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by on May.24, 2010, under Uncategorized

Article refers to Weekender, Saturday 22, May 2010 Healthwise , Star Newspaper

Not too sure what use and what to trash? Here is a glossary of ingredients to look out for.

Mineral oil: Typically found in lipsticks, lotions, makeup removers and liquid foundations, mineral oil is actually crude oil derived from petroleum. It coats the skin like a film, preventing pores from breathing.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA): while AHA is organic and a desirable hydrating ingredient and natural exfoliant, a high percentage of it not only removes dead skin cells but also your skin’s natural protective layer. Long term use can leave your skin more susceptible to harmful UV rays.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Found in cosmetics, toothpaste, and shampoo. SLS in high concentrations will dry out the skin. When combined with other common chemicals, it can also form carcinogenic compounds. SLS is actually used in labs to cause skin irritations for research.

Formalin: Would you put the same substance used in labs to preserve dead bodies on your skin? Quite unlikely but this very substance is found in nail polish, shampoos and skin creams. It is linked to asthma and cancer.

Talc: Found in loose and pressed powders, blushes and baby powder, talc is a potentially harmful ingredient when inhaled.

Collagen: While many of us are still riding high on the ” wonderful plumping effects” of collagen, the ingredient added to cosmetics creams and moisturiser are actually extracted from animal skins. Because it cannot penetrate the pores, collagen of this origin only clogs the pores and keeps the skin from functioning properly.

Lanolin: While purported as a good skin ingredient, lanolin is actually a fat derived from wool. It is known to casue irritations and rashes on the skin.

DEA,MEA and TEA: Commonly found in shampoos, soaps and facial cleaners, the three are hormone-disrupting chemicals known to form cancer. A recent government report proved that DEA and MEA are redaily absorbed into the skin.

Fragrance: Many of the compounds found in fragrance are carcinogenic or toxic. Most are synthetic. Clinical observations by medical doctors have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavior changes.

Paraben: Used to prolong the shelf life of products, paraben may be widely used but it is also known to be toxic. Regular use can result in allergic reactions.

Benzaldehyde: regular use of products with this ingredient can cause irritation to the mouth, throat, eyes, skin, lungs, nausea, and pain. Long-term use can result in kidney damage.

Synthetic colours: A popular dye used in mainly lipstick, these are believed to be carcinogenic, especially Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5,6 and Red 33. Many contain coal tar and may contain arsenic and lead.

Propylene Glycol: This ingredient can cause skin rashes and contact dermatitis. It has also been shown to cause damage to the kidneys and liver. Yet, it is commonly found in beauty creams, cosmetics and cleansers.

Keep a checklist of dangerous ingredients with you the next time you are out shopping? Not too sure what to look out for? Checkout Environmental Working Group Website (EWG) at http://www.ewg.org/. There is a list of ingredients that have been identified as caused of potential harm.

Article Refer to : Weekender, Saturday 22, May 2010 Healthwise , Star Newspaper

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