How To Know Which Chemicals To Avoid
Advertisers have done a great job at convincing us that our bodies are disgusting. They have been for years, which is why we buy up the beauty shelves. But if you read the labels on these products, you’ll discover they are doing more harm than good. As a consumer, you should be aware that you may be putting hazardous chemicals into your body.
Exfoliation has probably been a part of your beauty routine for many years, but how do you exfoliate? Sure, you might not feel the difference in your skin at first, but the chemicals in department store body scrubs can cause serious harm and accelerate the skin’s aging process over time.
Not only are they harmful, but beauty products that department stores and spas sell often cost hundreds of dollars and only cost pennies to make. The good news is that you can make beauty products at home using 100% organic ingredients. Learn why you need to read labels on your beauty products.
Dangerous Ingredients in Body Scrubs
Like most beauty products, body scrubs contain fragrances. Artificial fragrances have been associated with allergies, breathing problems, and even effects on the reproductive system.
Body scrubs also contain preservatives called parabens. Parabens are often used as preservatives because they are effective in preventing the growth of bacteria. These synthetic agents have been linked to the increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive issues in women.
Sodium lauryl sulfate
You can also find this synthetic chemical in car washes because it is so harsh. Your skin feels so clean because this chemical is literally stripping your skin of its natural oils. Sodium lauryl sulfate is also known for irritating the skin, eyes and respiratory system. If combined with other chemicals, the result could mean kidney or lung damage.
Not only do these tiny beads cause harm to our bodies, but they also do a number to our environment. Once the product washes down the drain, it ends up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Next, the fish swallow the microbeads after they have absorbs all the toxins in their path. Unfortunately, the microbeads end their journey on our dinner table. Therefore, stay away from products that contain polyethylene and polypropylene.