Posted on 2019 Apr 26th
How to Avoid Toxic Build Up From Your Personal Care Products
If you were to check the label of your favourite lotion, I will bet that it contains phenoxyethanol. PHENOXYETHANOL is broad spectrum preservative is used in most water based cosmetics, and like parabens, it extends a products shelf life. It prevents things like bacteria, fungus, mold and other microbes from making a nice little home in your creams, lotions and makeup. These little critters will infect the tiniest cut or open sore (like a recently picked at pimple) and may cause blood poising! This is why it is SO important to have a preservative in WATER based cosmetics.
Microbiologist Alain Ménard says, “products are made without any preservatives because there’s no water in them—products that are oil and wax based like lip balms."
PHENOXYETHANOL is used in very small quantities as the preservative alone isn't so bad. (If you don't consider it suspicious that it is banned in Japanese cosmetics, or that it is "classified as toxic or harmful only for products for use around the mouth; products for use on the
Ménard notes, “Many companies have traded parabens for another class of chemical preservatives called ‘formaldehyde slow releasers.” He says these appear on ingredient lists as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea. lips" European Union-Classification &Labelling) It becomes a bigger issue when you consider that we all use so many different types of products, all with tiny amounts of preservatives like PHENOXYETHANOL, or worse formaldehyde releasing preservatives, that the accumulation of small amounts can be dangerous.
Health Canada allows the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics at levels of no more than 0.2 percent.
“The problem is, we all use more than one product a day,” says Ménard, and that can add up. (Read more at http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/beauty/the...
The safest way to protect yourself is to limit the amount of water based products you use. Below is a list of preservative free personal care products that can help:
It is almost impossible to avoid all the preservatives that are out there. The best thing to do is limit the amount of products you use and always, always READ THE LABEL!
SYNONYMS: 2-HYDROXYETHYL PHENYL ETHER; 2-PHENOXY- ETHANOL; 2-PHENOXYETHANOL; 2-PHENOXYETHYL ALCOHOL; ETHANOL, 2-PHENOXY-; ETHANOL, 2PHENOXY; ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOPHENYL ETHER; PHENOXYTOL; 1-HYDROXY-2-PHENOXYETHANE; 2-FENOXYETHANOL (CZECH) ; 2-PHENOXYETHANOL
(Read more at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704811/PHE...
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