I made a conscious decision shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer to reconsider foods I eat and personal products I use.
Today I use personal care products that are sulfate/sulphate-, paraben-, aluminum-, petrochemical- and artificial colour- free.
Consider these facts:
- sulfates/sulphates – synthetic foaming agents; contribute to skin and eye irritations including allergic reactions; proven long-term retention in body tissues; used in industrial floor cleaners and engine degreasers, as examples.
- parabens – commonly used to extend shelf-life of products; widely used in cosmetics and personal care products; mimics estrogen in the body and is a known as an endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer and autoimmune disorders.
- aluminum – can cause harm to the nervous system; easily absorbed through the skin; linked with Alzheimer’s; found in toothpaste, deodorants and antiperspirants.
- petrochemicals – products are derived from petrochemicals; base of many personal care products, such as lip balm, deodorant, shampoos, conditions, lotions; these include mineral oil, paraffin and propylene glycol, which is the ingredient in antifreeze; linked to cancers, allergic reactions and skin irritations; cause major environmental concern by polluting waters and harming marine life.
- artificial colours – products that are bright red, green or blue should make you pause; synthetic colourings are linked to allergies, general toxicity and Red No. 3 is a proven carcinogen (note: Red No. 3 is now a banned ingredient).
In both Canada and the U.S., companies have argued that the percentage of certain ingredients are low and are considered safe. The federal agencies must agree as they aren’t banned.
Products exist that are free of these chemicals. Yes, I pay more, but I’m paying for peace of mind.
Food for thought.