What you put on your skin matters

Consultation Cynthia Sillars

The Environmental Working Group considers these facial cleanser ingredients to be among the worst of the “Most Wanted” offenders…

  • Fragrance (includes phthalates) – A collection of many different chemicals, earns one of EWG’s worst scores for toxic effects to organ systems, allergies and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Parabens (propylparaben, methylparaben) – EWG gives them a scathing score for their severe effects: endocrine disruption, allergies, toxic effects to the immune and reproductive systems, cellular and biochemical changes.
  • Poloxamer 184 – Scorned for toxic effects to organ systems and the ability to accumulate in your body.
  • BHT – Linked to cancer and causes toxic effects to organ systems, allergies, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Salicylic Acid – Causes enhanced skin absorption and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Propylene Glycol – Causes enhanced skin absorption, toxic effects of organ systems, allergies, and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Phenoxyethanol – Causes toxic effects to organ systems, allergies, and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.

Check the very small writing on the side of every skin care product you have and if any of these show up, ask yourself “Do I really need this”?

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