard to cosmetics, because it is proved that lead has toxic effects on the liver, kidneys and nervous system? The matter in the huge financial flows and attempts to make the goods as cheap as possible - the responsibility for our health falls on us.
Heavy metals, which can be found in the skin care cosmetics, include zinc stearate, it appears in sunscreen and anti-aging creams. Even with a small content of it in the cream there may be a rash on the skin, painful sensations in the eye area - all these are the consequences of contact with a dangerous substance.
In bleaching creams, it is more likely to encounter mercury. US specialists conducted research, which found that in six of the 50 cosmetic product intended for skin bleaching, the percentage of mercury exceeded the permissible standards. And five "nominees" sold in beauty salons and cosmetics stores, could cause significant harm to the kidneys due to their dangerous composition.
At first glance, a completely harmless substance that is used even in the care of newborns, resembles asbestos in its properties. Scientists conducted a number of studies, which resulted in the evidence that women who used talc in the genital area had a high risk of ovarian cancer. It was also proved that with the regular inhalation of talc there is the possibility of developing pulmonary diseases. Where does it appear? It appears in mattifying powder, as well as in products that deal with irritations.
And various news agencies, now and then publishing materials about legal proceedings with cosmetics manufacturers report that most of the cosmetics do not serve to bring benefits, but rather harm. For example, in 2014, a chronicle of Russian news got material about how a woman suffered from a fashionable cream, which included black caviar. Unfortunately, the manufacturers did not specify that in addition to the delicacy, the jar also contained dangerous and forbidden substances which caused severe irritation on the skin.
Black caviar, placenta, which also causes concerns for doctors, anв other new and unexplored components - trademarks, in the pursuit of the client, throw real battles where wins not the quality of the product, but the PR move. Departing from the principles of naturalness, they forget about the main rule - "do no harm!", aside from the reason for buying this or that cosmetic products - to preserve beauty. However, these principles and rules are known for many years - it is enough to think about the ingredients which appear in cream.
How to choose a cream?
Southern countries for a long time own and keep secrets of beauty. After all, there is nothing better for health than the products which were created by nature itself!
Specialists of EpicOrganicum, first of all took this fact into account when creating their combined ultra hydrating organic cream with aloe and other natural ingredients. They have developed a product that, due to its unique composition, will be the perfect cream for your face. After all, it contains the natural oils: tea tree, which recently became known for its medicinal properties, the seeds of cannabis - it was used in ancient China and is called one of the most popular folk remedies in the fight against oncology. The main ingredient of the cream is aloe vera, which is known all over the world for its healing properties - it moisturizes, protects and even promotes skin regeneration.
Thanks to the balanced composition of the cream, it copes with the task which is beyond the power for even the most "luxury" cosmetic products - besides creating a protective barrier on the surface, it moisturizes the skin. This allows the skin to be glowing throughout the day. Additional vitamins, minerals and amino acids are also very important, they contribute to the improvement of the quality of even damaged skin.
When creating the cream, specialists also took into account the different features of the skin, depending on its types. Now they can say with full confidence - the cream will suit both dry and oily, normal and combination skin - it is not greasy in texture, light, does not clog pores. In addition, it also contains rejuvenating ingredients - hydrolyzed collagen plus blue-green algae work to increase the production of skin cells, which is an anti-aging property.
You can buy the cream "EpicOrganicum" right now on this site - the official website of the manufacturer. And remember the saying of Francis Bacon: "A beautiful face is a mute recommendation."