STOP Using Your Face Wash!

STOP Using Your Face Wash!

Before you wash your face tonight, read this article… your face wash may not be as safe as you thought.

 

If you’ve hopped on the train of awareness to what is being put in your food, and appalled by the level of deregulation in the food industry, well how about one more large area of your life to be concerned about? Your face wash! Yes, the cosmetic industry is even more deregulated than the food industry. In fact, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has no authority to test cosmetic products for safety AND they can’t recall harmful products! This means that it is up to you to educate yourself and learn to read an ingredients list. To scare you even more, what you put on your skin may even be more important than what you eat! Putting chemicals on your skin absorb directly into your bloodstream and are not filtered out by your body. However, when you eat something your body uses enzymes and acid to break it down and filter it out of your body.

I stress the importance of face wash because it is something every woman and man will likely use daily, or even twice daily. You go through face wash like your kids go through their halloween candy… so what the heck is in it?

 

What you should look for in your face wash ingredients:

  1. Triclosan  This is an antibacterial ingredient that can be found in face wash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, cosmetics, fabrics, toys, and other household and personal care products According to the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels may disrupt thyroid function. This ingredient is so damaging that a coalition of health and environmental groups led by Beyond Pesticides and Food & Water Watch, aimed at removing Triclosan from the market. Triclosan hit the market in 1972 and was only used in hospital settings, since then it has made it’s way into thousands of products used daily. The “pro” argument to keeping this chemical on the market is all it’s antibacterial factors. However, an article in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases concludes that antibacterial soaps show no health benefits over plain soaps…. I feel so mislead! The article continues to add the that several studies demonstrated evidence that this chemical adapted cross-resistance with antibiotics among multiple species of bacteria.
  2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – This is probably one of the most popular chemicals of all, found in skin cleansers, laundry detergents, toothpaste, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and  make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, shampoos, and bath oils/bath salts and many more. This chemical originates from coconuts but the end product is far from organic! The biggest problem is the contamination with Ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane which was mentioned above. SLS is generally what makes liquids foam. According to the EWG database studies on SLS have found it to cause:
    1. ♦ Irritation of the skin and eyes
    2. ♦ Organ toxicity
    3. ♦ Developmental/reproductive toxicity
    4. ♦ Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
    5. ♦ Possible mutations and cancer
  3. PEGs/Ceteareth/Polyethylene compounds – These are a group of cleansing  and solubilizing agents, all similar in nature but they go by many names. Studies found that these synthetic chemicals are often contaminated with what is considered to be a human carcinogen: 1,4-dioxane.
  4. Parabens – You’ve probably heard this one before because it seems to be in almost everything. Parabens are estrogen mimicking preservatives. Long chain perabens may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for parabens starting with – (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl- parabens). Parabens are found in 99% of breast cancer tumors.
  5. Triclosan  This is an antibacterial ingredient that can be found in face wash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, cosmetics, fabrics, toys, and other household and personal care products According to the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels may disrupt thyroid function. This ingredient is so damaging that a coalition of health and environmental groups led by Beyond Pesticides and Food & Water Watch, aimed at removing Triclosan from the market. Triclosan hit the market in 1972 and was only used in hospital settings, since then it has made it’s way into thousands of products used daily. The “pro” argument to keeping this chemical on the market is all it’s antibacterial factors. However, an article in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases concludes that antibacterial soaps show no health benefits over plain soaps…. I feel so mislead! The article continues to add the that several studies demonstrated evidence that this chemical adapted cross-resistance with antibiotics among multiple species of bacteria.
  1. PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate – Find this chemical in your skin cleanser, it is considered to be cleansing, fragrance and solubilizing agent. There is strong evidence that this chemical is a human skin toxicant or allergen.
  2. Fragrance –  You’ll find fragrance on almost any ingredient that isn’t fragrance-free…but what really is it? Unfortunately Federal law doesn’t require manufacturers to list any of the ingredients in these secret fragrance mixtures and this is why they are so dangerous. These undisclosed mixtures have been studied to be associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system – yikes!
  3. Benzalkonium Chloride – If you have asthma skin conditions such as eczema. According to the EWG benzalkonium chloride is a sensitizer associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. This chemical is a skin toxin and a human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen. It is prohibited in Canada and Japan.

 

Alright! I could go on forever…but let’s put this into practical terms… when I think of facial cleanser i’m thinking of those Neutrogena commercials, “Oil-Free Acne Wash is the #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser”. So I took it upon myself to check out the ingredients.

 

Nutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Ingredients:

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride , Yellow 5, Red 40, Fragrance

It’s got 4 of the irritating ingredients I mentioned above! I thought this thing was the “#1 dermatologist recommended” product?

Let’s check out Cetaphil, what most people buy when they think they are making the better choice for their skin.

 

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser contains just eight ingredients:

Water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben

It’s full of parabens… it really isn’t necessary to ad 4 different chemical parabens to a cleansing agent with 8 ingredients.

So what will you do? It’s impossible to memorize all the toxic chemicals and recognize them on a list of ingredients at the store.

  1. 1. Use the Skin Databse as your resource for research before you leave the house.
  1. 2. Opt for fragrance-free, paraben-free, organic products. Don’t get caught up with “dermatologist recommended” hype.

      1.3. Carry a small list in your purse of the most common ingredients to look out for in your cosmetic products. Quick Tips For Safer Cosmetics is a great example.

Carry a small list in your purse of the most common ingredients to look out for in your cosmetic products. Quick Tips For Safer Cosmetics is a great example.

 

  1. 4. Don’t buy face wash! You heard me right, there are other options… options that aren’t full of harmful chemicals. The Konjac Sponge is a Japanese beauty sponge made from a plant that grows at high altitudes in Asia. This plant is processed in a factory to be made into palm-sized sponges made to cleanse your face. You can click here to watch how they are created. These sponges are rock hard until soaked with warm water. Once soaked, they are extremely soft and offer a mild lubrication to the skin while cleansing the skin. They actually work better than your face wash because the sponge works deep into your pores and offers a gentle exfoliation every time you use it. Best of all, they are rich in vitamins and minerals which help improve the appearance of the skin instantly. I’ve been using my Konjac sponge now for 1 year and have seen a drastic difference in my skin quality since starting this new regimen.

Using the Konjac Sponge has allowed me to get rid of my chemical-based cleanser and give my skin a break from all the abuse it has endured for most of my life. Then, I help repair the skin every single time I wash my face by treating it to the minerals in the Konjac sponge. Some sponges are infused with Bamboo Charcoal which detoxifies the skin by removing dirt, and excess sebum.

So remember, what you put on your skin will end up in your bloodstream. It is not the instant effects that are detrimental but the repetitive use that will lead to an inevitable downfall in your health. All my readers will be able to try the Konjac Sponge for 20% off and you get a 60 day 100% money back guarantee.

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