Avoid these Harmful Ingredients in Cosmetics and Toiletries
Check the labels! When selecting cosmetics and toiletries, choose
products which do not have any of the following ingredients:
This information was obtained from the October 1999 edition of What
Doctor's Don't Tell You magazine.
DEA, MEA, TEA cause
allergic reactions, irritate the eyes and dry the hair and skin.
Can be carcinogenic, especially to kidney and liver.
also known as mineral oil jelly, liquid Vaseline, paraffinum liquidum and
baby oil. Can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils
from the skin, causing chapping and dryness, also premature ageing.
Prevents elimination of toxins, can cause acne and other disorders.
Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin.
formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain, allergies, depression,
headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and asthma.
Can also weaken the immune system and even cause cancer. Found in
skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
Alcohol, or isopropylis
a poisonous solvent and denaturant (altering the structure of other chemicals).
Found in hair colour rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, aftercare lotions,
fragrances. Can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, flushing, depression.
Also, dries skin and hair, creates cracks and fissures in the skin which
encourage bacterial growth.
Sodium laurel sulphate (SLS)
is found in shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste's, body washes.
Strong detergent which can cause eye irritation, permanent damage to the
eyes, especially in children, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and
mouth ulceration. When combined with other ingredients, can form
nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. Easily penetrates the skin
and can lodge itself in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.
PVP/VA copolymer, a petroleum based
ingredient used in hair sprays.
Padimate-O, also known as octyl dimethyl,
PABA is found mostly in sunscreens. Like DEA, a nitrosamine-forming
agent. There is concern that the energy absorbed by this sunscreen
is then turned into free radicals, which may actually increase the risk
of skin cancer.
Methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl paraben,
used to extend a product's shelf life and inhibit microbial growth.
Highly toxic. Can cause rashes and other allergic reactions.
Synthetic colours: coal-tar dyes are
generally labelled as FD&C or D&C followed by a number. Carcinogenic.
Talc is found in
baby powders, face powders and body powders as well as on some contraceptives
such as condoms. Known carcinogen. A major cause of ovarian
cancer when used in the genital area. Can also lodge in the lungs,
causing respiratory disorders.
Fragrance Usually petroleum-based.
Can cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, respiratory problems, vomiting,
skin irritation and multiple chemical sensitivity.
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