When the alarm rings the modern woman slowly gets out of bed and starts her day with a routine that could be dangerous to her health. From the time she turns on the shower and until she dresses she could expose herself to hundreds of toxic chemicals that are beautifully packaged and marketed as benign products with promises of better looks and a better life. What is really happening?
In the shower, under a steady stream of warm water, she gently scrubs her body with Ammonia, Formaldehyde and Phenol. Next, she shampoos her tinted hair with mutagenic DEA and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Rinsing the shampoo, she applies more mutagenic DEA & Propylene Glycol and lets it penetrate while she pops the top on the shaving cream and shaves her legs with A-Pinene.
The shower finished, she towel dries and spreads on an even coat of Contaminant, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PHAs) and a dusting of an Asbestos Substance over her skin. She sprays the scented Aluminum under her arms, brushes her teeth with FD&C Blue#l & Resorcinol, Saccharin, and Fluoride. Then she rinses and gargles with Ethanol and Phenol Alcohol. She combs setting gel through her hair then blows it dry and sprays it with polyvinylpyrrolidine (PVP).
Sitting at her vanity, she carefully applies a thin film of Phenol Carbolic Acid. Dioxin and Propylene Glycol, over her face to reduce the fine lines.
Today, she’ll wear foundation and a little FD&C Red #3. And, better add some eye-Iron Oxide for today is a special meeting and a little Toxic and Mutagenic Ascorbyl Palmitate to line her lids and a stroke of Bacteria & Polyvinylpyrrolide (PVP) to her lashes.
A dab of Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene to color her lips, a spritz of her favorite scent, Toluene and Benzaldehyde, and a little Carcinogenic Nitrosamine, NMPABAO on her face arms and legs to block the suns rays and she is set for the day. She looks radiant and healthy .. but her looks are killing her!
If you are wondering if these poisons are being absorbed through her skin go cut open a clove of garlic and rub it on the bottom of your foot and see how long it takes to taste it in your mouth… about 3 seconds.
WHAT ARE THE HAZARDS OF USING THESE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
• BAR SOAP has a pH of 9, which removes the protective acid mantle of the skin making it more alkaline and therefore. more vulnerable to penetration. It also contains ammonia, formaldehyde and phenol, as wells as known carcinogens and triclocarbans.
• SHAMPOO contains cocamide DEA, which is associated with carcinogenic nitrosamines and sodium lauryl sulfate, a known mutagen.
• HAIR TINT contains quaternium-Ifi, which releases carcinogenic formaldehyde and the carcinogen, phenylenediamine.
• HAIR CONDITIONER contains DEA & Propylene Glycol both known mutagenic carcinogens.
• SHAVING CREAM contains a-pinene, a chemical that damages the immune system.
• BODY LOTION contains mineral oil, which, as a cosmetic grade petroleum product, includes the contaminant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PHAs) known as xenoestrogens that can mimic estrogen in the body.
• DUSTING POWDER contains talc, a substance like asbestos. When talc was combined with a common air pollutant, benzo( a)pyrene, it induced tumors in 80% of the animals tested. Many scientists believe talc should be placed on the “known carcinogens” list.
• DEODORANT has aluminum, which is being tested in connection to Alzheimers.
• TOOTHPASTE contains saccharin and FD&C Blue#l, which are carcinogens. It also contains resorcinol, which can cause a blood disorder (methemoglobinemia), convulsions and death. Fluoride is also a known carcinogen.
• MOUTHWASH contains 27% ethanol, which is suspected of causing esophageal cancer. It also contains phenol, which can cause fatal poisonings through skin absorption.
• HAIR SPRAY contains polyvinylpyrrolidine (PVP) and reports show that it may cause harm if the particles are inhaled. Modest intravenous doses fed to rats caused tumors.
• SKIN MOISTURIZER contains phenol carbolic acid, which can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and death as a result of respiratory failure. It also contains PEG-40, which contains dangerous levels of dioxin and propylene glycol, which studies show can negatively alter brain waves and cause liver and kidney disorders.
• BLUSH contains FD&C Red #3, which caused human breast cells to grow. mimics the effect of natural estrogen at the molecular level and damages the genetic material of human breast cells.
• EYE SHADOW contains iron oxide, which is a suspected carcinogen, teratogen or toxin.
• EYELINER contains ascorbyi palmitate, and studies suggest that the palmitates are to be considered carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic.
• MASCARA may be contaminated with bacteria. It also contains polyvinylpyrrolide (PVP), a carcinogen and sometimes lead.
• LIPSTICK contains paraffin, which is a mixture of hydrocarbons and is derived from petroleum. It is known to be contaminated with the carcinogens, benzo-a-pyrene and benzo-b-fluroanthene.
• PERFUME contains toluene, a suspected potent carcinogen that was found in every fragrance tested, and benzaldehyde, which is a central nervous system depressant that may cause kidney damage.
• SUNSCREEN contains padimate 0 and the preservative, BNPD, which together create the carcinogenic nitrosamine, NMPABAO.
WHAT IS IN YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS?
Take a few moments and look at the ingredients of the skin care products you own. Do you recognized any of these names?
Here are a few of the most common suspicious ingredients:
• Acrylamide — Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.
• Butylated bydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
• Dioxane — Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbate&, Laureth, ethoxylated alchohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver arc the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”. Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”.
• Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum — Petroleum products 1hat coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues. Slows cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. Suspected cause of cancer, and disruptive of hormonal activity. By the way, when there’s an oil spill in the ocean, don’t they rush to clean it up – fast? Why put that stuff on your skin?
• Parabens — Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.
• Phenol carbolic acid — Found in many lotions and skin creams can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
• Propylene glycol — Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.
• Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS) also know as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) can be found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners … And in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived”.
• Toluene — Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage. and may affect a developing fetus.
The FDA doesn’t regulate skin care products. A cosmetic manufacturer may use any ingredient without government approval. Most of the 25,000 chemicals used, have NOT been tested for long-term toxic effects. The associations that are supposed to assess the safety of the ingredients are made up of the chemical companies that manufacture the cosmetics! And, 89% of the ingredients in the personal care products haven’t even been evaluated for safety. The government is not checking this $35 billion industry.
HOW CAN YOU FIND HEALTHY SKIN CARE PRODUCTS?
METABOLIC BALANCE CAN HELP
Metabolic Balance® offers a scientific basis to determine which foods are best for each of us. Participants in the Metabolic Balance® program receive individualized meal plans that include the most wholesome foods that will work best with each person’s metabolism, detox and remove toxins from the body, and reach optimum health. I offer weekly meetings for my clients for support and learning. Some of what I cover in the classes for my clients participating in my Metabolic Balance® program is to understand how chemicals in personal care products negatively affects the body and how to recognize healthy personal care products.
Metabolic Balance® has individualized programs for weight management & optimal health. If you are interested in finding out more about metabolic balance,® contact Myra. You can also visit MetabolicBalanceCalifornia.com. Sign up now for monthly news & tips.
Copyright © 2011 –, Myra Nissen.
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