Harmful substances in cosmetics


Not everyone blindly trusts advertising. But even though we do not expect magic from cosmetic products, it is quite natural that we want to get a certain effect from their use. And we don’t even think about the fact that we can get the opposite result not only from the declared by marketers, but also from our modest expectations. What are the harmful components in cosmetics are a threat to health and beauty?

How many preservatives "eat" the skin?

It is estimated that an average woman uses 10–12 cosmetic products per day. In each product - contain chemicals. Some of them are in contact with the skin surface and are washed off, while others penetrate into the epidermis according to their intended purpose - creams, deodorants, lotions, tonics, and balms. About 170 ingredients a day - how many of them are dangerous?


It is absolutely certain that every day our skin faces a huge amount of preservatives. In a year the skin "eats" three kilograms of cosmetics. From washing - to decorative cosmetics.There is no cosmetic product without preservative components. In addition to home remedies. Therefore, the "organic" products with a shelf life of 36 months are so amusing real chemical technologists and good cosmetologists.

Natural preservatives can not so long inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria, and chemical preservatives gradually accumulate in the human body. In what quantities and how will affect health is still little studied. But the assumptions are not clearly proven. Therefore there is a point of view that perishable cosmetics are more dangerous than preservatives. Apparently not only for buyers, but also for manufacturers.

Most of the funds "eco", "bio", "organic", replacing each other at regular intervals, are nothing more than marketing tricks to attract customers and increase sales. After all, the name "natural" has no legal definition.

The most dangerous of the preservative ingredients - parabens. It is assumed that they can provoke cancer. In particular, traces of these harmful components were found in tumors extracted by surgeons from the chest. May cause DNA damage due to sunlight.Avoid the inscription with the ending -paraben. For example: Ethyl, Butyl, Methylparaben ...
Diazolidinyl and Imidazolidinyl Urea are banned from synthetic urea. Allocate toxic formaldehyde. Causes irritation of mucous membranes, dermatitis, cell mutations.

 Harmful substances in cosmetics

Antibacterial triclosan in hygiene products removes both harmful and beneficial bacteria, weakening the natural protection of skin.
Benzols, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, bronopol, climbazole are the perpetrators of allergies. If the preparation contains several such preservatives, it is better not to buy it. These components, as a result of chemical reactions among themselves, turn into poisons for all organs.

If preservative substances are among the top five in the composition, it is worth refusing to purchase goods. And, in general, try to use cosmetics less. After all, no matter how expensive a jar of care was, it was not without preservatives.

SAWS in gels, shampoo and soap

The surfactants are thoroughly cleaned, creating a pleasant foam. Molecules of surfactants "capture" particles of dirt from surfaces and are washed out with water.

The first chemical surfactant is a soap made from fats, whose history goes back 6 thousand years, according to the transcripts of the Egyptian papyrus.

Synthetic surfactants in gels, liquid soaps and shampoos when exposed reduce the barrier functions of the skin and because of this, other irritants easily penetrate deep into the epidermis, causing allergic reactions. As, for example, synthetic dyes, which include not only allergens, but also carcinogens.

The scalp responds to a thorough cleansing with a greater production of fat by the sebaceous glands to recover. So the cycle starts: the more often they wash their hair, the faster their hair gets dirty. By increasing the frequency of "brainwashing" - we increase the number of harmful "chemicals" that come into contact with the body.

Harmful substances in cosmetics

On the tresses, the hard surfactants “soften” - they denature the protein that makes up the structural basis of the hair shaft. And with dirt, nutrients are washed out, amino acids, which makes hair dull and porous.

Researchers from the College of Medical University of Georgia have shown that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate enters the body and may linger in the internal organs. This is the most dangerous and harmful detergent. Used because of its cheapness and effectiveness. Slightly softer than Sodium Laureth Sulfate, but it reacts with other ingredients, like SLS,resulting in nitrosamines and dioxins.

Dioxin is 500 thousand times more carcinogenic than the chemical insecticide DDT, which poison insects.

In addition to SLES and SLS, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, 1,2-Dioxane, Cocomide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, also suspected of carcinogenic properties, is used in the production of detergents.

What to do if most products for hygiene contain the above detergents? Learn to properly clean the head and body:

Wet hair thoroughly so that it is soaked with water, it “absorbs” shampoo components less.
Try to lather the shampoo in the hands first, and then apply it to the roots. Do not pour a lot of money. Lengthwise wash remaining foam. The second time, soap only if necessary.
When washing, it is not gel and soap that is applied to the body, but whipped foam.
Flush out quickly and thoroughly. Shampoo can not be left on the head for a long time. He is unable to cure and heal hair.
Try to wash your hair less often or to replace home remedies with homemade shampoos.

Harmful substances in cosmetics

"Shy" from surfactants is not worth it, because even in the "organic" shampoos their great variety. Only they are either not declared in the composition, or replaced by other, less studied.Because natural detergents, in addition to a significant rise in price, give the product such properties that it is unlikely to buy them. They do not foam, tangle their hair, do not give such a feeling of purity "to the creak," as synthetic analogs.

In the whole world, 21 million tons of formaldehyde are produced annually for the needs of industry.

Harmful and ineffective ingredients in cosmetics

Even a small concentration of harmful components in cosmetics with regular use has a negative impact on health. Especially with sensitive and problematic skin.

Synthetic types of alcoholthey dry out the skin and have mutagenic properties that presumably cause throat cancer. When poisoning - there is dizziness, nosebleeds. Clinical observations have shown that a high content of synthetic alcohols in face creams and body lotions in just two days of use led to the death of a quarter of skin cells in the subjects. Bypassing means with Ethyl-, Methyl-, Benzyl- and Isopropyl Alcohol.
Andpropylene glycolwhich as an additive E1520 is not toxic, but due to its hygroscopic properties it dehydrates the epidermis with regular use.Although the cosmetics is declared as humectant (moisturizer), giving smooth skin and a substitute for glycerin. Abbreviation PPG and PEG (polyethylene glycol) among the first ingredients in the composition - the reason not to buy a dangerous drug.

If the amount of glycerin in the product is more than 40%, when the ambient air humidity is less than 65%, it begins to “draw moisture” from the deep layers of the skin to the surface.

Mineral oils.The result of refining, purified to White oil - "white oil". It is odorless and colorless and does not oxidize for many years. In general, the ideal product for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. When added to the cream creates an insulating layer on the skin, which makes it soft and velvety. In the composition is designated as: Liquid paraffin, Paraffin oil. Or in the form of liquid petrolatum: Petrolatum liquid, Petroleum oil. It is believed that technical oil leads to blockage of pores and causes acne, can penetrate into the bloodstream and adversely affect internal organs. European Food Safety Agency after the study summarized that mineral oils are non-toxic. And the carcinogenic properties of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons present in the oil are completely excluded due to high purity.Dermatologists are of the opinion that if you misuse means with mineral oils, then metabolic processes decrease, cell growth slows down, and mechanisms of recovery and renewal are slowed down. The skin thinning, dehydrating. The barrier functions are reduced. All this leads to a rash and pimples.

Harmful substances in cosmetics

Silicones.They create a shell on the hair shaft, providing silkiness to the curls due to smoothing of the cuticles, and a film on the skin, preventing the natural moisture from escaping, protecting it from environmental aggression. But at the same time clog pores, not giving release toxins. And if in a cosmetic product there are such dangerous components as preservatives, then silicone “seals” them to the surface of the skin, ensuring absorption through the “greenhouse effect”. On the head of hair silicone additives "attract" particles of dust and other contaminants, aggravating the salting of the hair, which because of this has to be washed more often. Some silicones can only be washed with super-aggressive special shampoos. And if not, then the film disrupts metabolic processes at the cellular level. They will be removed from the skin only with the natural renewal of the skin when the old epithelium is exfoliated.The names of silicones end with –thicone: Dimethicon, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone. Or -silanol, -silicone, -siloxane.

Nitrosamines are radicals that, even when taken once, can cause mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. It affects the liver cells, with a high concentration can lead to hemorrhages and coma.

Neutralizing agents.Oil derivatives that adjust PH levels: diethanolamine and triethanolamine (DEA and TEA). Cause allergic reactions and enter into compounds with other components, forming nitrosamines.
Flavorsare part of almost all cosmetic products. What do fragrance or parfume have in them? They consist of thousands of synthetic substances, each of which is carcinogenic to a greater or lesser extent, and amplifiers - phthalates (Phthalate), extremely toxic, capable of even causing rejection of the fetus in pregnant women. Experiments prove that artificial aromatic compositions affect the central nervous system and may well be the cause of depression, irritability and chronic fatigue syndrome. When directed, they cause allergic reactions, cough, pain in the head, nausea and vomiting. The most dangerous neurotoxic fragrances must be indicated by manufacturers as a separate line: cinnamon alcohols, isoeugenol, citral,cinnamon, oak moss extract, coumarin. But this rule is not always respected.
Colorants, as well as aromatic compositions, are responsible for the attractiveness of cosmetic products. The brighter the color - the more toxic the product. The most dangerous are CI 61565, CI 61570, 11680. Coloring preservatives FD & C (FDC-n) are also suspected of having a negative effect on health. Coal dyes can cause cancer.

Jacqueline Kennedy died at the age of 65 from lymphoma, the occurrence of which was blamed not only on smoking, but also on dyeing hair twice a month with paint containing coal tar.

ANA acid.They are able to reduce wrinkles and pigmentation by accelerating the exfoliation of dead cells of the stratum corneum, which stimulates the renewal and synthesis of collagen. But the constant use of "fruit" acids violates the protective, barrier properties of the skin, which leads to permeability and defenselessness of hazardous substances, premature fading.
Aluminumin the form of sulfate and acetate, frequent culprits of peeling, itching and irritation. The constant use of deodorants, especially gel, and decorative eye shadows can be the cause of tumors. Metal is not excreted from the body.
Acetamide meafound in decorative cosmetics: lipstick, rouge, retaining moisture in the product. Presumably - the cause of nasopharyngeal oncology. Penetrates the liver and kidneys.
Bentonite- it is added to powder, blush, foundation creams, ready-made masks. A type of clay that becomes gelled when mixed with water. It is believed to rid the skin of toxins. But the latest results of the study say that the highly plastic clay itself is toxic, comedogenic, and violates the hydro-lipid balance.

 Harmful substances in cosmetics

UV filtersoxidizing cause cancer. Therefore, wash off and apply sunscreen cosmetics every two hours in the sun. If during the day in the open sun were a total of a couple of hours, then you do not need to adjust the makeup. In Europe banned: Benzophenone, Oxybenzon. Next in line: Homomenthylsalicylat, Octocrylene.
Collagen, elastinand biotin- not harmful, but ineffective components in cosmetics. To penetrate the skin, the molecular weight of the ingredient must be less than 3 thousand AU. m. To be inside the cell - 800 AU It is doubtful that the structure of the skin will significantly improve foreign substances, the specific gravity of molecules of which is more than 10 thousand units.But elastin and collagen create a breathable film on the surfaces of the hair and epidermis, which helps retain and absorb other components: both beneficial and harmful. Advertising fraud is the assurance of the anti-aging properties of liposomes in the composition of creams that can not "revitalize" the aging cell. Although able to bring useful substances into the skin and envelop it outside with a protective layer.

Jacqueline Kennedy died at the age of 65 from lymphoma, the occurrence of which was blamed not only on smoking, but also on dyeing hair twice a month with paint containing coal tar.

Harmful ingredients are found in all types of cosmetics, even in the nursery. Used because they are cheap and make the use of the drug enjoyable. Remember the most dangerous substances and avoid them, if possible. Do not abuse cosmetics, especially cheap.

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