Take the Toxic Tour of Your Bathroom? You have probably heard that a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. Likewise, the health we are and will be enjoying is the result of daily habits repeated over time, such as personal hygiene and grooming. What if your grooming and washing habits were actually […]
You have probably heard that a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. Likewise, the health we are and will be enjoying is the result of daily habits repeated over time, such as personal hygiene and grooming.
What if your grooming and washing habits were actually slowly damaging your health? Think for a moment how many times a day, a week, do you use soap and shampoo ?
You would agree that such repetitive gestures, depending on the type of product, you are using could be beneficial or harmful to your health.
Most people think that their commonly used toiletries are tested for safety and allergies but they ignore that they could be treating themselves with cancer causing chemicals every time they shower.
If you have ever read the labels of your toiletries then you have come across the word paraben, methyl paraben, butyl paraben, etc. They are the most widely used chemical preservatives in the world. They are found in styling and shaving gels, shampoos (adults and children), body lotions and make-up and are used to improve the shelf-life of cosmetics. Parabens have started to cause much concerns as they could be linked with breast cancer and problems with the male reproductive system. Methylparaben, might mutate and create free radicals when exposed to UV rays, causing skin ageing and potentially skin cancer.
Alcohol, often added to cosmetics, can favor the penetration of parabens and also the conversion of methylparaben to butylparaben, which could cause hormone disruption in men and women.
Sodium lauryl sulphate, found in regular personal care, is a known cancer-causing chemical. Some big companies have voluntarily suppressed products containing sodium lauryl sulphate. However, many products still contain hazardous ingredients like cocamide DEA.
According to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the recent findings of an independent study conducted on 98 tested soaps, shampoos, and other personal care products, show high doses of cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA) – a thickening and foaming solution that is hidden in the products. This agent is also a known carcinogen.
Big corporate brands, including Paul Mitchell, Palmolive and Colgate were recognized as one of the companies that manufacture products containing cocamide DEA. Other brands that were implicated in the study include Trader Joe’s lemon-scented kitchen handwash, Organix’s ginger shampoo, Equate (Walmart), American Crew, One With Nature, Moroccanoil and Simple Pleasures. It is estimated that around 100 brands are using cocamide DEA.
Triclosan is an anti bacterial agent found in toothpastes, vaginal was, deodorants, liquid soaps and mouthwashes. On the label it may be listed as 5-chloro2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)-phenol.
Formaldehyde is used as a germicide, disinfectant, fungicide, preservative and de-foamer in shampoos, washing liquids, nail polish and deodorants. It appears as formal, formalin,and methyl aldehyde on the label. It is a suspected human carcinogen, found to cause lung cancer in rats and it could cause headaches and asthma. It is an irritant for the upper respiratory tract and mucous membrane. It can impact DNA, and cause sensitivities to people after repeated exposure.
Alkylphenol ethoxylates are found in shampoos, hair colours and shaving gels. They disrupt hormones and were found to be extremely toxic to fish. They may affect the central nervous system and could be carcinogen. They can also cause eczema, asthma, and skin irritations. Fortunately, they should soon be phased out from any cosmetic usage.
Perfume/parfum Thousands of different chemicals are used in perfume without ever being listed on the label. Perfume have been linked to breathing problems and allergies. A typical cosmetic can contain between 50 and 100 chemicals. Most of chemicals used as fragrances are derived from petroleum. They can easily penetrate the skin and 26 of these chemicals are on an EU ban list, some of which are present in many high-street brands.
Paraphenylenediamine is used as black hair dye, and it is extremely allergen and can cause a severe scalp reactions.
Opt for organic products bought in health store, paraben free and aluminium free and choose unscented whenever possible.
Changing your products and habits with them may take time. You may have to test several shampoos before you find one you like. Buying organic products and food, refusing vaccines with mercury, and opting for aluminum free deodorant will create a ripple effect throughout our environment and economy. You can massively impact your health by reducing your exposure to toxins. You can reverse the effects of serious illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and more – if you know how to.
You have the power to change your life and the world with the choices you make. Ultimately, you are the decision maker and if you stop buying what is harmful, then Companies will have to change their offer.
Aude is an ex corporate Lawyer with a passion for health, self development and independence which lead her to give up her former career to help others through health.
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