Dangerous Ingredients In Anti Aging Products Archives

Yes cosmetics and skin care products can go bad

It may not come as a surprise to you that some, in fact many, cosmetics and personal products contain chemical ingredients which may well be risky to your health.

More and more this matter is becoming public knowledge, with organisations and authors attempting to publicise the fact that many of the personal products that so many of us use every single day may well be damaging to our health.

In fact just recently a new book called “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” has also put some momentum behind this movement.

However the issue of dangerous chemicals being used in our skin care products and cosmetics and more is not a new one. The FDA is not required to test new products for the safety of their ingredients, it is up to the companies that manufacture these products to determine what goes in them.

Not all of it is good. For example tests have recently shown that more than 50 percent of lipsticks tested contained lead, despite the fact that this was not revealed on the label.

However there is a different issue to consider, on top of the risks to your health from chemical ingredients in personal products.
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This issue relates to the fact that it is perfectly possible for personal products like cosmetics and skin care products to go off, in other words to become contaminated with nasty things like bacteria or mold.

Of course I’m sure you know all about the problems with using things that have gone off. They aren’t good for you, particularly when there has been microbiological contamination.

In fact the FDA has recently been considering putting out guidelines to help people understand more about issues related to microbiological contamination of personal products like cosmetics, and in November 2011 held a public meeting to learn more about this problem.

The bottom line is that it is not safe to assume that personal products will last forever. Many of them, despite the fact that they contain preservatives, can and will go off, either because the preservatives have not been sufficiently effective, or they have been contaminated in some other way, often by the user.

(Of course it’s another issue about whether or not the preservatives are a health risk, one of the most common preservatives is a class of chemicals called parabens, and these also pose risks to your health, but that’s another matter.)

So observe some simple precautions when you’re using your personal products. Try and avoid cross contamination for instance by ensuring that you and only you use those products. If example you have a daughter in a household who also uses the products it’s better to purchase her own.

Keep all implements such as applicators clean, wash them regularly. And be aware that these products can become contaminated, so don’t just open up the bottle and use them without careful inspection.

And it’s important as well to make sure that you are particularly careful with any product which goes on or around your eyes, your eyes are particularly susceptible.

To avoid the risks of chemical contamination purchase safe cosmetics and safe and effective skin care products with no nasty chemical ingredients. It’s perfectly possible to source products such as these, but they are not generally available from the big name stores and are not the big name brands.

And be aware of the problem. Awareness, of it’s own, may well help protect you from some of the risks.



The best nature skin care products are safe to use and fully guaranteed

Did you realise that in the US there is almost no regulation governing what ingredients go into skin care products? Did you realise that the FDA is not required to approve skin care products before they go on the market, and that any company that manufactures products that go on your skin, including cosmetics, can put virtually any ingredient that they want into the product?

And given the history of big business in the US, are you confident that these companies would only use safe ingredients in their products, despite the fact that there are many extremely hazardous ingredients which may be put into skin care products legally?

No we have no confidence either that the massive companies producing so many of the skin care products you see on the shelves today have a sufficient commitment to their customers that they wouldn’t do anything that might endanger their health.

That’s why we are so keen suggest that you use high quality nature skin care products rather than the big brands. That’s because there is ample evidence that there are some toxic ingredients in so many of the big brands. Just have a look at several of those toxic ingredients, though there’s many many examples, and if you’d like to find out more go to the Cosmetic Safety Database where you can spend some time reading more, or even searching out individual products or manufacturers to find out exactly what’s in those products and what the risk is to your health.nature skin care products

Lets look at a few examples.

1. Fragrances are wonderful things. Everybody likes to smell good, and what’s wrong with smelling good? Everyone assumes that a nice fragrance is distilled from roses or something like that. Sadly that is far from the truth. Most fragrances are simply synthetic chemicals manufactured in a laboratory, and many contain ingredients which can damage your health.

Lets do a search at the Cosmetic Safety Database and see what it tells us about fragrances. You’ll see that fragrance is listed with a hazard score of 8 on a scale of 8 to 10 of hazard.

As you can see from the page fragrances can be linked to neurotoxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity and more. And you will see that there are 934 studies in the Pubmed science library referencing the toxicity of fragrances.

Unfortunately a fragrance is just a chemical, sometimes completely harmless, sometimes not. And sadly there are no regulations requiring companies that manufacture skin care products, or many other products that contain fragrances, to list the chemical ingredients of a fragrance. Usually all you see is “fragrance” on the label.

2. 1,4 Dioxane. This is a known carcinogen and is a byproduct of various industrial processes, and may, or may not, be found in many products. Use the search at the Cosmetic Database we you can see the risks from 1,4 Dioxane. They include the risk of cancer as well as much more. And you can see the link to products which may contain 1,4 Dioxane.

3. Parabens. Parabens are a class of preservative that are used in many skin care products. Search at the Cosmetics Database.  Click on Propylparaben and you’ll see that it is linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity and immunotoxicity. It can be found in more than 8000 products. Sadly although there are many natural preservatives which work effectively parabens are much cheaper than the natural alternatives, and so are more commonly used.

Hopefully you’re beginning to get the picture, namely that the cosmetics and skin care industries are not regulated, and the companies that manufacture the products can put pretty much whatever they want into those products, and they do, notwithstanding that many of these ingredients are dangerous.

Nature skin care products, or at least the very best nature skin care products, are manufactured only with ingredients sourced from natural sources such as plants, and which are known to be safe to people.

The company that makes the best natural skin care products demonstrates its commitment to the safety of it’s customers by undertaking to only use ingredients which are “safe enough to eat”. In other words they put the health of their customers first.

If all of the above comes as a bit of a shock to you then it’s time for you to spend a little time researching, there’s plenty of information on the Internet about the dangers of many mainstream brands of skin care products, cosmetics and much much more.

And make sure you use high quality nature skin care products the next time you buy your skin care products. Not only are they much safer they are also more effective than the big brand names, and they are backed up with a full money back guarantee so you can try the products risk free and satisfy yourself about the quality of the products yourself.

Do yourself a favor, give the products a try, stay healthy and see how well they work.



SPF 30 Moisturizers are popular. But is it a good idea to use a moisturizer with sunscreen?

It would seem that spf 30 moisturizers are becoming popular. After all it is now well known that the sun can damage your skin. We have talked about the serious effects of photoaging on your skin before. Skin sun damage is a serious issue, and many women now understand that one of the major causes of prematurely ageing skin, wrinkles, lines and skin dryness is overexposure to the sun.

However sunburn, or severe overexposure to the sun, can be much more serious than simply ageing your skin. It can kill you from skin cancer. And so it would seem to make sense that if you are applying a moisturizer, or for that matter any skin care products, every day, that having a sunscreen in them would be a good idea. And so many women opt to buy a moisturiser with spf 30 sun protection. But is this really a good idea?

On this website we seek to alert you to the dangers of chemicals in skin care products. Unfortunately the same problems apply for spf 30 moisturizers, or for that matter any skin care products that contain sunscreen. Unfortunately the chemicals that produce the desired effect, namely screening out the harmful UV rays of the sun, may have unwanted side-effects and can damage your health.

Here’s an example. One of the most commonly used chemicals to produce the result of screening out UV rays is Octinoxate. However Octinoxate can have side effects.spf 30 moisturizer

Although Octinoxate is found in a wide range of personal products such as many moisturizers, lip balms and lipsticks it is known that it can cause a range of unwanted effects on the skin including dermatitis, acne and rashes. Even worse, if you search it at the cosmetics database you’ll find that Octinoxate  is also linked to various allergies and immunotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption and more.

Of course Octinoxate is not the only chemical used to produce a sunscreen effect in moisturizers. Moisturisers with spf 30 can use a variety of different chemicals to produce this effect. However others can also have side effects.

The owner of the company that we consider makes the highest quality natural anti aging skin products specifically avoids adding a sunscreen to the products, and you can read why right here.

Let’s think about it. How often do you actually need to protect itself from the sun? It’s usually only during summer during the middle of the day. Unless you’re on the beach it’s usually only your face, and you can protect your face with a good hat.

People who use an spf 30 moisturizer will usually use it on more than their face. They will use it in the winter as well as the summer, and they often use it more than once a day. Often it will cover a large area of the body. All day long.

If there are any risks at all from using a moisturizer with sunscreen then these risks are exacerbated by using it on large areas of the body, most of which does not need it, and mostly at times of the year and during times of the day that also do not require it.

Not only that but as more and more of us avoid going out in the sun to avoid getting sunburnt, and for good reason, there is a gradual tendency for us to become vitamin D deficient. By using a moisturiser with sunscreen we are ensuring that this may worsen.

Protecting yourself from the sun can be achieved with some simple commonsense. It is only necessary for 3 or 4 months of the year and for 3 or 4 hours in the day. Don’t overdo it by using an spf 30 moisturizer, just be sensible.

Oh, and for great skin care use high quality natural skin care products that do not contain any nasty chemical ingredients.



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