This is Part Two of a three-part article. Please see Part One Here.


Not so good for skin care

Not so good for skin care

Skin care products. Do you know what's in them?

Skin care products. Do you know what’s in them?

Not so good for skin care

Not so good for skin care

hidden chemicals

hidden chemicals

What do these things have in common?

They all contain dangerous chemicals.

1+1=2 , 2+2-4, 4+4=16. Do that for 2 minutes and you will be surprised how quickly you will get into hundreds and then thousands.

I know that you can add. But do you add up the amount of harmful chemicals that you bombard your blood stream with each day?  What goes through our pores are just as crucial as what goes in our mouth. Here is a brief look at what could be lurking in a bottle. It is always a good idea to Know Your Skin Care Products  for a“Healthy Lifestyle”

Consider that:

  • Over time, you are actually accumulating a lot of muck in your body.
  • They  will eventually clog your organs and working systems?
  • Every chemical that goes into your body gives extra work for your kidneys and liver?
  •  They also put your immune system into over drive.
  • Eventually your weakened immune system  is severely compromised in fighting off other harmful bacteria and viruses?

Here are some of the main culprits regularly used in skin care and beauty products that you would never knowingly place in your body


  1. PARABENS   These are synthetic preservatives that are used to keep these concoctions fresh and stop micro-organisms and bacteria from growing in them. We know about preservatives in our food, and hopefully know the dangers of them. But they are also in our skin care products.

These PARABENS are known to disrupt the body’s hormonal balance. They lead to hormonal cancers like breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They lead to early puberty in children. I Heard a story once of a mother who almost lost her mind when her 8 year old daughter starting having a period.  They also lead to birth defects, and contribute significantly to organ toxicity and failure as the liver and kidneys try their best to fight these invaders.

There are so many of these parabens that they are classified or renamed. When I read labels and the word is too long, It is easier to skip over it and look for a word that you have an idea what it is.   Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben are all parabens. But the manufacturer would never label them as synthetic preservatives, because it registers stronger in your mind.

2.  How often have you seen the word “Parfum” on a label? Did you think it is rose extract? I used to, because the word parfum     conjures up an image of sweet smelling.

It is more marketable than the word Phthalates, which are one of several chemicals usually disguised as “ fragrance” and often called “parfum”.

They are in your perfumes and colognes, hair care products, hair color, and deodorants.

Almost all conventional beauty products contain phthalates.

When not in our beauty products, Phthalates are used to soften plastic. They are in adhesives, building materials, films, and pesticides.

They’re typically used as solvents, and to make fragrances last longer.

Phthalates are linked to bioaccumulation, which means they become trapped in the body of both animals and humans FOREVER

Phthalates Act like estrogen. They disrupt endocrine system and are associated with early puberty in girls.


3.  Ethylenedimine and Tetraacetic Acid . Often called EDTA is used as a stabilizer in beauty products, so that the various ingredients don’t settle or separate. That’s a nifty trick, but it also means that EDTA is very stable itself and doesn’t biodegrade even when they are lodged in your body.

4.If you saw BHT on a label would you think it is actually (Butylated Hydroxtoluene) ? is a white to yellowish-white, crystalline solid, that is used to stop fats and oils from going rancid. When they are not in your beauty products, they are doing the same job as a stabilizer in pesticides, gasoline, and lubricants.

Eyeliners, eye shadows, eyebrow pencils, lipsticks, blushes, face powders, and foundations, as well as in perfumes, moisturizers, and personal cleanliness products, and skin cleansers all have BHT, along with several food items, including cereal. (sorry guys, had to throw that one in)

5. Have you ever seen this word on the labels? Propylene glycol ? It is one efficient multi-tasker . When it is not working to maintain moisture in the skin, it is a key ingredient in embalming and brake fluids.  It is also used as a solvent in the plastics industry. In a different container it is known as antifreeze. It is put in skin care (including deodorants and anti-perspirants),and cosmetic products as a softener, but has been  found to damage the central nervous system, the liver and the heart.

6. I used to see this word all over the place and thought it meant, that it smells sweet. (somehow talcum powder always smelled sweet). Because in the innocent mind, you don’t think that when you pay money for a product that it is dangerous. Or that the mission of the person who made it is primarily to get you to exchange it for your money.

Talc is the primary ingredient in baby powder, and other talcum powders. It is in deodorants, sunscreens, and other cosmetics. One would think it is harmless since it is so commonly used. However, it’s often contaminated by asbestos, which is a well- known carcinogen, and talc by  is also believed to be linked to cancer.


For a few decades I taught children how to read, and more importantly, to understand what they are reading. I used to use the example of reading signs and signals when driving, and how dangerous it can be if you cannot read a warning sign. You can’t function well in the world without being able to read.

Now it seems we can’t live unless we read labels and understand what they mean to our longevity and that of the younger generations in our care. Because others are content to trade our health and wellness for the accumulation of wealth, we must always be on the look out for hidden dangers in our beauty products, just as you would for a “stop” sign, or “road work ahead. ” Know Your  Skin Care Products  for a“Healthy Lifestyle”



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