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10 Ingredients to Avoid

10 Ingredients to Avoid in your Personal Care Products

Sodium Laureth Sulfates  (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate)

If you find these in a shampoo's listing of ingredients as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), you should know that these harsh chemical surfactants are simply foaming agents to give shampoos that thick "luxurious" foam in order to create the illusion that you're getting hair cleaner, when you're really not. SLS's are also a penetration enhancer and known skin irritant. Look for farm grown ingredients such as gylcerine and glucosides that come naturally from corn and sugar, usually found on the label as decyl glucodisde, lauryl glocoside or coco-glucoside. These organic ingredients won't give you that abundant lather you may be accustomed to with chemicals, but try the natural shampoo for a few weeks and your hair will become healthier, shinier, silkier and softer.

Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl) (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraben)

Used to inhibit microbial growth and to extend the shelf life of products, these ingredients have caused allergic reactions and skin rashes, and in one laboratory study, parabens were found in breast tumors. This controversial study has fueled the belief that parabens in cosmetics migrated into the breast tissue and contributed to the development of tumors. The FDA's own research states, “While exposure to sufficient doses of exogenous estrogen can increase the risk of certain adverse effects”*. The cosmetic industry holds steady that parabens are safe for general population use, but because its hormone mimicking properties have proven enough of a "what if", wary consumers are opting now for paraben-free products and cosmetics. And no wonder: parabens penetrate the skin and appear in the blood. A Review of the Endocrine Activity of Parabens and Implications for Potential Risks to Human Health.  http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408440490920104

Phthalates (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalates) (pronounced THA-lates)

These ingredients are additives widely used in plastics and other materials, primarily to improve flexibility; in cosmetics they are used to bind fragrance to the product. It is, however, thought by environmentalists that adverse health effects of phthalates include: early puberty in girls, premature delivery, impaired sperm quality and sperm damage in men, genital defects and reduced testosterone production in boys, genital defects and testicular cancer. Source: www.environmentcalifornia.org. Read this article from a leading hospital, Beauty Chemicals Tied to Early Puberty.  http://www.insidecosmeceuticals.com/articles/2010/04/beauty-chemicals-tied-to-early-puberty.aspx

1,4 Dioxane (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1,4-Dioxane)

This by-product of a chemical-processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide, is a possible carcinogen. 1,4-Dioxane is primarily used in solvent applications for manufacturing; furthermore, it is also found in fumigants and automotive coolant. It may contaminate cosmetics as well as personal care products such as deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes. 1,4-dioxane is a known eye and respiratory tract irritant. It is suspected of causing damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. Dioxane is classified by the IARC as a Group 2B carcinogen: possibly carcinogenic to humans due to the fact that it is a known carcinogen in animals.

Formaldehyde (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formaldehyde)
Stay away from this carcinogenic impurity released by a number of cosmetic preservatives, including diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15. According to reviews by the industry-funded Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel, these cosmetic ingredients can release formaldehyde at levels as high as one-tenth that of the original ingredient. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as "carcinogenic to humans", and the U.S. National Toxicology Program has classified it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen", based on emerging evidence in humans and robust evidence in animals.

Propylene Glycol (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol)

This synthetic petrochemical mix used as humectants has been known to cause allergic reactions in higher concentrations. Incidence of allergic contact dermatitis to propylene glycol may be greater than 2% in patients with eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) or PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels, be careful because these are related synthetics.

Diethanolamine (DEA), (en.wikipedia.org/Diethanolamine) Triethanolamine (TEA)   (en.wikipedia.org/Triethanolamine)

Often used in cosmetics as emulsifiers or foaming agents, these ingredients can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are "amines" (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. They become toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. One study showed that DEA inhibits in baby mice the absorption of choline, which is necessary for brain development and maintenance. A 2004 study concluded "TEA may cause liver tumors in mice via a choline-depletion mode of action and that this effect is likely caused by the inhibition of choline uptake by cells.

Petrolatum, Mineral Oil  (www.livestrong.com/article/226763-side-effects-of-petrolatum)
Petrolatum or mineral oil jelly and mineral oils can cause skin photo-sensitivity or promote sun damage. Petrolatum may interfere with the body's moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping despite its cosmetic use as lip protection. According to the Environmental Working Group, petrolatum may be found in one of every 14 products as well as 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby lotions and oils. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.

Synthetic Colors (forbes.com/2012/08/27/living-in-color-the-potential-dangers-of-artificial-dyes)

Used to make cosmetics "pretty," synthetic colors, along with synthetic hair dyes, should be avoided at all costs. These seductive, unnecessary ingredients will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. The safety of products containing artificial colors has been a point of debate for decades – adversaries claiming that they are toxic, carcinogens and contributors to ADHD. Still, seven dyes remain on the FDA’s approved list for use in the United States. Whether or not external exposure to artificial colors is hazardous to our health is even less evident, because personal care products that contain artificial colors almost always contain numerous other unnatural chemicals, (sodium lauryl sulfateparabens, etc.) if a consumer experiences skin irritation or a reaction, determining the culpable ingredient can be tricky.

Synthetic Fragrances (huffingtonpost.com/natural-beauty-products_b_1367340.html)

Synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 different ingredients. The biggest problem with synthetic fragrance is that it is simply listed as "fragrance" or "parfum" on product labels, so one can never fully know the chemical make up of a certain product. Some serious problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper pigmentation, and skin irritation. A recent study released in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed an alarming number of unlabeled chemicals of concern in commonly used household and personal care products. The study was funded by Silent Spring Institute, which had 213 consumer products independently tested by Battelle Labs for 66 specific chemicals associated with either endocrine disruption or asthma.

 *Nuegreen would like you to be aware of a few of the chemicals that are in your common Personal Care items. Given that the average person use 14 different products every day, 365 days a year, it all adds up. These chemicals can be unsafe or questionable at best. There is absolutely no need for them to be in any product that comes in contact with your skin. Nuegreen sell hundreds of all natural, organic products which contain none of these chemicals. While any one chemical in a single product may be considered safe, the cumulative amount may exceeded those amounts and the interaction of numerous products and the multitude of unknown compounds they form is completely unregulated.