Lead In Lipstick and Other Unhealthy Cosmetics

Cosmetics are intended to enhance your appearance, but there are some dangerous chemicals that may be lurking in your make-up. Here are some of the more common toxic chemicals and the cosmetics where they can be found.

1. Lead

Once thought to be an urban legend, a recent study confirmed the presence of lead in some lipsticks. However, the amount of lead present is very small – FDA regulations restrict the amount of lead in a particular red dye, for instance, to twenty parts per million. Nonetheless, the lead is present, and cumulative effects from the daily use of lipstick should not be ruled out. The health risks of lead exposure are fairly well known, and include neurological and reproductive disorders.

Organic Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks

For any new mom that is pregnant, one big concern happens to be stretch marks.  The great thing is that you don’t have to go out and start paying big time for products that contain chemicals.  There are many natural organic ways that you can prevent the stretch marks while you are pregnant.

When you are growing quickly and the collagen and elastin production just can’t keep up, then stretch marks tend to happen.  Usually these marks will fade eventually, but you probably would rather prevent them in the first place.  Although your genes can determine how susceptible you are to getting stretch marks, natural prevention methods can still be helpful.  Here is a look at some simple ways that you can keep the stretch marks at bay.

Eco-Friendly Nail Polish

Did you know that your nail polish could be harmful to your health?  Conventional nail polish is full of solvents and other substances that are known to be neurotoxins, including amyl, butyl, and ethyl acetates and toluene.  Lead acetates may also be included, as well as formaldehyde, coal tar dyes, and other suspected carcinogens.  Plasticizers, called pthalates, which are generally believed to have a hand in disrupting hormones in the human body.

Why are all these dangerous chemicals allowed in our nail polishes?  Cosmetics aren’t subjected to safety testing in the United States, with harmful ingredients removed only on a voluntary basis and only after they’ve been proven to cause illness.

Is Shampoo a Poison to Us and Environment?

We all wash our hair to clean dirt and styling products out of it and to reduce the oiliness from our scalp.  While the lovely lather and nice smelling shampoo we use might make our hair feel clean, the chemicals we use to create these effects could be harming ourselves as well as polluting and poisoning the environment.

Take a look at the list of ingredients on the label of your shampoo bottle.  The list reads more like a chemistry class and that’s even for the shampoo products that claim to be ‘herbal’ or moisturizing.

One of the primary ingredients in most shampoos is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is known to be a major skin irritant.  Studies and testing have also shown this chemical compound may also cause mutagenic effects in animals.

Soap – How it effects the Environment

It’s surprising that the very product we use on our bodies to keep ourselves clean could actually be causing so much damage to not only the environment and aquatic systems, but also to our own skin.

When we bathe, most of us use a regular bar of soap bought from the store.  After lathering up your body and cleaning away daily grime, you rinse away the soap to run down the drain.  The object of this ritual is supposed to keep us clean and smelling nice.

Unfortunately, most commercial soaps contain harsh chemical additives to make them lather properly.  They contain perfumes and fragrances that are known to cause irritation in some people.  These lovely smelling fragrances aren’t extracted from naturally aromatic pretty flowers from out in the field.  They’re produced chemically using cancer-causing chemicals so we can smell good.