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Toxins in my makeup?  

Did you know that what’s on your skin and in your bathroom could kill you?


Fact:  Most cosmetics on the market today are loaded with  toxic chemical potions, often referred to as 
The Dirty Dozen.

The word ‘natural’ on the front label means very little when the dirty dozen, (below) are listed on the back of the label.

1. Bisphenol-A: Also called BPA. Used in moisturizers and makeup as antioxidants and preservatives. It’s associated with tumour growth and hormone disfunction of humans. Harmful to wildlife.

2. Coal Tar Dyes: Appearing on bottles as
“p-phenylenediamine” or colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits, this chemical is common in hair dyes and is linked to cancer. It also contains low levels of heavy metals.

3. DEA: Diethanolamine makes products soapy, sudsy or creamy, but also irritates skin and may be toxic to the immune and nervous systems of humans and fish and wildlife.

4. Dibutyl phthalate: Found in nail polish, it enhances the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations of humans. Harmful to fish and wildlife.

5. Formaldehyde-releasing agents: These irritate skin and eyes and harm marine life. Examples are DMDM

hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.

6. Parfum/perfume: Fragrances are considered “trade secrets” and could contain any number of chemicals.

7. Parabens: Used as a preservative in makeup, parabens are linked to breast cancer and hormone problems, particularly in women of childbearing age.

8. PEG compounds: Polyethylene glyco compounds open skin’s pores, allowing other harmful chemicals to penetrate more deeply. This chemical is often found in creams and is linked to cancer.

9. Petrolatum: Also called mineral oil jelly, this chemical carcinogen is common in moisturizers and lip balms for providing shine and a moisture barrier.

10. Siloxanes: Used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten, these compounds can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs and are harmful humans, fish and wildlife.

11. Sodium laureth sulfate: Used to create foam, this chemical may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, both of which cause cancer. It can be found in soaps, shampoos and toothpaste.

12. Triclosan: Found in antiperspirants, deodorants, cleansers and hand sanitizer as a preservative and antibacterial agent. It interferes with hormone function in humans. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Switching to toxin free skin care products isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. 

Today my toxin-free skin care is loaded with mangosteen goodness,  and works to restore, rejuvenate, and protect the skin.

No “dirt” here!

contact: carrie@wachsmannstudios.com

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