I just received the latest HealthyChild.org newsletter. They are always full of important information — you might want to sign up for them if you are interested in the latest news about non-toxic, healthy living.
One of the articles was about “Chemicals to Avoid in Your Personal Care Products.”
I think many parents are still not aware of the dangers of harmful chemicals that get added to lotions, shampoos, etc., so here are just a few you should avoid — not just in your children’s personal care products!
Initially, I wanted to know more about unhealthy skincare products so my son Landon wouldn’t get exposed to them, but once I learned about chemicals in these products, it was only natural that I now also avoid them myself.
8 Chemicals to Avoid in Skincare Products:
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents.
“Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic.
Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like Saran Wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing. It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil—and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin!
A synthetic antibacterial ingredient that has been compared to Agent Orange.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
They are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors — AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner, and toothpaste.
Read the whole articles for even more information.
Do you want to know what’s in your skincare products? Then make your own! Here is a post about Homemade Skin Care with several easy recipes, and here is another.