An Introduction To Non Toxic Personal Care Products

Are you interested in preserving your health by using non-toxic health care products? It may be more of a challenge than you think. This introduction to non-toxic personal care products will teach you which ingredients may be harmful to your health, so you can make informed decision about the products you use on your body.

Foaming Agents
Many popular commercial toothpastes, soaps and shampoos use synthetic chemicals to give their products a rich, foamy lather. Popular foaming agents include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and the closely related Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).

Both of these ingredients are skin irritants that can cause dryness and minor rashes in people who have sensitive skin. SLES is thought to be a milder version of SLS, but it can’t be metabolized by the liver, which means it stays in the body longer than SLS.

Additionally, the production of SLES often results in contamination with dioxane, a known carcinogen.

Artificial Preservatives
Diazoliddinyl urea and imidazolidinyl urea are two common preservative agents that cause dermatitis, a serious skin infection that results in severe rashes, such as eczema. This can result in redness, irritation, pain, itching and unsightly skin patches.

Parabens are chemical substances used to preserve body care products, making them look more attractive and giving them a longer shelf life. Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben are the most commonly used parabens in body products today.

Other parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben and benzylparaben. These chemicals have been linked to breast cancer in women and reduced levels of testosterone in men.

Fragrances and Color Additives
Artificial fragrance is one of the most harmful ingredients added to almost every body care product. Fragrances may include any number of up to 3,000 different natural or synthetic ingredients, and manufacturers are not required to disclose them.

If you see “fragrance” listed as an ingredient in your body care products, the product may include substances that are known or suspected carcinogens, or substances that have undergone no human testing at all. Choose products that are fragrance-free, or that get their scents from natural essential oils, to ensure your safety.

Petrochemicals, or chemicals derived from crude oil, are used often as coloring agents to make body care products seem more attractive to consumers.

Petrochemicals and their byproducts, such as dioxin, are known to have detrimental affects to human health. They’ve been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, reproductive toxicity and endocrine system dysfunction.

You can find safe and natural soaps, shampoos, and oral hygiene products, as well as non-toxic hair removal products, hair dyes and perfumes at your local health and beauty boutique.