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Harmful Chemicals To Avoid When Choosing Skin & Hair Care Products December 31, 2015 12:51 13 Comments
Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it
Mineral oil ( liquid paraffin
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.
There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 gram per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal [skin] absorption.”
Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads.
Mineral oil provides no nutrients whatsoever. It actually seals off your skin, preventing it from breathing. It has no benefits for your skin. It’s not infusing it with nutrients. It’s not providing hydration that actually goes into the skin where it counts. It’s just sitting there on the top of the skin preventing moisture loss.
Mineral oil attracts needed moisture from cells deep inside your skin. This means that cell renewal is slowed, collagen breaks down, and the connective tissue is destroyed. Normal cell development is slowed down and the skin ages prematurely when skin cells are robbed of moisture.
Petrolatum is a jelly made of mineral oil that is often used in lip products. While the products that use it are often advertised to help prevent chapping, petrolatum can actually interfere with the body’s natural moisturizing abilities, putting you more at risk for damage. What’s more, this ingredient can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, compounds that are associated with cancer.
Fragrance ( parfume )
Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Fragrance is an obvious ingredient in perfumes, colognes, and deodorants, but it's used in nearly every type of personal care product. It can be found in conditioners, shampoos, body wash and moisturizers. Even products marketed as "fragrance-free" or "unscented" may in fact contain fragrance along with a masking agent that prevents the brain from perceiving odour.
The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients.
Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Many of these unlisted ingredients are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. A survey of asthmatics found that perfume and/or colognes triggered attacks in nearly three out of four individuals.
Some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.” Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.
A group of chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products. Dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it's added to fragrances (remember the "secret formula" not listed), a major loophole in the law. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS's are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser and mascara.
Formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP's) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments.
A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Toluene has also been linked to immune system toxicity. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.
Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It's classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans -- these effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents—research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, and facial cleansers.
Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.
Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion, and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
PEGs are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
You’re most likely to find Stearalkonium Chloride in hair products, particularly rinses, conditioners, and bleachers. It is used to reduce static and improve luster, but it is also known to be an irritant and does little to actually improve your hair’s health.
Triethanolamine is used in many cosmetic products to help balance pH levels, as well as to act as a cleansing base. When absorbed into the body over a long period of time, it can become toxic. Even short periods of exposure can cause allergic reactions, including eye problems and dry hair and skin. Look for Triethanolamine in eyeliners, eye shadows, blushers, mascara, foundation, hair dyes, hair care products, shaving products, and sunscreens.
Like parabens, Imidazolidinyl Urea is used as a preservative in a variety of health and beauty products. These toxic chemicals are a common cause of skin irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Imidazolindyl Urea may appear under the trade names Germall II and Germall 115 and can be found in foundations, eye makeup, makeup removers, burn remedies, shampoos, sunscreens, and more.
SUPER SAT. & SUN. FOLSOM BLVD. FLEA MARKET NOV. 28th & 29th November 18, 2015 17:13 4 Comments
DON'T FORGET SUPER SAT. & SUN. AT THE FOLSOM BLVD. FLEA MARKET
Channel 31 will be present.
We have been notified that Santa will be coming from the North Pole to visit the Folsom Blvd. Flea Market arriving Nov. 28th at 9:00 a.m. Santa will be led by the Sacramento Fire Dept. and a BIG RED FIRE TRUCK. Followed by a small parade. Bring your family and get your friends, come join us for some fun and great deals. TAKE A SELFIE WITH SANTA
Vendors are getting in the Holiday spirit and introducing SUPER SAT. & SUN SALES. (Nov. 28th & 29th,) offering discounts and bargains. Many items to choose from:
- phone accessories
- used and new items and much, much more
The place to find a unique and special gift for that hard to buy person.
Let this be a season of cheer and joy, peace and love, sharing and reaching out.
How To Use A Sugar Scrub To Shave Your Legs November 6, 2015 13:12 4 Comments
LADIES Check this out! Using Sugar Scrubs to shave your legs. You have to try this. Guaranteed to leave you legs feeling silky smooth.
"Read This Blog...You'll be amazed" July 13, 2015 16:28 5 Comments
A picture is worth a thousand words. Two weeks ago while selling our products at the Folsom Blvd Flea Market, a young girl, who is also a vendor there, asked if we had anything to help her hands. She said her hands itched terribly and were breaking out in bumps, rashes and dry spots. She went to a Dr. who said she had eczema. He prescribed her a cream but after a couple weeks of using it she said her hands had not healed and seemed to be getting worse and the itching more intense. She then showed us her hands. Now at that time we didn't think to take pictures of her hands because we felt so bad for her, the last thing on our mind was to take pictures . Her hands were completely raw from scratching, the backs and palms of her hands were covered with bumps and blisters traveling up past her wrist. They looked terrible.
We recommended our sugar scrub for her to use gently on her hands every other day and to rub in a small amount of our body butter to her hands and writst once or twice a day or as needed.
We seen her 5 days later. This time we took pictures. Her hands were looking better but still had some problem areas. She said the scrubs
and butter gave her hands so much relief from the itching. She picked up one more small jar of the scrub.
We seen her again in 5 days and this is what her hands looked like. Completely cleared up. She says she loves the way her hands feel now and she was so proud of her hands she got her nails done, which she said, is something she hadn't done in a long time because she was always to embarrassed.
The skin is the largest organ on the body. It responds to what we put on it.
If we put chemicals, dyes, preservatives and other harmful man made ingredients on our skin, then the skin will respond accordingly, it will provide us with eczema, psoriasis, cancer, wrinkles, brown spots, constant itch, dry patches, red blotches, it will become dull, flaky, it will loose it's elasticity and make us look older.
If we treat our skin to all natural vitamin enriched butters and oils and pamper ourselves to a regular skin care routine, then our skin will respond and provide us with a smooth soft feeling, it will maintain elasticity keeping us looking young and help soften wrinkles. It will reduce the risk of skin cancers and other skin disorders. Our skin will replace itself with fresh new skin making it vibrant and healthy making us look good.
Chemicals & Skin Care June 19, 2015 14:58 4 Comments
People are looking for safer, more natural skin care products, but there is a lot of confusion about what "natural" actually means. The word "natural" is on labels everywhere, yet there is no regulated definition. The U.S. government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for personal care products so there are many non-natural components and processes in most U.S. body care products. Even those labeled "natural" may contain harsh preservatives or ingredients.
Preservatives are necessary in most body and skin care products, especially products that contain water, and we know that preservatives and chemicals such as parabens, polypropylene and polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates are not only bad for our body but also for our environment because the body care products that everyone uses eventually go down the drain and into our environment.
Fragrance is a word found on many products that claim to be natural, the fact is most fragrance is man made to mimic the the smell of something else. Fragrance oils should be naturally derived, if it is not, it shouldn't be used on your body. When looking for a special scent or aroma it's best to use products that contain Essential Oils. Essential oils are not only good for the skin but may have aromatherapy benefits, as well.
All of our products are made with ingredients that actually nourish your skin and body. We use no water in any of our skin care products so we don't need preservatives. All of our products have a shelf life of approximately 8 months to a year.
Our goal is to be the go-to place for the highest-quality, natural skin care products.
Hemp Seed Oil June 9, 2015 13:36 1 Comment
About Hemp seed Oil. Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa and is commonly confused with marijuana but the two are different. Hemp seed oil has a minimum of the psychoactive substance THC and the oil has no psychoactive properties and there fore will not get you high or make you fail a drug test.
Hemp, has been around and been used for centuries. Now with a slow-growing acceptance of cannabis in the United States and elsewhere, we are starting to learn the benefits hemp oil has when taken orally or when applied to the skin. Hemp Seed Oil contains Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which are key components in maintaining healthy skin. The linolenic acid present in hemp seed oil has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that work well in the treatment of certain skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Hemp Seed Oil can prevent moisture loss in the skin and help prevent premature aging, and is effective in maintaining moisture balance. We use Hemp Seed Oil in conjunction with other natural oils in all our skin care products.
Our First Post April 21, 2015 23:19 1 CommentWe will not be at the Folsom Blvd. Flea Market this Sat. the 23rd but will be there on Sunday the 24th.