Are you using these toxic substances on your skin?
Most skin care products are loaded with toxic ingredients that can cause everything from mild irritation to cancer! Here are the eight most common ones you could accidentally be slathering on your skin:
Mineral oil -- A petroleum derivative. Because it causes toxins to build up in the skin, it can accelerate the aging process.
Petrolatum(petroleum jelly) -- The most familiar petroleum derivative. Prevents skin from being able to breath, traps toxins inside the skin's layers.
Sodium laurel (or lauryl or laureth) sulfate -- An industrial detergent that strips skin of its moisture barrier and has been linked to eye damage -- among many other harmful things.
Propylene glycol-- The main active ingredient in anti-freeze and brake fluid. It breaks down cell structure and has been linked to kidney damage as well as liver and brain problems.
Parabens -- Highly toxic preservatives used to extend product shelf life.
Talc (talcum powder) -- Shown to cause cancer in lab animals. It creates acute respiratory distress if inhaled and has been linked to ovarian cancer.
Fragrance -- Can contain thousands of potentially toxic, ingredients! It is the most common cause of allergies and reactions to skin care products.
FD&C Colors -- Usually made from coal tar. They are often used in skin care products, and some are considered carcinogenic (cancer-causing).