Let’s take a closer look at 7 toxins to avoid in personal care products. Remember, your skin is your body’s largest and most porous organ.
- Petroleum By-Products
Our most frequent nemesis, Triclosan! It’s a primary ingredient in anti-bacterial soaps and products and has been linked to hormone disruption and the emergence of bacteria-resistant ‘superbugs’. While the FDA has banned this ingredient in hand soaps, they have not banned it in other products such as hand sanitizer.
These are the tiny particles found in lotions, moisturizers, make-up foundations and most particularly sunscreen products. Since they are untested and so small, scientists are concerned about not only their potential health effects on humans, but on our oceans and waterways. They can penetrate cell walls and are highly reactive.Unfortunately, nanoparticles are often not easily identified on product labels. Truce recommends checking the online cosmetic database from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and for the latest information on the tiny terror nanoparticles see NanotechPorject.org.
These toxins are found in adult and baby shampoo and in many other personal care products. They are estrogen mimickers that can be carcinogenic. There are many safe, new products available, so look for ‘Paraben-Free’ on the labels.
Over-the-counter body care products are required by law to include a list of ingredients on their labels-the only exception being the chemical soup that goes into a given product’s scent, which can be hidden under the term ‘Fragrance’ as it is considered proprietary information. Found in products ranging from makeup to deodorant to shampoo, a single product’s secret fragrance mixture can contain hundreds of toxic volatile organic compounds. The word ‘Fragrance’ always indicates a chemical compound that will cheaply provide scent and keep product cost lower.
For products that still smell nice, but without nasty fragrances, look for products that contain essential oils. Essential oils add scents to your products without adding chemicals.
These nasties are hormone disruptors and have been linked to liver and kidney lesions, male genital abnormalities and higher rates of childhood asthma and allergies. They are often hidden within ‘Fragrance’ in many products for men, women, and children and listed as Dibutyl Phthalate in nail polish.
6. Petroleum By-Products
These chemicals are found in an incredible number of products, such as soaps and shampoos, often listed as mineral oil, petrolatum, liquid paraffin, toluene, or xylene. Of greatest concern is the fact that they are often contaminated by carcinogenic impurities like Dioxane, identified as cancer-causing.
Commonly used as a hardener in nail polish and in a range of bath products, it’s a known carcinogen. Nail polish often also contains Toluene, a developmental toxicant.
You will likely recognize some of the above poisons which are only a testimony to their prevalence in our lives. Truce is on a mission to simply clean our world, with clean ingredients. We hope that this article helps you recognize and memorize some of the toxins you need to avoid. We encourage you to read labels carefully, and if you have questions we are available to answer questions online or DM us on Instagram.