The cosmetic products you put on your skin have effects on your health: Take Care!

The cosmetic products you put on your skin have effects on your health: Take Care!

28 May 2019 0 By Séverine

We are already swallowing toxic products, bad for our health, as you have read in my article on junk food. But in addition we ask for more by putting toxic cosmetic products on our skin! Frankly we are very very strong in stupidity or too weak in front of the marketing done by major brands! As I love creams; I am therefore attacking another consumer good that we all have in our bathrooms! Cream ! Cosmetics!

I do not know about you; but I tend to be very addictive to creams and especially creams that smell good! But we all have recently  read articles on “endocrine disruptors” and other horrors found in creams; I decided to take my health in hand and it goes through the skin of course. Increase your risk of cancer because of a cosmetic product is a bit shocking?

Let’s start the beginning: what are the bad elements that make up your cosmetics?

Endocrine disruptors: The “bête noire” of the big brands!

You’ve probably all heard of Paraben that is found in all cosmetic products and can cross the skin barrier. Even if their toxicity has never been proven  at 200% … Their carcinogenic potential has pushed the French Agency for Sanitary Safety of Health Products (Afssaps) to limit to 0.4% instead of 0.8 % its presence in our products … Bizarre no? Especially since we also find this nice Paraben in food products such as energy drinks or flavored yogurts!

But here we do not know them all! Do you know the Dibutyl Phthalate found in the plasticizer of nail polish or Ethylhexylmethoxynnamate which is in sunscreens supposed to protect us from the sun? The list is long and one wonders why these dangerous products are used. Unfortunately they often serve as a preservative, emulsifier or texture agent.

Preservatives that ensure a long life to our cosmetic products:

Less dangerous than endocrine disruptors; the most dangerous of them only present allergenic or irritating risks. But in fact by mixing with other products they are an explosive cocktail. Here are some sweet names of birds for the most controversial: MIT, MCIT, Phenoxyethanol, Tricoslan, BHA, ..

I will ignore irritating or comedogenic agents and nanomaterials; because you have already understood it is the cocktail of all these substances that make our creams potentially dangerous! When you add the creams you use to other products in your toothpaste, your shower gel or shampoo you get an explosive cocktail of detonating products that accumulate on your skin and in your body. And here the problem is that no one controls the interactions between all these products! What about the story?

 

Remove the largest number of toxic products! Make a big spring cleaning in your bathroom!

I love creams of all kinds and my friends always offer me some! So that would be too easy to tell you to do a spring cleaning in your bathroom if I did not do it myself! But how ?

I went to see all the articles that mention the brands I use, but it’s really too long if you want to learn which brand is less toxic than the other! So I decided to download the Clean Beauty App that will analyze for me all the ingredient lists of my products; and I resolved to spend time in my bathroom to do this!

Let’s start cleaning cosmetic products of all kinds!

You did see ! My bathroom closet is a nightmare … So I started to scan the first creams that came to hand! I will not do all of them as it will take me days, but just a short selection … And the results are edifying!

placard de salle de bain avec cosmétiques mal rangés

Here is bellow a small picture of the cosmetic products that I checked with the App; as you can see, there are some very “high-end” brands and some rather drugstore brands … So the verdict?
crème pour le corps, soin du visage marques Kenzo, Givenchy, Lierac, eucerin, topicrem

 

Givenchy Croisière – Limited Edition – REFLET PRÉCIEUX – satin veil for the body

The CLEAN BEAUTY App has detected the following controversial and allergenic ingredients:

PHENOXYETHANOL : An antimicrobial preservative widely used in cosmetics, it would induce neurotoxic and hepatotoxic effects according to some scientific studies.

PEG (POLYÉTHYLÈNE GLYCOL) : Surfactant, made from ethylene oxide, a very reactive gas, extremely toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic.

DISODIUM EDTA: Salt of EDTA. According to some scientific studies, it would be very irritating to the eyes and could be sources of eczema.

TETRASODIUM EDTA: According to some scientific studies, EDTA and its salts would be very irritating to the eyes and could be a source of eczema.

BUTYLHYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT): Antioxidant preservative, suspected to be an endocrine disruptor by part of the scientific community.

LINALOOL: Aromatic compound. Allergen.

HYDROXYCITRONELLAL: Synthetic masking agent. Allergen.

BENZYL SALICYLATE: Present in the essential oil of ylang-ylang, jasmine, the absolutes of frangipani (Plumeria alba), tiare (Gardenia taitensis) and carnation. allergen

KENZOKI ECLAT – Crème qui fait belle

The CLEAN BEAUTY App has detected the following controversial and allergenic ingredients:

ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE: UV filter suspected to be an endocrine disruptor by part of the scientific community.

PHENOXYETHANOL: An antimicrobial preservative widely used in cosmetics, it would induce neurotoxic and hepatotoxic effects according to some scientific studies.

HEXYL CINNAMAL: Synthetic scenting substance (jasmine smell). Allergen.

BUTYLHYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT): Antioxidant preservative, suspected to be an endocrine disruptor by part of the scientific community.

HYDROXYCITRONELLAL: Synthetic masking agent. Allergen.

LINALOOL: Aromatic compound. Allergen.

TOPYCREM – Ultra-Moisturizing Body Lotion

The CLEAN BEAUTY aApp has detected the following controversial and allergenic ingredients:

PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM: Family of mineral oils. Filmogens, occlusives. According to some scientific studies, they would induce, aggravate or prolong acne.

MINERAL OIL: Family of mineral oils. Filmogens, occlusives. According to some scientific studies, they would induce, aggravate or prolong acne.

PEG (POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL): Surfactant, made from ethylene oxide, a very reactive gas, extremely toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic.

PHENOXYETHANOL: An antimicrobial preservative widely used in cosmetics, it would induce neurotoxic and hepatotoxic effects according to some scientific studies.

CHLORPHENESIN: Antimicrobial preservative (inhibits the development of microorganisms) synthesis. According to some scientific studies, it has a high potential for skin irritation.

LIMONENE: Present in a large number of essential oils. Allergen.

BENZYL BENZOATE: Reference drug for scabies (Ascabiol®). It is also one of the constituents of the balm of Peru. Allergen.

BENZYL SALICYLATE: Present in the essential oil of ylang-ylang, jasmine, the absolutes of frangipani (Plumeria alba), tiare (Gardenia taitensis) and carnation. allergen.

HEXYL CINNAMAL: Synthetic scenting substance (jasmine smell). Allergen. EUGENOL: It is used as a denaturant or toning agent. Allergen.

Eucerin – Hyal-Urea – anti-wrinkle day

The CLEAN BEAUTY App has detected the following controversial and allergenic ingredients:

OCTOCRYLENE: Ultraviolet Absorbent (UVB and UVA)

BUTYLHYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT): Antioxidant preservative, suspected to be an endocrine disruptor by part of the scientific community.

TRISODIUM EDTA: There is scientific evidence that EDTA and its salts are very irritating to the eyes and could be a source of eczema.

PHENOXYETHANOL: An antimicrobial preservative widely used in cosmetics, it would induce neurotoxic and hepatotoxic effects according to some scientific studies.

LIERAC MAGNIFICIENCE – Creamy Cream Night & Day

The CLEAN BEAUTY App has detected the following controversial and allergenic ingredients:

PHENOXYETHANOL: An antimicrobial preservative widely used in cosmetics, it would induce neurotoxic and hepatotoxic effects according to some scientific studies.

CHLORPHENESIN: Antimicrobial preservative (inhibits the development of microorganisms) synthesis. According to some scientific studies, it has a high potential for skin irritation.

Here you are! As you can see it’s not necessarily the beautiful brands that have less junk in their compositions! As you mention it Clean Beauty is juste translation the incomprehensible compositions of these creams in the simplest way … It’s up to you to draw the conclusions that are necessary for your health! Personally, I find it a little scary that all the industry in all sectors poison us at this level … I told myself that I had to finish this query in my bathroom in a positive way; So I found an organic cosmetic from the American brand Tracie Martyn and here is the result: Nothing bad on it!

crème bio pour le corps Tracie Martyn

Hope keep us alive!

If you also want to clean up your cosmetic products; which will not please the well-known brands. Here are the good tools to adopt: The Clean Beauty App available for iOS and Android or the French App CompoScan which for the moment is not as effective as the previous one; since she relies on her community to enrich product information.

Note also that the developers of the Yuka App add a Beauty Scanner; but I do not get the opportunity to test it yet!

Well for today, I hope you’re not already in your bathroom in full stress …

And as I my mum was always saying: Prevention is better than cure!