How dangerous is your cosmetic cabinet
Even if you want to make healthy choices while buying personal care and cosometic products, you may not know how to do it. It can be difficult to know what’s really going on in your toothpaste, soap, or lipstick. I hope the article I prepared will help you.
Products that can be stored in the bathroom cabinet
We use personal care and cosmetic products every day. What can be in your bathroom cabinet?
– Shampoo and conditioner
– Soap, shower gel
– Bath salts and oils
– Perfumes, deodorants and antiperspirants
– Lipsticks and lip balms
– Hair styling products; hair dyes
– Makeup / cosmetics (foundation, eyeshadow, mascara etc.)
– Baby powder
– Hand cleaning wipes and hand disinfectants
– Sunscreen and tanners
– Shaving creams, hair removal products
– Facial cleansers, creams and tonics; acne treatment products
– Toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss
– Nail polish, polish removers and other nail products
– Contact lens / eyeglass cleaner and solutions
– Women’s hygiene products
Hazardous chemicals that threaten our health
Then, of course, there are a number of home cleaners and other chemicals that we often inhale or touch by breathing.
Here are the most important of the potentially harmful chemicals in your personal care products:
Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibacterial agent found in some toothpastes and some soaps. It has long-term toxic effects. Among other endocrine problems, triclosan can reduce thyroid function. Canada and Japan restrict the use of triclosan as a cosmetic ingredient. The most disturbing part is that Triclosan can form resistant bacteria. In other words, it can increase the problem it is trying to solve.
Perfume: Perfume is found in deodorants, face wash products, shampoos, shower gels and sunscreens. The term “perfume” can contain any of over 3,000 different chemicals. Studies show that some hidden ingredients also create perfume. Perfume mixtures have potential effects on the reproductive system, such as allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and low sperm count.
Toluene: It is a common solvent used in toluene paint thinners and can also be found in moisturizing creams and nail polishes. It is a strong neurotoxin that prevents breathing and causes nausea. Exposure can cause developmental damage to a developing fetus in the womb. Toluene is also associated with impaired immune system and cancer.
Parabens: Parabens are a compound used to increase the shelf life of many products. Parabens are among the endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen.
Formaldehyde Openers: Formaldehyde openers are an antimicrobial preservative class (such as DMDM hydantoin and Quaternium-15) used in about 20% of personal care products. They are toxic to the immune system and skin and are highly allergic. (Japan restricts their use.)
Oxybenzone: Oxybenzone is used as a UV light absorber in more than half of sunscreens. In fact, it can cause photoallergic reactions. It is also an endocrine disrupter.
How these chemicals enter the body
We are exposed to chemicals from personal care products in many ways. For example, we can breathe them through sprays and powders. We can swallow in lip cosmetics. We can absorb it through the skin and mucous membranes. Many products contain compounds that absorb ingredients deep into the skin and increase absorption.
We generally do not think that the components in personal care products can be harmful. For example, we assume that if they are allowed to be sold in pharmacies, they should be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always true.
In fact, apart from color additives and a few banned substances, cosmetic companies can use any ingredient or raw material they want in their products without supervision or approval. Terms such as “hypoallergenic” or “gentle” do not mean that a product is safer or even not gentle and allergic. In fact, less than 20% of cosmetic ingredients have been evaluated worldwide, and only 11 ingredients or chemical groups have been reported to be unsafe. “There is a lot of chemicals and not enough data. There are thousands and thousands of chemicals in which we don’t really have much information.” EPA research toxicologist Kevin Crofton said in an interview. he noted.
More than 500 products in the U.S. contain prohibited ingredients in cosmetic products in Japan, Canada, or the European Union. It should be remembered that exposure to many chemicals, including those of personal care products, can disrupt the brain and nervous system that develops during the development of the baby in the womb and in early childhood, and can prepare the ground for childhood and adulthood problems. Of course, this does not mean that chemicals are safe for adults. It is necessary to carefully select products for yourself and especially your children.
So what should be done for safer alternatives? Start by reading the product labels. Get to know brands you can trust. You can also create various alternatives to many personal care products.
– Use olive, almond, avocado or other light oil to remove makeup.
– Use sea salt or coffee grounds as a peeling.
– Use extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer and lip balm.
– You can use organic Rosewater or mineral water tonically.
– You can use plain yogurt mixed with lemon juice as a cleaner. Fruits and lactic acids work the same, and Lactobacillus bacteria in yogurt help with skin problems.
– You can try pineapple or moisturizing avocado pulp as peeling.
Treat acne with egg yolk (vitamin A, which makes egg yolk yellow, is also an active ingredient). Soak for a few minutes, rinse, and then take advantage of the antiseptic effect of a spot of tea tree or lavender oil.
– Rinse the hair with apple cider vinegar instead of hair conditioner – apple cider vinegar makes your hair easy to comb and shine.
– In the morning to remove oral health and toxins, remove the coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and rinse with water. Then dip your wet toothbrush into baking soda. Baking soda not only rubs your teeth, but also leaves your breath fresh after rinsing! If you wish, you can add one or two drops of peppermint oil to the antibacterial properties of peppermint oil.
You don’t have to throw everything you use right now into the trash and empty your entire bathroom overnight. It is enough to make informed decisions just to be aware, educate yourself and protect yourself and your loved ones.
– Make progressive changes, one product at a time.
– When it is time to discard an old product, make sure that the new product is safer.
– You can act by considering the cumulative load of everything you use. You do not have to discard every product you have or give up your favorite perfume. Start with minor changes and don’t stress yourself.
You don’t have to be fanatical to eliminate all the chemicals I mentioned here. You are not trying to be perfect or purify your body completely.
– Use fewer products. For example, body lotion, hand lotion, face cream, under-eye moisturizer, etc. try just one type of moisturizer instead.
– If you are spraying something, do not breathe directly.
– Prefer essential oils instead of perfumed air fresheners.
– Choose the unscented ones when choosing your products. If you absolutely need fragrance, you can choose essential oils.
– Do not try to destroy bacteria with products in house cleaning. Plain soap and water, apple cider vinegar will be enough to remove bacteria from everyday life.
In order to protect yourself and your loved ones and to become conscious about safer products and materials, you can create your own alternatives by participating in our individual counseling and group workshops where I offer natural methods, products, care and anti-aging alternatives.
Stay with love.
How dangerous is your cosmetic cabinet