Health Tip #31


If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin

Skin care products and cosmetics can be full of a host of hidden and  unsavory ingredients. The general rule of thumb when choosing personal care products is if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.  This is because what we put on our skin is directly absorbed into the blood stream.  Harmful chemicals can be absorbed into our bodies increasing our toxic burden, making us sick and making it hard for us to lose weight as excesses toxins are stored in fat.

Ingredients to avoid

According to Nadine Artemis of Living Libations skin care, there are several ingredients that we should watch out for.  These ingredients include:

1. Sulfates (sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS))
2. Paraben (look for the prefixes ethyl-, methyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl- or isobutyl)
3. Sodium Benzoate (found in many ingredients that are “extracts”)
4. PEG (Polyethylene Glycol has many different uses in cosmetics…and in oven cleaners)
5. FD&C Colors and Pigments (mixed with calcium or aluminum as fixates so the color stays put on the skin)
6. Alcohols (Check product labels for isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol 40 and ethyl alcohol, ethanol, denatured alcohol, methanol and benzyl alcohol)
7. Urea (Urea can be labeled as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin)
8. Fragrances (The term alone can indicate the presence of up to one thousand substances, many toxic or carcinogenic)
9. Aloe Vera (usually compromised by hidden preservatives like sodium benzoate, sodium sulfite, potassium sorbate and citric acid (to adjust pH))
10. Water (tap) (aqueous solutions are vulnerable to spoilage, preservatives (like paraben, sodium benzoate and Leucidal Liquid) must be added to the product. It is probably tap water, too, which means it likely contains chlorine and fluoride along with a multitude of other toxins)

Extract from Deciphering Cosmetic Codes: Ingredients Your Skin Can Live Without