How Safe Are The Products In Your Home?
Thousands of chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients are used in household, personal and skin care products: Cosmetic and personal care product industries worldwide are unregulated by government and are essentially self-regulating. There are no requirements for pre-market ingredients and product safety testing. While nearly all nations require ingredient labelling, which most consumers have a hard time in deciphering, not only are the labels uninformative, they are at best tokenistic. Few governments have taken even minimal regulatory action, specifically seizure or recall, against any products containing controversial ingredients, in spite of strongly supportive scientific evidence. This virtual absence of regulation is disturbing as most people in developed countries use multiple personal care products and cosmetics, each day for a life time. This is even more alarming since the skin's role is a carrier more than a barrier and this has been well known for decades. These controversial ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products pose greater risks, than does food contaminated with pesticides. Contaminants taken in by the mouth are absorbed from the intestines into venous blood which then reaches the liver. Once in the liver, they can be detoxified to varying degrees by deactivating enzymes before reaching the rest of the body. Contaminants absorbed through the skin bypass the liver and reach the general blood circulation without this protective detoxification. So until these controversial ingredients are properly regulated or warnings placed on the products labels letting us know of the risks, it would be best to avoid products with these ingredients.
Time to protect babies from potentially hazardous and harmful ingredients: From shortly after birth, mothers tenderly wash and pamper their infants with a wide range of baby products. It is hard to believe that even most baby products like soaps, bubble bath, shampoos, lotions, and dusting powders some of which are used several times daily, contain a witch's brew of these controversial ingredients. These ingredients should be avoided as infants are about 100 times more sensitive than adults.
How safe are the products in your bathroom?
Check the following products in your home and see.
Typical products used daily by infants and children, men and women. Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, hair spray, soap, shower gel, bubble bath, talcum powder, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, body lotion, facial moisturisers and cleansers and cosmetics like: blush, eye shadow, powder, foundation, lipstick and mascara. Here are a few of the worst offenders of the thousands of chemicals and ingredients used in personal and skin care products as above.
There are many thousands of controversial ingredients commonly found in household products, here are just a few:
- Alcohol/ Ethyl Alcohol
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid
- Animal Fat (Tallow)
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Elastin of High-molecular Weight
- Fluoride (Sodium fluoride)
- Mineral Oil
- Propylene Glycol
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Talc / Talcum Powder
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