Friday, June 3, 2016

What's Lurking in your skin care products

Found this interesting article in a book and decided to share with you, because I found it to be really informative. Stuff that I didn't know either, opened my eyes to understand much better what are we using as makeup on a daily basis.

As a physician who specializes in anti-aging medicine, I’m bombarded with medical research and products that claim to turn back the clock. A few years ago I became troubled by a disturbing trend: the use of harmful compounds in skincare and beauty products. They are literally turning your face into a toxic waste site.

These chemicals cause a wide range of adverse health conditions from skin irritations to cancer but sadly, the skincare giants don’t want you to know about them. Unfortunately, there’s too much money at stake in the $2.3 billion anti-aging market.

US researchers have reported that one in eight ingredients used in personal care products are actually industrial chemicals: pesticides, plasticizes, degreasers, reproductive toxins, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens. Nasty stuff. What’s more some of the ingredients touted for renewing the skin can actually accelerate aging, clog pores and strip the skin.

The skincare giants won’t tell you what to look out for because they have too much to lose. Likely you won’t have heard about these toxins anywhere else but as a doctor, an anti-aging specialist and a woman just like you concerned about my skin, I believe it’s my responsibility to tell you.
Here is a list of some of the most dangerous chemicals in today’s skin care products that your need to beware of…

Acrylamide = Popular in face and hand creams studies suggest it may cause breast tumors.

Mineral Oil = Coasts the skin to keep it moist to cover fine lines, but it clogs pores leading to acne and making it difficult for your skin to purge toxins. Because it strips your skin’s natural oils, it can cause chapping, dryness and premature aging.

Padimate O = Commonly found in sunscreens it may increase the risk of skin cancer.

Parabens = Widely used as a preservative to extend the shelf life of moisturizers and anti-aging products, parabens may cause premature aging and sagging of the skin. Studies suggest parabens can cause cancer, allergic reactions and skin rashes. Suspected endocrine disruptions, they’ve been found in breast tumors.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate = A popular foaming agent used in facial cleaners, chemical sulfates can be contaminated with measurable amounts of the cancer-causing agent ethylene oxide, which can harm the nervous system. Look for the name lauryl sulfate and ingredients ending in “eth” as well.

Tricolosan = An anti-bacterial used generously in skincare products, it’s the same ingredient used in weed killers.

Propylene Glycol = A petroleum by-product used in antifreeze, this unnatural chemical is used as humectants and can cause a variety of allergic reactions as well as liver and kidney abnormalities.

Dr. Susan Lark is a graduate of Northwester University Medical School, Dr. Lark has served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University Medical School. She is a distinguished clinician. Lecturer, and author of 13 best-selling books on women’s health and has been featured in Real Simple, Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, New Woman, Family Circle, and Shape.

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