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To Live Younger Longer, Avoid Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients

I have lots of health conscious friends who  eat only organic food, but who are totally oblivious to the toxic cosmetic ingredients lurking in their skin care products.

Some grow their own food, raising it organically,  and take supplements to fill any gaps in their nutritional program.  Everything they do is green, natural and organic….except…

Toxic cosmetic ingredients

Live Younger Longer when you read labels and avoid toxic cosmetic ingredients.

Visit their bathroom and if you’re nosy, you might end up getting sick reading the list of toxic cosmetic ingredients in their personal care products.

Toxic cosmetic ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates, parabens, dyes, lead, formaldehyde and petroleum  are common in personal care  products of all kinds.  If you haven’t read the labels on your products lately, take another look.  Then do some research on what you’re using.  Unless you are using very pure products you will be horrified when you see what you’re putting on your skin, and into your bloodstream.

Believe me, I know…I used to be very casual about what I used…until I started doing some serious research.

So you might ask, “What’s the big deal.  I’m just putting them on my skin, it’s not like I’m eating them, right?”

The answer is, any toxic cosmetic ingredients that goes  on your skin goes right into your bloodstream.

In contrast  food goes into your digestive tract where enzymes help filter it out before it goes to your liver for more detoxification,  not so great for your liver but nevertheless marginally better for the rest of you than putting chemicals directly on your skin.  If that isn’t bad enough, the Environmental Working Group (which maintains a huge data base of information about personal care products and toxic cosmetic ingredients) reports that 56% of products in their data base contain penetration enhancers which assist the ingredients in their products to more effectively get through your skin.

Use of  these toxic products can cause damage to your immune system, your eyes (think about the mascara and eye shadow you use on the skin around your eyes which is especially sensitive) and your hair.  Since some of the chemicals are endocrine disruptors they can contribute to weight gain and negatively impact a developing fetus in women who are in their child bearing years.  Some of the ingredients are also carcinogenic, building up in your system over time putting you at risk for cancer.

Cosmetic companies argue that the ingredients aren’t harmful in the quantities used in a particular product.  That may or may not be true, but most people don’t use just one product….they use several.  Think about your morning routine…you use toothpaste, contact lens solution, soaps, gels, shampoos, conditioners, foundation, mascara, eye shadow, moisturizers, shaving creams and lotions….the list goes on.

Are you at risk of exposure to toxic cosmetic ingredients?

A 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group found that “one of every five adults is potentially exposed every day to all of the top seven carcinogenic impurities common to personal care product ingredients — hydroquinone, ethylene dioxide, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, PAHs, and acrylamide. ”

But aren’t personal care products regulated?  Doesn’t some agency like the FDA make sure only safe chemicals are used?  The answer is no.  Cosmetic companies are pretty much on their own when it comes to what they put in their products and what they tell you about them.  The FDA can’t require that products be tested for safety prior to use.  Nor does it have any systematic program for assessing cosmetic product safety, but rather relies on the industry to police itself.

To live younger longer, it is essential to read labels and only use very pure cosmetics and skin care

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To live younger longer choose only pure cosmetic products.

products.  If you buy your products at big box stores or at your local pharmacy, chances are they are toxic.  And don’t assume that they are safe if they say natural or organic.  Carcinogens are common in products with these kinds of labels which may actually have only a very few ingredients that are genuinely natural or organic.

How careful are you about the skin care products you use? Do you have toxic cosmetic ingredients hiding in your bathroom?

Please share this info and leave a comment.  Thanks.


PS…the EWG publishes a list a cosmetics and lets you know how safe they are.  CLICK HERE for information about a very safe alternative to conventional skin care.



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14 Responses to To Live Younger Longer, Avoid Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients

  1. Steve Vernon December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    The sad thing is that most people don’t take time to read labels on ANYTHING they purchase. They just run out and buy whatever is on sale or what they’re bombarded with through the media. We’re all guilty of this. I know I personally needed this reminder about personal care products and the fact that our skin is just as much a conductor of toxins as is our digestive system.

    As for the FDA . . . don’t even get me started on that one. We can’t even trust them to control what’s being distributed in doctors’ offices and across the pharmacy counters because of the industries that are filling that department’s pockets.
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    • Celeste Smucker December 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      Yes Steve…so true…but even people who do read labels seem to have a disconnect when it comes to skin care products. And I know what you mean about the FDA….definitely not out to protect us consumers. Thanks for your comments!

  2. Sadie-Michaela Harris December 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Goodness Celeste I would be in that same category, clueless about these product have such awful things in them. How it this being the case as I have read through you post that this is not outlawed? How can people be able to sell something which poisons the blood stream via our skin. It is outrageous! I for one am delight to have read this post and will look at labels more carefully. I always be products for sensitive skin, perfume and artificial colour free but who knows these could have dodgy things in them too! :)
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    • Celeste Smucker December 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Good questions you ask. At least in the US I expect the manufacturers do a good job of lobbying the FDA. Quite a few things are used here which are outlawed in all or parts of Europe. But everyone should always read labels…and for good info check out ewg.org which has a list of cosmetics and lets you know which ones are safe.

  3. Holly December 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Too true!! People have no idea the chemicals they are putting on their skin, hair and even ingesting!! I use products with no chemical preservatives and love them!! I have for years!! Great post you have here!! Yeah, toxic free!!
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    • Celeste Smucker December 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks Holly. Yes toxin free is worth cheering about for sure. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Michael December 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Very interesting post Celeste. The information is very informative and glad I stopped by to read. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day.
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  5. Donna Merrill December 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Celeste!

    I am a big label reader – from the grocery store to my cosmetics. I even carry around a small magnifying glass in my purse.

    When it comes to cosmetics, most people don’t realize what you have stated above! Even soaps and shampoo! Terrifying when you think of it.

    I’m a pretty lucky gal because I purchase my soap and hair care from a local person who grows her own herbs and makes her own products. What a difference it makes!

    As for cosmetics….I use Dead Sea products. It has triple the cost of most products out there, but has great effects and lasts longer. I usually don’t wear a lot of make up, but skin care and that anti aging stufff has become important to me. By using the natural products, I see a difference and feel my skin breathing.

    So happy you have written this post… so many people just take it for granted and don’t realize how the skin absorbs such toxins.


    • Celeste Smucker December 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      good for you…about reading labels…it is a little scary to see what people thoughtlessly put on their skin. You’re lucky to have the local person to buy from. I use a line of skincare that are manufactured by some friends so I know they are very pure and consciously created…which is what you get with your neighbor. I’m not familiar w/Dead Sea products but will check them out….I agree it’s well worth going w/a company that is genuinely pure. And the extra you pay comes back to you in other ways…like better health and more energy for not loading your body up with toxins. Thsnks for your comment.

  6. Ed March 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    This is a great article. I have neuroendocrine cancer / carcinoid cancer and I write a small blog and will be linking to this article. I try to alert people to endocrine disruptors and how they most likely cause cancer. Do you have any added info on this, or estrogen causing cancer, endocrine health, reversing cancer…etc. ?
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    • Celeste Smucker May 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Ed. As you know there is much in the way of info out there…if you haven’t discovered greenmedinfo.com created by Sayer Ji take a look . He has a lot of archives and recently was part of a large symposium on natural approaches to cancer which I believe was free. Also Naturalnews.com can be a good resource..I used to write regularly for them but got sidetracked. I wish you well in your search for healing and know meanwhile you are helping a lot of people with the info you are putting out there.

  7. Celeste Smucker May 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    You are so right…thanks for your comments. I always read every label carefully before I buy and have been able to find toxin free mascara…I don’t wear much in the way of other kinds of eye makeup….I am truly amazed at what people are wiling to put on their skin.


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