Want to know if your favourite beauty products contain toxic ingredients? Before you fall in love with a product, do a toxic background check for your health.
You’ve got to look at each product on the shelves in a store with a sly eye. Always wonder if they just might have slipped in an ingredient or two that will “enhance” the product or shelf life, but harm your body in all kinds of alarming ways. It’s an eye opening experience when you finally realise it. Many beauty product manufacturers are still putting ingredients into their product lines that can harm their faithful customers.
Why do they put bad or toxic ingredients in their products? Typically it’s to improve shelf life, prevent bacterial growth, make something smoother or mix together better or even to make its colour or smell stand out from the rest. In the end though, these additions to your favorite products may have the added intended benefit.
However, they may have health implications that can cause cancer, skin reactions or long term damage to internal organs. They may even cause slow and continual bioaccumulation. This can build up over time to a toxic level in your body. It’s definitely up to you, but most people don’t willingly smear something on to get rid of their crows feet just to go ahead and poison their liver or heighten their risk of getting cancer.
Do something about this attack on your health. Take a moment to look up whether the main products you’ve been buying have anything that is alarming in them. If you don’t want to bother looking up each product, try to learn the key ingredients of each type of product that are the most harmful. A good example is nail polish, which has a common group of chemicals called the, “Toxic Trio.” We found a guide that shows the unwanted ingredients in nail polish that helps point out those key toxic ingredients. The toxic trio ingredients mentioned in the Toxic Cosmetics guide for nail polish are: Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Toluene and Formaldehyde.
Just remember that as you get better at spotting things like the Toxic Trio in nail polish, you can keep expanding on the toxic chemicals you know shouldn’t be in your favorite products. If you utilise the guide we referred to above, you can also check on other product types such as cosmetics, skin care products, things to avoid while pregnant and more. It helps to have a short list of the known toxic chemicals in products you use every day. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro at realising whether you and your family are poisoning yourselves. Or, can you relax knowing you’re being as healthy as you can.
Use All Sources
Another quick way to learn whether an ingredient in your products is toxic or not is to use your friend Google. Just read the ingredient label on your product and type in the chemical name (some can be a pain to type) and include “is it toxic?” Of course that sounds simple and obvious, but not many people are doing this. Don’t just trust any old site though. Some of the sites are produced by people that work in the cosmetics industry. They are paid to say chemicals are at acceptable levels even though they’re known to cause cancer. Look for sites like the EWG or the American Cancer Society, those do a pretty good job at remaining unbiased.
We hope that this at least sparks your interest in checking into the long list of ingredients on your product labels. Good luck on your discovery tour!