What is your daily hygiene product?
An excellent cosmetic is composed of:
1. 80% of an excipient. These are, for example, water and surfactant for shampoo, or for a cream of a mixture of water and oil, by adding an emulsifier to make it more creamy. This base is the base of your product, it must be of quality so that the active ingredients can be effective. Unfortunately, conventional manufacturers give a little detail on the elements that make it up.
2. agents or active ingredients: they are the ones that confer virtues on products
3. additives: preservatives, antioxidants, colorants, …
4. Perfumes to Attract the Consumer
Where is the danger?
Our skin absorbs an average of 2 kgs of chemicals a year! With its 2 m2 of a surface, it is composed of 3 layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. Many substances of a cosmetic product pass the dermis: it is, therefore, essential to know the composition of our products used daily.
Professor Belpomme, an oncologist, blames the many additives. Some substances, usually toxic, overload the liver and in the long term can cause chronic intoxication which leads to allergies, dermatoses, cancers, …
It is necessary to understand that it is the daily exposure, (regular and repeated), Of an individual to its carcinogenic substances, which by associating with each other, can by “cocktail effect” trigger critical mutations that can lead to the development of cancer. Today, ¾ of cancers have an origin that remains in suspense. Cancer occurs when our cells undergo three to six mutations.
Currently, 100,000 molecules have not been controlled, 5,000 have been tested, and 100 of them are carcinogenic (University of the Earth, 19/11/05). The precautionary principle is essential to protect us.
How to choose by deciphering the labels?
Look carefully at the labels of your products; you will necessarily find the detail of the INCI list. You will be able to compare it with the list below of a part of the substances suspected of being dangerous, elaborated from different sources.
Today, nobody knows what happens on the skin of users. Precaution is probably the best ally of our health:
1. Mineral oils (petrolatum vaseline, paraffin liquid, paraffin oil, synthetic glycerine, microcrystalline, isohexadecane, isoparaffin, ceresin, etc.) which come from the distillation of petroleum. Very cheap, they do not provide any nutrients, accused of clogging the pores, creating acne and preventing the skin from breathing. They could be stored in the body and damage the liver or lead to inflammation of the heart valves. They are generally used in classical cosmetics because of their easy and stable use.
2. Silicones (Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, etc.), synthetic film-forming agents often of petrochemical origin, pollutants because they are not biodegradable and partially occlusive for the skin. Very used in conventional cosmetics, present in shampoos and after shampoos to coat the hair in particular.
3. Glycol (PEG polyethylene glycol, PPG polypropylene glycol, butylene Glycol, Laureth 7, teareth 20, …), which make the skin permeable and could penetrate foreign bodies. They would promote pimples and blackheads. They are often included in raw material components.
4. Phenoxyethanol, preservative, and bactericide of the class of glycol ethers. It works in synergy with parabens. Very controversial and regularly attacked by the Revue Que Choisir that would pass through the skin and be toxic on the reproductive tract.
5. Foaming agents: SLS sodium lauryl sulfate and SLES Sodium Laureth Sulfate, highly irritating to the skin, are obtained from very dangerous handling (Ethoxylation is a chemical technique using ethylene oxide, A highly toxic liquid that gave rise to a combat gas, which is very difficult to achieve and sometimes leads to the appearance of dioxanes.
They would quickly get absorbed and retained in the eyes especially, they could cause cataracts and prevent children’s eyes from developing normally.
6. Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben and especially propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutyl paraben), synthetic preservatives, allergenic, suspected of crossing the epidermis and being toxic to the endocrine system (Professor Darbre of the University of Reading detected Of parabens in tissues taken from breast tumors (Le Monde 10/01/06). Again, the risk is related to the accumulation of parabens, present today in 80% of the products of care and hygiene. There are no natural parabens. They are always of synthetic origin.
7. Formaldehyde, preservative classified as carcinogen and releases formaldehyde as DMDM Hydantoin (Dimethylol Dimethyl) preservative allergen which sometimes replaces the parabens
8. Dioxane, (or dioxin) a carcinogenic chemical, derived from petroleum that appears when burning natural or chemical materials. Also an undesirable byproduct of certain chemical reactions. According to the US EPA, more than half of baby soaps contain it.
9. EDTA (Ethylene-DiaminoTretra-Acetate) and its ersatz Etidronic Acid, present in soaps, toxicologically doubtful and difficult to degrade.
10.the aluminum salts present in antiperspirant deodorants, besides the allergic reactions they are increasingly suspected in certain neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, …).
11. Phthalates (diethyl or DEP) alcohol-based alcohol solvents and denaturing agents for the prevention of fraud on potable alcohol.
Choose the following:
12. Natural products,
13. Vegetable oils or waxes (jojoba, argan, shea, olive, almond, hazelnut, avocado, etc.) obtained by first cold pressing of GMO-free seeds, fruits, plants
14. Excipients composed of floral water loaded with active ingredients (rather than water)
15. Vegetable and soft washing bases
16. Natural emulsifiers: copra (coconut), palm, glycine, …
17. Active ingredients based on natural extracts transformed by appropriate processes that preserve nutritive values (vitamins, minerals, etc.) (no extraction by solvent or hot pressing).
18. If possible natural preservatives (Ecocert and Cosmebio accept some synthetic)
19. Certified organic ingredients, guaranteeing not only an environmentally-friendly production method but also a complete traceability of the cultivated plot to the finished product.