Chemicals we don’t use: Even in tiny amounts, many of the chemicals commonly found in our skin care products can have a tremendous health and hormonal impact. In a study by the Herb Research Foundation, it was revealed that the skin absorbs up to 60 per cent of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into the bloodstream.
This is why its best to avoid them altogether, listed below are the harmful chemicals we don’t use, and the reasons why.
Paraben compounds; Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and Propylparaben are known endocrine disruptors raising concern for impaired fertility or development, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazard.
Almost all skin care products contain synthetic substances – petroleum (chemical) based. Studies have found that oral and topical application of petrochemicals (such as acetylene, benzene, ethane, ethylene, methane, propane, and hydrogen) in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney and nerve damage.
Derived from petroleum products. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns against contact with eyes, skin and clothing. It also says inhalation can cause irritation of nasal passages, ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Research also shows that it alters cell membranes and causes cardiac arrest.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. SLS can damage the immune system. We use Sodium Lauryl Ethyl Sulphate which is a different biological structure to the above, in simple terms it contains no chemical irritants and is deemed safe.
PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds which may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen.
Artificial fragrances are made from petroleum or coal which degrade in the environment and cause skin irritations. Cosmetic fragrance is made with cheap synthetic chemicals which replicate the natural aroma of products which already exist in nature.
A full list of toxic chemicals can be found at http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/uploads/BCUK_Cosmetics_Leaflet_V2.pdf
There is very little scientific information available on the internet about the penetration of naturally-derived skincare ingredients into the skin. Which is why we’re looking to work with Birmingham Medical Research and University College London to develop products which have an overall body benefit.
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