phthalate

Products to watch out for...

Phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DEP, etc.)
Where:

  • Help perfume linger
  • Make nail polish last longer

Why:

  • DEP has been linked to damaged sperm and reproductive toxicity
  • Cause concern to liver & endocrine function 
  • Body stores large amounts of it
  • Carcinogen
  • *DEHP & DBP banned in EU, all phthalates banned in children’s toys
  • *All products except fragrance must state if they contain phthalate 

Mercury
Where

  • Mascara (where it’s used as a preservative)

Why

  • Known neurotoxin
  • *Must be listed on label. May also be listed as ‘thimerisol’
  • *Parabens, formaldehyde, quaternium 15 or diazodylin urea may be used in leu- they are also toxic, but not as bad. 
  • *check out Afterglow Cosmetics Pure Soul Mascara, which is natural and made with organic botanical extracts, free of harsh preservatives. Does not clump, flake or smudge. 

Mesotherapy

  • Injects caffeine, enzymes, anti-inflammatories, phosphatydalcholine, deoxycholate. It can generate ulcers, skin infections and tissue damage. 

Formaldehyde
Where

  • Nail Polish (preservation) 

Why

  • Overexposure can cause rashes, skin irritation and even breathing problems. 
  • Probable human carcinogen
  • *products must state if they contain formaldehyde

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