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Looking Good Poisons

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2007-09-25 16:52

With my research into alternative body care products I am very glad to have found the following article to share with you.

Looking Good & Feeling Bad
Poisonous Cocktail in Everyday Sundries

BCNA newsletter: Your Health, Vol. 13 No. 3 / summer 2007

Women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 50lb of chemicals a year into their bodies, states a recent headline in the UK’s Daily Telegraph.

Many women use more than 20 different beauty products a day striving to look their best while nine out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date. But it’s not only women and make-up, it’s all sorts of skin care, shaving products, shampoos and sundries.

Dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed into the body through the skin.

Some synthetic compounds involved have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to premature ageing and cancer.

Richard Bence, a biochemist who has spent three years researching conventional products, said: “We really need to start questioning the products we are putting on our skin and not just assume that the chemicals in them are safe. We have no idea what these chemicals do when they are mixed together, the effect could be much greater than the sum of the individual parts.” Mr. Bence, an advocate of organic beauty products, believes that absorbing chemicals through the skin is more dangerous than swallowing them.

Bence notes, “If lipstick gets into your mouth it is broken down by the enzymes in saliva and in the stomach. But chemicals get straight into your bloodstream, there is no protection.”

Among chemicals under scrutiny are parabens (parahydroxybenzoic acids) which are preservatives used in products including soap, shampoo, deodorant and baby lotion. Traces of parabens have been found in breast tumour samples, although its link to the development of the cancer is disputed.

Sodium lauryl sulphate, used to help create later in soaps, shampoo, shaving foam, toothpaste and bubble bath, can cause skin irritation.

In the US, a 2004 report from the Environmental Working Group showed that most ingredients in personal care products have never been assessed for safety or toxicity.

In a separate test commissioned by the EWG, it was found that women’s blood or urine was contaminated with an average of 35 consumer product ingredients, including flame retardants, plasticizers, and stain-proof coatings. These mixtures of compounds found in furniture, cosmetics, fabrics, and other consumer goods have never been tested for safety. Worse, they are passed from mother to daughter through the womb.

For example, PFOS, a chemical found in Scotchguard, can be passed from mother to daughter in utero. It can take up to 60 years for that chemical to pass through the child.

Note from OutsideIN Life:
You may not be aware that "organic" is not a guarantee in itself. A product can be 30% organic or 82% organic, etc. This means that some of the ingredients in the product are organic but makes no claims regarding the other ingredients. Be an informed consumer and read the product label carefully.

The alternative I have found is the Palm'Hydra line of body care products.


Food Selection

Category: Food & Your Health
Posted: 2007-09-23 09:32

Food selection and menu preparation isn't always what we want to do with our precious free minutes. However, the more time we take to understand some keys, the better we take care of our body... initially from the OutsideIN.

Illness, injury, pain, and overall health are all impacted by what we eat, how we eat, and when we eat.

Check out Food of the Week. This site doesn't lack for anything!
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