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Toxic Beauty: Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid

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We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” But what about what you put on your skin? Products are absorbed into the body. Not only can harmful substances cause topical skin irritations, they can create disturbances in the endocrine system and pose serious, long-term health risks. Many of today’s skin care products are loaded with chemicals. What should you and your clients be on the watch for?

A look at some of the chemicals and additives you should avoid:

  • Phthalates. These chemicals are often found in cosmetics, nail varnishes, deodorants, perfumes and skin care products. They have been linked to higher incidences of breast cancer, as well as reproductive issues in both women and men.
  • Parabens. Found in cosmetics, facial cleansers and other hygiene products, parabens deter bacteria and mold growth. But they also contain properties that imitate estrogen. This can lead to a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Formaldehyde. Disturbingly, this chemical is found in everything from body wash to eye shadow. It is classified as a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), and it can cause skin reactions and immune system disturbances.
  • Toluene. Look for this under its aliases, as well: methylbenzene, phenylmethane,  benzene or toluol. This can cause skin irritations, respiratory difficulties, and nausea. If pregnant women use products with toluene, it may put the fetus at risk for developmental damage.
  • Synthetic colours. Many synthetic colours are sourced from petroleum or coal tar. Fortunately, Switzerland and the European Union and banned synthetic colours as they are linked to increased risks of cancer, skin irritation, and ADHD in children. Though, in countries like the United States, they are still legal – and in many products.

You are what you put on your skin. CHOLLEY’s Phytocosmetics are derived from natural sources that help improve your skin’s health and appearance – without introducing toxic ingredients to your body.

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