• 8 Common Toxins Found in Skincare Products You Need to Avoid

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    The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily, while teens, who use an average of 17 personal care products a day, are exposed to even more. (ABC News April 27, 2015)

    We already know that exposure to these chemicals could result in developing disease, even cancer. Which is why it’s important to understand the ingredients used in cosmetics and skin care products that you use everyday.

    Natural Skincare Products

    1. Parabens

    Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products. You’ll find it in about 90% of shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, shaving cream and even toothpaste.

    In Europe, however, many parabens have been prohibited in cosmetic products.

    You don’t have to dig too deeply to see why the EU made that decision. Parabens easily penetrate skin and interfere with hormones. Unsurprisingly, the chemicals have been found in the tumors of 100% of breast cancer patients.

    2. Phthalates

    Organic Hair Care

    Phthalates are used to keep cosmetic products soft. Nail polish manufacturers, for example, use phthalates to prevent the polish from becoming brittle.

    You can also find phthalates in lip gloss, eyeliners, blushes, deodorants and hair products.

    Researchers know that phthalates accumulate in human cells and increase one’s risk of cancer and reproductive defects. In a study by the CDC, every person tested had traces of phthalates – no doubt thanks to their prevalence in consumer products.

    3. Formaldehyde

    As dark and terrible as it as, the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics is actually a marvel of chemistry. You see, manufacturers have come up with a way for formaldehyde to be released over time as a preservative, thanks to chemicals like quaternium-15.
    Of course, that means that your container of shampoo, nail polish, eyelash glue, hair gel or deodorant is pretty much engineered to turn into an increasingly toxic sludge.
    Formaldehyde is no joke. It’s classified as a definite carcinogen. It also raises your risk of ALS, depression, insomnia and ADHD.

    4. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, or EDTA.

    Hair Products

    EDTA is used as a preservative in various skin care products, bath soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes and hair bleaches. With chronic use, EDTA has the potential to cause reproductive damage, fetal disability and kidney damage.

    EDTA can also cause contact dermatitis.

    5. Propylene Glycol

    The Material Safety Data Sheet for propylene glycol instructs us to avoid all contact of the chemical with skin. Of course, that doesn’t stop cosmetic companies from putting the stuff in lotions to ‘enhance the appearance of skin.’

    I wouldn’t exactly consider contact dermatitis, mutated cell membranes and inhibited skin growth to be enhancements.

    6. Toluene

    Nail Polish

    Toluene comes from the tolu tree, but it doesn’t stay natural for long. For commercial use, it’s added to gasoline and used to blend other chemicals.

    You can find this toxic mix hanging out in many nail treatment products.

    Toluene has been linked to severe skin and lung irritation as well as damage to the central nervous system, kidneys and liver, and birth defects.

    7. Talc

    Baby Powder

    The main problem with talc is that it often contains carcinogenic asbestos. Many experts even suspect that talc itself is carcinogenic.
    That’s a little concerning, as talc is what keeps baby powder from caking. It doesn’t just ruin baby’s life, though. Other products containing talc include lotion, eye shadow, foundation, lipstick and deodorant.

    8. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

    You’ve probably already heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS. It’s a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It’s present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts.

    The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

    Why BR Naturals?Natural Skincare

    At BR Naturals, we are dedicated to using only natural ingredients in our products. That is why we grow and process the ingredients ourselves, and manufacture the products under our complete supervision. Each one of our products on our website shows every ingredient in it, each one with a detailed explanation on what they are and why they’re there. Almost all of the ingredients we use are completely naturally derived, and organic wherever possible.

    Regardless of where you purchase your skin care products, these 8 toxins commonly used in skin care and beauty products are what you need to avoid if maintaining good health is your number one priority.


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Natural Make-Up

The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily, while teens, who use an average of 17 personal care products a day, are exposed to even more. (ABC News April 27, 2015)

We already know that exposure to these chemicals could result in developing disease, even cancer. Which is why it’s important to understand the ingredients used in cosmetics and skin care products that you use everyday.

Natural Skincare Products

1. Parabens

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products. You’ll find it in about 90% of shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, shaving cream and even toothpaste.

In Europe, however, many parabens have been prohibited in cosmetic products.

You don’t have to dig too deeply to see why the EU made that decision. Parabens easily penetrate skin and interfere with hormones. Unsurprisingly, the chemicals have been found in the tumors of 100% of breast cancer patients.

2. Phthalates

Organic Hair Care

Phthalates are used to keep cosmetic products soft. Nail polish manufacturers, for example, use phthalates to prevent the polish from becoming brittle.

You can also find phthalates in lip gloss, eyeliners, blushes, deodorants and hair products.

Researchers know that phthalates accumulate in human cells and increase one’s risk of cancer and reproductive defects. In a study by the CDC, every person tested had traces of phthalates – no doubt thanks to their prevalence in consumer products.

3. Formaldehyde

As dark and terrible as it as, the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics is actually a marvel of chemistry. You see, manufacturers have come up with a way for formaldehyde to be released over time as a preservative, thanks to chemicals like quaternium-15.
Of course, that means that your container of shampoo, nail polish, eyelash glue, hair gel or deodorant is pretty much engineered to turn into an increasingly toxic sludge.
Formaldehyde is no joke. It’s classified as a definite carcinogen. It also raises your risk of ALS, depression, insomnia and ADHD.

4. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, or EDTA.

Hair Products

EDTA is used as a preservative in various skin care products, bath soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes and hair bleaches. With chronic use, EDTA has the potential to cause reproductive damage, fetal disability and kidney damage.

EDTA can also cause contact dermatitis.

5. Propylene Glycol

The Material Safety Data Sheet for propylene glycol instructs us to avoid all contact of the chemical with skin. Of course, that doesn’t stop cosmetic companies from putting the stuff in lotions to ‘enhance the appearance of skin.’

I wouldn’t exactly consider contact dermatitis, mutated cell membranes and inhibited skin growth to be enhancements.

6. Toluene

Nail Polish

Toluene comes from the tolu tree, but it doesn’t stay natural for long. For commercial use, it’s added to gasoline and used to blend other chemicals.

You can find this toxic mix hanging out in many nail treatment products.

Toluene has been linked to severe skin and lung irritation as well as damage to the central nervous system, kidneys and liver, and birth defects.

7. Talc

Baby Powder

The main problem with talc is that it often contains carcinogenic asbestos. Many experts even suspect that talc itself is carcinogenic.
That’s a little concerning, as talc is what keeps baby powder from caking. It doesn’t just ruin baby’s life, though. Other products containing talc include lotion, eye shadow, foundation, lipstick and deodorant.

8. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

You’ve probably already heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS. It’s a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It’s present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts.

The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

Why BR Naturals?Natural Skincare

At BR Naturals, we are dedicated to using only natural ingredients in our products. That is why we grow and process the ingredients ourselves, and manufacture the products under our complete supervision. Each one of our products on our website shows every ingredient in it, each one with a detailed explanation on what they are and why they’re there. Almost all of the ingredients we use are completely naturally derived, and organic wherever possible.

Regardless of where you purchase your skin care products, these 8 toxins commonly used in skin care and beauty products are what you need to avoid if maintaining good health is your number one priority.