What’s Really In Your Makeup?

From Clean From Within Author, Dr. Trevor Cates.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health reported 900 toxic chemicals are used in skincare and cosmetic products. I think that number is even bigger! There are a number of toxins in skin-care products. On average, we use 9 products daily and that exposes us to an average of 126 unique ingredients.

Here are 3 toxic chemicals found in skin care products:

Fragrance We like to smell good and manufacturers know that, but the problem is that most skin care products contain synthetic fragrance, which is where many harmful ingredients are hidden. Fragrance contains a number of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). One of the chemicals of particular concern is diethyl phthalate (DEP). It is used to make smells last longer, but they’re known EDCs.

Parabens These are known xenoestrogens, which means they have estrogenic activity in the body. Parabens have been found in breast tumors, yet many skincare companies deny this means anything for your health.

Formaldehyde releasers – Look on the label for quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Bronopol, or imidazolidinyl urea. These ingredients are called formaldehyde releasers because they release formaldehyde into the surrounding air and liquids. In other words, when you rub skin care products containing these chemicals onto your skin, they can go into the air which you breathe or perhaps through your skin. Formaldehyde is known to cause DNA damage and cancer. It is most dangerous when inhaled and, in liquid form, can be absorbed through the skin.

Look for these easy alternatives instead:

  • Essential oils instead of synthetic fragrance
  • Rosemary extract instead of preservatives like parabens and formaldehyde releasers
  • Some of my other favorite topical ingredients include: arnica flower extract, aloe leaf, ginseng root extract, CoQ10, and Turmeric.

After two weeks, you can pick up your mirror, and I bet you’ll notice your skin is smooth and glowing. You’ll feel better on the inside too, while changing your genetic expression to reduce your risk for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain.

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