Is Your Bathroom a Minefield of Toxins?

Many people use skin care products for good looks and to slow down the natural effects of aging.  Most of us also use personal care products like perfumes and colognes.  Women use somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 such products on an average day whereas the average man uses about 6.

But, get this, most skin care products are formulated with toxic ingredients which are not only unhealthy, but have actually been found to accelerate our aging process by as much as 3 times.  What!  Increase the aging process?  What an oxymoron when we consider that we’re using this stuff to look younger!

You probably thought the FDA regulates personal care products.  The unfortunate reality is that the government requires neither health studies nor pre-market testing of skin care products before they are sold.  Cosmetic manufacturers may use almost any raw material as an ingredient.  Nearly 90% of the ingredients used in personal care products haven’t been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution. 

But are the ingredients in personal care products actually harmful?  While some companies make safe products, other companies use known human carcinogens or developmental toxins.  Almost all these chemicals can penetrate the skin, and we ingest some directly from our lips or hands.  More than one-third of all personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer.

How about perfume and colgne?  Not So Sexy – Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne, a May 2010 report by the Environmental Working Group stated that laboratory tests revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, including American Eagle Seventy Seven with 24, Chanel Coco with 18, and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio with 17.

These tests showed that the average fragrance product tested had 14 secret chemicals that were not shown on the label.  Some of them were chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions.  Many of the substances have not been examined for safety in personal care products.

It would be wise to find alternatives to skin care and other personal care products that contain things like parabens, synthetic fragrances, ureas, 1,4-dioxane, endocrine system disrupters, and others.  Think twice before you use personal care products that contain butylated hydroxytoluene,lead acetate,butyl acetate, coal tar, formaldehyde, phthalates, mercury, talc, polyethylene glycol, and butylene glycol.

The intelligent thing to do is to use skin care products that do not contain parabens but contain natural botanicals.

A relaxing and effective way to shed the toxins all of us get from the products we use, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we use and drink, and our environment is through the periodic use of an ionic detox foot bath.

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