Save the skin

Since B was born, skin care is one of my concern. Not only the skincare but also the detergent,which directly related and touched the skin. For the last two weeks, B have an eczema. Even this skin problem is common for the baby, but the treatment is need to do very careful. The skin care used to not cause the skin very dry, irritated, and itchy. So, it must be a non perfume, non paraben and non soap skincare.

But then, I find there are so many ingredients in skincare product act as poison to our skin. It’s easily absorb to our blood then activate the hormone which can cause the cancer. So, this is a real homework for me to more patiently read the cosmetic/skincare ingredients as well as the food when I want to buy them.

So, here are the list of ingredients that you might want to avoid from here on out to prevent such as cancer.

[PARABENS]
Look for any ingredient that ends in “paraben”. Parabens are estrogen mimickers, meaning when absorbed it takes on the qualities of estrogen. It’s key not to increase our estrogen levels in prevention of breast cancer. Here is the kicker: parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors and it makes healthy breast cells act as cancer cells.

[PHTHALATES]
Phthaltes are linked to early puberty in girls, which significantly increases the chance of breast cancer later in life. Phthalates disrupt our glands. Look for any ingredient that ends in “phthalate”. A common carrier of phthalates is nail polish and synthetic fragrances. Other diseases that Phthalates caused are infertility, uterine cancer, testicular cancer, fetal defects.

Phthalates are also used in many plastics to make them soft and/or flexible. They are commonly used to prolong the longevity of fragrance in personal care products, fragrances, and cosmetics. There are many types of phthalates and a good amount are banned from cosmetics and children’s toys in Europe. As of 2009, the U.S. established some phthalates not exceed 0.1 percent in children’s toys. You can also find phtalates in vinyl, medical devices, packaging, food products, baby bottles, and sex toys. Some hospitals are phasing out plastics in infant intensive care units.

Unfortunately, phthalates do not have to be listed as an ingredient on consumer products. Some products do state “phthalates free”. To avoid phthalates, choose fragrance-free products, stay away from plastics with the recycle codes 3 and 7, cut off plastic water/soda bottle use (especially if pregnant), purchase BPA/pthalate free baby bottles, remove plastic/vinyl shower curtains, replace plastic food storage containers with glass, stay away from canned foods (cans inner coating contains phthalates) and dispose of old plastic toys (U.S. phthalate toy regulation started in 2009).

[SULFATES]
Usually written as
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA.

In your shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, body was, liquid hand soap, shaving cream, bubble bath/bath oil/bath salts, toothpaste, hair color & hair bleach, and worse, your baby products.

Sulfates are a foaming agent that strip all oils, leaving surfaces barren and dehydrated, which explains why there is a huge need for conditioners and moisturizers marketing tool. We have been trained to think that a soap only works when it lathers up due to an added ingredient known as sulfate. This fluffy lather has been created to evoke “cleanliness”.

So here it is.SULFATES. FOAM. LATHER. NOT CLEAN.So wrong!

Besides creating a foam party, here are sulfates and their ‘gentler’ clones do.Unnatural hair loss, damage follicles, irritate skin (dermatitis), potentially create carcinogens through contact with other ingredients, fade color treated hair, strip essential oils, damage the immune system, may impair brain, heart and eye function.

Lather does not mean Cleansing.

Again, check on those ingredients. There are lots of great performing sulfate-free products (that may lather naturally) in the marketplace to replace those sulface-ridden products.

[FLUORIDE]
Shocker! Despite it’s claim to prevent cavities, it’s a dangerous toxic chemical. Most of the fluoride used in dental products and in water supply fluoridation is a by-product of making fertilizer. What’s even a shocker is, the FDA lists fluoride as an “unapproved new drug” and the EPA lists fluoride as a “contaminant”. Fluoride has NEVER received ‘FDA Approval’. It has been linked to florosis in children, Acne, Alzheimer’s, kidney damage, cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment, bone and tooth decay.

[TRICLOSAN]
Can also be listed as:
5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) -; 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXY DIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) – PHENOL; PHENOL, 5CHLORO2 (2,4DICHLOROPHENOXY) ; 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXYDIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; CH 3565; IRGASAN; IRGASAN DP300; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) –

Triclosan is found in antibacterial products such as soap, hand sanitizer, clothing, shoes, deodorants, toothpaste, cutting boards, sponges, toys, and cosmetics. Studies have shown that triclosan is an endocrine disruptor and enables bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant.

Triclosan is so prominent, the CDC states that it is found in 75% of the population’s urine. The American Medical Association advises against the use of antibacterial soap at home to prevent the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibacterial soap has been found no more effective than regular soap.

Triclosan is in drinking water and a large percentage of rivers. The EPA does not regulate levels of triclosan in drinking water.The European Union has a ban on triclosan for products that come in contact with food.

Triclosan is a listed ingredient in products. Depending on the type of product, you can find it listed in the Drug Facts box or in the ingredient list.Get to know what your products contain. You can limit your triclosan intake.

[RETINYL PALMITATE] 
Can also be listed as:
RETINYL PALMITATE, AXEROPHTHOL PALMITATE; RETINOL, HEXADECANOATE; RETINOL PALMITATE; VITAMIN A PALMITATE; HEXADECANOATE RETINOL; AQUASOL A; AROVIT; OPTOVIT-A; RETINOL PALMITATE; VITAMIN A PALMITATE

Retinyl palmitate comes from the retin-A family, a derivative of vitamin A. While this vitamin A family is successful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles (while making skin ultra sensitive and sometimes raw), it causes chemical reactions when exposed to sunlight.

Retinyl palmitate is coming to the forefront as a new, yet controversial, ingredient in sunscreen.According to EWG, 41% of sunscreens being sold to us, this year alone, contain retinyl palmitate.This is definitely a questionable ingredient to include in skincare, especially suncare, due to its phototoxicity and thermal instability.

Seventeen studies have been published by the FDA on the effects of retinyl palmitate. According to these studies, they found that retinyl palmitate forms free radicals in sunlight and alters chromosomes. It has also been found to increase tumor growth in rats by 21%. An ingredient that potentially mutates into a carcinogen with sunlight should not be in our skin products.

Retinyl palmitate can be found in some sunscreen, sunscreen makeup, facial moisturizers, anti-aging treatments, skin peels, foundation, lip treatments, lip gloss, lipstick, blush, and eye cream.

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Even there are controversies behind all these facts, I think we should know what we use in everyday life. This danger threads our health, slowly but sure. Maybe natural cosmetic and skincare product or use home remedies will be the best choices.

ps. I found this very useful source via MySewCalledLife

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One thought on “Save the skin

  1. I totally agree; I was born with a slew of severe skin issues and it looked like the only option was to take pills, shots, creams etc. I was taking this steroid eczema cream my whole life and I realized it was cancer-causing. It took me about 25 years to realize there are other options out there…natural healing. That has helped me mitigate all my issues and I will never stray from these approaches ever again. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

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