TOXINS IN COSMETICS – TOXIC CHEMICALS TO AVOID

26
Feb

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR FACE & BODY!

Big brands use lead in lipstick, petrochemicals in nappy balm and neurotoxins in eyeliner! Know your enemy with this guide to avoiding toxic chemicals in cosmetics and skincare. At Oh Natural we choose our products very carefully and there are some nasty toxic ingredients that we strictly veto. We hope you enjoy learning a bit about why natural beauty products are the best choice!

LEAD & HEAVY METALS

Reproductive, immune & nervous system toxicity | Carcinogenic

Who would have thought we still accept lead in our lipstick? Mmmhmmm, that’s it right there labelled something innocuous like Lake Red or Red 33.

You’ll be surprised which ‘natural’ lipsticks you find this in; these sneaky toxic colourants are rated ‘not for consumption’ by the FDA, but approved for use in lipstick at low levels – because no one swallows lipstick, right? They are extremely common in redder shades of lipstick.

Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium and iron are found in a wide variety of personal care products including lipstick, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner and nail polish.

Many cosmetic colourants are made from petroleum and coal tar, so they contain toxins including heavy metals which penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, or are swallowed if used in lipstick.

Heavy metals build up in our bodies over time (that’s what they mean by ‘system toxicity’) and are associated with cancer, allergies, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems, memory loss, mood swings, muscle disorders, kidney and renal problems, lung damage, hair loss, nausea, and headaches.