Many skin care and cosmetic brands claim to be selling products that are 100% safe and effective. Consumers are lured into buying because of their packaging, their labels, and perhaps, because of their pleasant aroma. But before you check them out at the counter, ask yourself this: Are these products really safe for your health and well-being?
Unbeknownst to YOU, these products may contain ingredients that have harmful effects to human health and the environment. Without the proper guidance, most consumers will not be able to tell the difference between what’s safe and what’s toxic. The harmful effects can start with even traces of certain chemicals. It can be difficult to distinguish what can harm or help, since many people trust brands right off the bat and assume that anything sold will be safe.
Today we are sharing some of the harmful effects of using products with unnatural ingredients, and which ingredients are best to avoid. Who knows, you might find some of these inside your home right now. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
1. Artificial Ingredients In Personal Care Products May Lead To Cancer
Unnatural chemicals in personal care products have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer. Some of the most common and dangerous ingredients include:
- Beta hydroxy acid or BHA
- Sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS
According to a research published on The David Suzuki Foundation, one in eight of around 80,000 ingredients used in personal care products contain cancerous ingredients that can also damage hormonal processes and destroy the reproductive system.
- Many of the ingredients of certain personal care products can cause cancers of the liver, breast, and testicles, among many other body parts
- These harmful ingredients are usually found in products such as facial cleansers, facial moisturizers, body moisturizers, body wash, sunscreens, soaps, exfoliating body wash, scrubs, cosmetic creams, bath gels, and anti-aging creams
- These harmful ingredients are also found in shampoos, shaving gels, hair dyes, and toothpaste
- Even popular cosmetic products such as makeup, mascara, lipstick, and cosmetic creams can contain traces of these chemicals
2. Artificial Ingredients Instigate Skin Issues
The reason consumers purchase skin care products is either to enhance their skin or protect it from damage, isn’t it? The most unfortunate experience is buying certain products with ingredients that even cause further damage instead of mitigating them. Let’s take a look at some of these adverse effects.
- Some of the skin-related problems that synthetic ingredients may cause include skin irritation, acne, colored lesions or ochronosis, dermatitis, allergies, hypersensitivity, rashes, and redness.
- Potentially dangerous chemicals may be infused in skin care products like cleansers, creams, and lotions.
- Even cosmetic products may cause skin problems because of their content. These include foundation powders and lipsticks.
- Other products with potentially harmful chemicals are shampoo, body wash, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair dyes, shaving cream, soap, hair conditioner, and hair dyes.
3. Artificial Ingredients Can Damage The Brain
Despite being applied externally, anything applied to the body can be absorbed into the skin, enter the blood stream, and reach vital organs in the body. It is possible for harmful ingredients to even reach the brain and cause considerable damage to brain functions. This is why it’s important to be aware of these ingredients of concern.
Additives Most Harmful To The Brain:
- Coal Tar
- Kohl Stone
Studies have shown that these ingredients may have detrimental effects on brain function and mental development, especially the heavy metals listed above. Lead and mercury are neurotoxins that can negatively affect the nervous system, blood pressure, kidneys, lungs, digestive organs, and the immune system.
Common products that may contain these ingredients include cosmetics, perfumes, colognes, deodorants, soaps, shampoos, creams, and hair dyes.
4. Artificial Ingredients Can Disrupt Hormonal Functions
The proper functioning of hormones is necessary for a healthy body. But what about the harmful ingredients that disrupt the endocrine system? The endocrine system comprises of glands that secrete hormones to regulate metabolism, growth, sleep, and mood among many others.
Dozens of artificial chemicals found in beauty products have been labeled as possible hormone disruptors. A healthy endocrine system regularly releases amounts of hormones into the blood that regulate steady bodily functions, such as metabolism, growth, and reproduction. Chemicals that are ingested or absorbed into the body become hormone disruptors when they interfere with the hormones’ production and behavior.
Some products where these suspected endocrine disruptors can be found include cosmetics, sunscreens, exfoliants, perfumes, moisturizers, shampoos, shaving gels, tanning sprays, deodorants, lotions, facial creams, hair conditioners, and other personal care products labelled “anti-bacterial” which do not contain naturally anti-bacterial ingredients.
5. Chemical Ingredients Can Destroy Wildlife And The Environment
If you think that the cosmetics and personal care products you use only affect you, think again. Consuming anything also has an impact on the environment, including plant and animal species essential in the global ecosystem.
One of their potential impacts includes destroying animal wildlife, especially when these products are laden with toxic chemicals. When disposed, these products are released into our waters, and could possibly cause genetic mutations and behavioural changes among aquatic animals, like fish, and reduce their ability to fight off diseases. They can also affect coral reefs, phytoplankton, and other plant forms in the ocean. When this happens, the abundance of marine resources may be limited for human consumption particularly as food.
They also have effects on major water forms such as lakes and rivers, studies have noted. Among these products that have been found to use environmentally harmful ingredients include sunscreens, shampoos, body washes toothpastes, lip gloss, eyeliners, deodorants, and soaps. These also include moisturizers, nail polishes, hand sanitizers, laundry detergents, perfumes, facial creams, lotions, and anti-aging products.
These are just some of the harmful impacts of unnatural ingredients. There’s a wide range of other health issues that could occur. From kidney degeneration to immune system damage...the list goes on. “How can I be safe from all of these effects?” you may ask. “Is there an alternative?” Yes.
Play It Safe: Opt For All-Natural Products
While we understand that all of the above is concerning, it’s nice to know that all of these issues are avoidable with a little education and attention. By learning about what to avoid and what to search for, a few extra minutes at the store can help keep you, and the environment, safe.
Here at TreeActiv, we value health over profit. The secret to staying beautiful without the risky side effects is to understand what’s beneath the packaging. We are proud to elevate your personal care and wellness by only using the best, natural ingredients we can find.
Our mission is to provide you with high-quality and natural skin care products at affordable prices. Our full line of skincare, hair care, and home care products are always non-GMO, paraben-free, SLS-free, palm oil-free, and aluminium-free. Every ingredient we use is at least 100% vegetarian (often vegan) and completely cruelty-free. On top of this, each product is made by hand, with love, right here in the USA.
There is no better time than now to join our community and treat yourself to the best, without breaking the bank. Visit our homepage at www.TreeActiv.com to explore our full range of natural products.