Did you know that personal care and household products contain industrial chemicals like pesticides, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens? Sure, you might think that because it’s available on store counters it’s safe to use. But the chemicals used in these products have been linked to hormone disruption, cancer, and reproductive issues. Government regulations do not require manufacturers to label or disclose the complete list of ingredients used in many products; and allow virtually any ingredient to be used to create these products. These toxins are found in everything from hand lotions, soaps, and shampoos to laundry detergents and air fresheners. Luckily, there are steps that we can take to avoid our exposure to these toxins, such as reading the labels on the products that you purchase.
Here is a list of toxins that you should avoid
Used in plastics, to soften and increase the flexibility of vinyl and plastic. Used in: cosmetics and other personal care products. Concerns: can damage reproductive system, kidneys, lungs, and liver, and developing testes.
Found in cosmetics, shampoos and conditions, hand and body washes, toothpaste, shaving gel, moisturizers, and anti-aging products. Used in: body care products. Concerns: mimics estrogen hormones, used in a wide variety of products resulting in accumulative impact.
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate
Found in shampoos, toothpaste, facial cleansers, laundry detergent, shaving foam, and dish detergent. Used in: industrial floor cleaners, car wash soaps, engine degreasers. Concerns: Eye and respiratory irritant, organ system toxicity.
BHA and BHT
Synthetic anti-oxidants in moisturizers, cosmetics, lipsticks, and food. Concerns: allergic reactions, possible human carcinogen
Found in hand and body washes, soaps, toothpaste. Concerns: eye, skin, and respiratory irritant, toxic on inhalation, classified as hazardous by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme in Australia.
Coal tar dyes
Colours in hair dues and cosmetics. Concerns: human carcinogen, may contain heavy metals
Used in cosmetics to soften, moisten, and smooth. Concern: endocrine disruptor
Found in anti-aging treatments, baby products, moisturizers, hair conditioners. Used in: pharmaceutical solvents, automotive anti-freeze, oil dispersant for oil spills.
Toxic to organs and skin
Mineral oil used in moisturizers and creams. Concerns: skin irritant, allergy, long term exposure associated with cancer
Found in moisturizers, baby products, and makeup. Used in: hydraulic fluid, industrial lubricants, and transformer coolants. Concerns: Toxicity to immune system and organs, carcinogenic, clogs pores.
Found in laundry detergent to make clothes appear brighter and whiter. Used in: industrial markers for tracking by reflecting UV light. Concerns: irritates skin
Additional Steps to Remove Toxins from your Life:
- Switch to all natural, organic cosmetics and personal care products. Be sure to read the label and make sure the ingredients are listed as certified organic or have the USDA organic certified or Eco-Cert label
- Switch to eco-friendly, natural household products
- Avoid microwaving plastic of any sort
- Avoid anti-bacterial or germ killing products
- Check nail polish, cosmetics, and all personal care products for the listed toxins
- Avoid PVC shower curtains
- Avoid germ-killing or anti-bacterial products
- Avoid use of air fresheners
- Avoid wrinkle-resistant and no-iron fabrics and clothing
Avoiding these chemicals and toxins will ensure the health of you and your loved ones. Discover household products that are natural and better for your health when you subscribe to EsthoriaBox Lifestyle.