5 toxic chemicals that are in your personal care products
Toxic chemicals in some personal care products include:
Butylated Hydroxytoluene is found in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products. It is an antioxidant which helps slow the rate at which a product changes color over time. Hazards: Butylated hydroxytoluene may cause skin and eye irritation.
This is a contaminant that may be associated with sodium laureth sulfate, PEG, and most ethoxylated ingredients with names ending in -eth. These ingredients are found in many products, most notably shampoos and body washes. 1,4 dioxane is known to cause cancer in animals and has a high probability of carcinogenicity in humans.
Lead typically occurs as a contaminant, such as in hydrated silica, an ingredient in toothpaste. Lead acetate is added as an ingredient in some lipsticks and men’s hair dye. Hazards: Lead is a neurotoxin. It can cause brain damage and developmental delays even at extremely low concentrations.
The FDA permits the use of mercury compounds in eye makeup at concentrations up to 65 parts per million. The preservative thimerosol, found in some mascaras, is a mercury-containing product. Hazards: Mercury is associated with a host of health concerns including allergic reactions, skin irritation, toxicity, neurological damage, bioacculumation, and environmental damage. Mercury readily passes into the body through the skin, so normal use of the product results in exposure.
Toluene is found in nail polish and hair dye as a solvent, to improve adhesion, and to add gloss.Hazard: Toluene is toxic. It is associated with reproductive and developmental damage. Toluene may be carcinogenic. In addition to decreasing fertility, toluene may cause liver and kidney damage.