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Cosmetic Ingredients Affect You.

Did you know that when a cosmetic is applied to your skin it is absorbed directly into your blood stream? There is a fun test. You can put a clove of garlic between your toes and wait fifteen minutes. At about that time you will begin to taste it. Now that I have your attention let's talk about cosmetics. This includes, lotions, make up, shampoo and anything else that you apply to your skin. Here a some ingredients to be aware of.

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate - Strong evidence shows that they are an irritant to the respiratory tract and have been found to be contaminated with the carcinogen 1.4 dioxane.

  2. Fragrance - Eluxe magagzine stated in 2019 that manufacturer's are not required to disclose the chemicals they use in their list of ingredients. Many are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic.

  3. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monotaholamine) and TEA, (tiethanolamine) - These are hormone disrupting chemicals that are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines.

  4. FD & C Color Pigments - Synthetic colors from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin. They have caused cancer in animals.

  5. Midazolidnyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin - These are preservatives that release formaldehyde. They can irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations, cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs, trigger asthma and weaken the immune system.

  6. Triclosan - The American Medical Association recommends that it not be used in the home because it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics and cause cancer.

  7. BHT (Butylated Hydroxy Touluene) - BHT creates free radicals that can damage the cell's DNA causing cancer.

We can free ourselves of these and many other toxins. You may find your answer to health and beauty in organic products. They have become widely available and improved. You can find organic hair and nail services at, "Ency's Organic Salon" in Highland Park. Empower yourself with knowledge and stay healthy.


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