5 Toxic Ingredients To Stop Using Immediately

Posted by on August 12, 2017 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
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By Power Of Positivity

“Even in tiny amounts, many of the chemicals commonly found in our cosmetics can have a tremendous health and hormonal impact, and we are only beginning to understand the consequences.” – Dr. Trevor Cates

It’s hard to know what ingredients are in everything we use on a daily basis. From lotion, to makeup, to shampoo, there are things that we use every day that oftentimes go overlooked because they’re so commonplace. When was the last time we all stopped to really think about the types of ingredients that are being used in our shampoos?

Things that we use every day in our morning or nightly routines could be full of potentially toxic chemicals. Not only are some of these chemicals bad for our bodies, but they’re also bad for our environment. Some of these ingredients are more toxic than others, but there’s still an alternative to help keep our bodies free from unhealthy chemicals. Take a look at these five different toxic ingredients that can be found in our everyday bathroom routine.

If You Have These 5 Toxic Ingredients At Home, Throw Them Away

1. FORMALDEHYDE

This particular ingredient is a naturally occurring gas. It is often used as a preservative, so if this ingredient sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking back to 8th grade science class. The EPA and Toxic Substance Control Act heavily regulate the use of formaldehyde, however, there are no restrictions currently for beauty products that contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is most often found as a preservative in hair products and face makeup.

When checking ingredients lists, watch out for things like ‘diazolidinyl urea” and “quaternium-15”, which are preservatives themselves that release formaldehyde.

2. PETROLATUM

This is an ingredient that is used in lipstick to keep it moist. Petrolatum can also be found in lotions and creams. Petrolatum is considered a “crude oil”. It’s not currently restricted in America, and the FDA has approved its over-the-counter uses. However, with Petrolatum, there comes a risk of cross-contamination with chemicals that can cause cancer that are often found in crude oil. To cut out petrolatum altogether, buy products that are made by brands that you know don’t use this particular ingredient.

To cut out petrolatum altogether, buy products that are made by brands that you know don’t use this particular ingredient.

3. TRICLOSAN

This ingredient is found in toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash, deodorants and shampoo. It’s an antibacterial as well as a preservative, however, the FDA has recently banned its usage in both body and hand wash. Yet, it can still be found in mouth products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. While it may be good to fight against gum disease, the risks of long-term triclosan usage show potential disruption to hormones, allergies, and can even be linked to certain cancers. Keep an eye out for this particular ingredient, and try buying natural toothpastes and mouth washes.

Keep an eye out for this particular ingredient, and try buying natural toothpastes and mouth washes.

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