What we choose to use on the outside of our skin, will affect our internal health. Today we are sharing with you some ingredients to avoid in conventional skin care products. They have been found to not only irritate the skin, but disrupt the endocrine system, linking them to hormonal cancers.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS): Is a cleaning agent, emulsifier, and makes products such as shampoo, toothpaste, and bubble bath, foam and bubble. We tend to like that. Due to its degreasing abilities, it’s been known to dry and irritate the skin and eyes. It’s also documented as an endocrine disruptor and thus carcinogenic.
Parabens: are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. They act as a hormone disruptor, by mimicking estrogen, and have been linked to breast cancer, testicular cancer and low sperm count.
Propylene glycol: One of the most widely used cosmetic ingredients, that permeates moisture from the product into the skin. It is found in everything; make-up, deodorant, lotions, baby products, mouth wash, suntan lotions. Strangely enough, it is also an ingredient in anti-freeze, adhesives, paints, varnishes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my paints and cosmetics to share ingredients.
Toluene: Is a crude oil added to gasoline, and is one of the ingredients found in nail polish and hair dyes. Toluene is a moderate skin irritant that can cause dermatitis with prolonged contact. Inhalation of toluene vapour can affect the central nervous system causing slight drowsiness and headache at low levels and irritation of the nose, throat and respiratory tract at increased levels.
Triclosan: is mainly used in deodorants and hand sanitizers, due to its antibacterial properties. It is the extensive use of triclosan in consumer products that have been linked to the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. It is also a known skin irritant and has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor.
We cannot stress the importance of making the switch to Natural Skin Care products. It’s such an easy choice that is both clean to your body and the environment. There are so many wonderful natural skin care options on the market that are hydrating, beautifying, cleansing, anti-aging and chemical-free. Give them a try, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Most importantly, your body will thank you.
Some of our favorites and local brands are; Matter Company, Green Beaver, Sudsatorium, Evan Healy, Pure + Simple, Joyous Health and Living Libations and can all be purchased locally.
Rachel Schwartzman is a board certified and licensed naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist and birth doula. She is an expert in the field of natural birth and has attended births since 2002. She has helped almost 200 families welcome their babies into this world. Rachel has a busy naturopathic practice in Toronto, Ontario and is co-founder of West End Naturopathic Doulas.