Skin Moisturizer and Cancer in a Bottle
Ladies, Do you believe you are “taking care of yourselves” by slathering your bodies with skin moisturizer, scrubs, night creams, and the like. It’s all a prettily-packaged, sweet-smelling lie.
You are actually polluting your bodies with a toxic soup of thousands of industrial chemicals.
There are currently more than 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States. The majority have never been studied and are not regulated.
Among them, methylparaben, a widely used synthetic preservative that’s been linked to breast cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, and developmental defects.
Established in 1971, The Presidents Cancer Panel is a group of three distinguished experts who review America’s cancer program and report directly to the president. In a landmark 200 page report published in 2010 this panel expressed concern about the 80,000 mostly untested chemicals that have proliferated into our products. “We wanted to let people know that we’re concerned, and that they should be concerned,” Professor Leffall , a panelist member said.
The report blames weak laws, lax enforcement and fragmented authority, as well as the existing regulatory presumption that chemicals are safe unless strong evidence emerges to the contrary.
Here are some chemicals that should concern you:
These petrochemical plasticizers were once used to soften your child’s rubber ducky. They are linked to sexual development abnormalities. They are also used to enhance the fragrance of your favorite personal care products including skin moiosturizer.
Companies are not required to list phthalates on labels (except in California), so look for products designated phthalate-free.
This group of synthetic, estrogenic preservatives contains methylparaben, along with propylparaben, butylparaben, and pretty much anything with a -paraben in its name.
And they’re everywhere: A 2006 CDC study found parabens in nearly all of the urine samples collected from over 2,500 American adults.
You might not recall but in a previous blog post I reported that 88% of all breast cancer tumors biopsied had parabens in them. As stated above parabens are everywhere including skin moisturizer, shampoo, hand creams etc.
Scent is considered a trade secret and is not required by law to be disclosed. The generic term fragrance on a label is actually a catch-all term for nearly 4,000 (mostly man-made) chemicals. Many of these can trigger allergies, disrupt hormones, and act as neurotoxins.
Unfortunately, even products labeled unscented can contain harmful masking agents.
Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate
SLS, as it’s widely known, is an effective detergent found in nearly 90 percent of all commercial shampoos.
There’s no need to spread lies…the truth is scary enough.
If you have the suspicion that washing your face is making your skin dry, or that shampooing is giving you an itchy scalp or making your eyes sting, or that cleaning your teeth is giving you mouth ulcers, sodium lauryl sulfate is the likely culprit.
Even natural hair care lines sold at health food stores can contain the chemical, so read labels carefully.
It is actually a pesticide and herbicide. It is commonly used to kill plants and insects. Makers of SLS recently petitioned to have SLS listed as an approved pesticide for organic farming.
The application was denied because of its polluting properties and environmental damage
What does EWG do?
EWG is a non profit, non-government controlled organization that reviews products for toxicity and harmful chemicals and maintains a comprehensive data base of common household products. It is a great resource. Check out your favorite moisturizer then make the switch to organics.
The conclusion is obvious. moisturizers, cremes and lotions and potions pose a health risk. When possible, buy certified organic. Keeping your skin moist may help seem like it is helping your beauty, but actually many of these products have a long term deleterious effect on skin quality and besides, there is nothing pretty about cancer
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