Some of us have been waiting for it all summer long, and finally fall is here. While its arrival may be a welcome change to weather, you should keep in mind that it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Many people begin different skin care regimens as the temperatures drop because its more likely to have dryer, more irritating effects, but beware - a great many skin care products are loaded with chemicals, pollutants, and even toxins that can often do more harm than good. There are some new additions to the watch list of products like makeup, moisturizers, and even shampoos that can be dangerous on their own, but even worse when combined with others that may already be present in one or more products you are probably using in combination with each other.
Many of the chemical ingredients in cosmetic products dont have immediate effects, but over time can have major implications. Take for example a couple of ingredients used in emulsifying products, Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine (commonly referred to as just DEA and TEA). When combined, chemical reactions can occur that result in the formation of carcinogens. Lab studies have even seen rats die from cancerous tumors formed from exposure to these ingredients. The so-called recommendation is to only use these in small doses, but that doesnt take into account the cumulative effect that can take place over time.
You may not realize it, but a great number of cosmetic products contain lead - and were not just talking about ones made in China either. Most of the synthetic products that require coloring like nail coloring, lipsticks, and makeup along with toothpaste even contain metals like lead, titanium dioxide, even aluminum. A lot of moisturizers contain zinc, which actually clogs the pores. D&C Red 6 is a chemical dye that is made from petroleum or coal tar, and could possibly even contain arsenic and mercury. Somehow, its still approved by the FDA to slather all over your body.
Women, you are not alone in this plight. Consider that the average American man easily uses 5 or more personal care products including shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, and other moisturizers. There are over 200 additives that are allowed to officially be labeled fragrance. Product manufacturers arent required by law to disclose what those fragrances actually contain, so as to protect their formulas. For men and women both, you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the line by taking the time and spending a few extra dollars for all natural products that dont contain all those preservatives and toxins.
If you're concerned about any cosmetic products you currently use, follow the link below to the Environmental Working Group's "Skin Deep" database. You can enter the name of any product you may be using and find out what sorts of dangerous additives they contain. For the best in all natural, pure skin care check out Skin Original - the most powerful needle free skin care product available.
Environmental Working Group
Campaign For Safe Cosmetics
Cancer Prevention Center