People, especially women, use beauty products to look better, but unfortunately sometimes the short-term look is not worth the long-term damage that such products can do to our skin. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has revealed that an average American uses about 10 personal care products — from lipsticks to moisturizers — each day that contain hundreds of harmful ingredients.
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 replaces the outdated federal law that holds no clauses against the presence of harmful chemicals in beauty products. According to this act, the Food and Drug Administration is vested with the power to ensure that products for personal use do not include any harmful ingredients.
Alcohol acts as a poisonous solvent. It is also known as a denaturant, or a chemical that brings changes to the structure of other chemical components. Alcohol is used as an ingredient in color rinses for the hair, hand lotions, after shave lotions and fragrances. It can cause nausea, headache and vomiting, flushing as well as depression. Other effects brought about by alcohol are dryness of hair and skin and cracks and fissures on the skin. These cracks can further develop as breeding grounds for bacteria.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, abbreviated as SLS, is a common detergent found in everything from toothpastes to makeup. It is so powerful it is also found in automobile de-greasing solutions and commercial floor cleaners. This chemical can badly dry out skin, and becomes a carcinogen when mixed with some other common beauty product ingredients.
Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine
Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) are chemicals that react with cosmetic ingredients that contain nitrites to form nitrosamines. Most of the nitrosamines are carcinogenic, or, they can cause cancer. These toxins mostly affect the liver and kidneys. These chemical reactions occur during the manufacturing process and while the cosmetics are stored in their containers.
This chemical is known by several other names such as mineral oil jelly, liquid Vaseline and paraffinum. It is one of the main ingredients in baby oil and body lotion. It can cause the extraction of natural oils contained in the skin and bring about chapping and dryness. It is also known to cause premature aging and block the removal of harmful chemicals from the skin, thus causing acne and other skin problems.