What if I told you your skin care and makeup had crude oil, harmful chemicals and dead animals in it? Would you still use them? Well unfortunately, most products that aren’t natural or botanically based DO contain these disgusting ingredients. Did you know that the European Union has banned 1,100 chemicals from their skin care products, while the US has only banned 9!!! Countries like Switzerland have a much higher standard in skin care and food production and look at Europeans compared to US citizens… According to a study mentioned in the LA times Europeans are healthier than Americans. Surprisingly, Americans over 50 years old are nearly twice as likely to have a serious illness like cancer! Could this be because the US is using all the chemicals in personal care products that are banned in Europe and many of those chemicals are carcinogens? Maybe our food and all the junk that is in it plays a role in our health also… But right now I’m going to focus on the skin care products and I’m going to talk about the Crude oil, chemicals and road kill that are in your personal care products!
Crude oil is not put directly into your products but a derivative of Ccrude oil called mineral oil. Mineral oil is in almost all skin care and cosmetics! Mineral oil comes in different forms and has many different names like petroleum, petrolatum and baby oil! Go look at the ingredient lists on your skin care products and this is most likely one of the top 3 ingredients while it is banned in Europe!!!! Your probably thinking what do you mean mineral oil isn’t safe? I used it on my baby!!! Or you might know that many people drink it as a laxative or use it to remove makeup or moisturize there skin with this substance! First of all I would like to get to the bottom of the common misconception that mineral oil/baby oil and petroleum jelly moisturize the skin… They don’t add any moisture to the skin, putting mineral oil on your skin makes it feel moisturized and doesn’t let moisture leave the skin but if your skin is already dry it will not give your skin the nourishment it needs!
Here is a list of reasons you should NOT USE MINERAL OIL!
*Mineral oil masks itself as Estrogen: Making women Estrogen Dominant, which throws off hormone levels causing many side effects such as: Depression, weight gain, thyroid problems, breast cancer, foggy thinking etc.
*Mineral oil blocks the pores from releasing toxins. Resulting in toxins being found in lymphoid and breast tissue of breast cancer patients.
*Mineral oil blocks the skin from ever receiving moisture, making your skin dry!
A 1996 John Hopkins Study list Mineral oil as the #2 cause of aging.
Now lets talk a little about chemicals found in US skin care…
Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream within 26 seconds, so you would think it would be common sense for cosmetic and skin care companies to exclude toxic ingredients from their products, right? Well they include harmful ingredients anyway, maybe it’s cheaper to use ingredients that are harmful to your health! I found an awesome web site that has a list of potentially harmful, toxic and carcinogenic ingredients that are found in most skin care…. One was 1,4-dioxane which is a carcinogenic contaminant of cosmetic products. Almost 50% of cosmetics containing ethoxylated surfactants were found to contain dioxane. EFFECTS OF OVEREXPOSURE to 1,4-DIOXANE IS AN EYE AND MUCOUS MEMBRANE IRRITANTION, PRIMARY SKIN IRRITANTION, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSION. IT WAS ALSO CALLED A NEPHROTOXIN, AND HEPATOTOXIN. Another chemical is Anionic Surfactants They may be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. Surfactants can pose serious health threats. They are used in car washes, as garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. These are just a couple examples of the terrible chemicals found in our products! So this is probably news to a lot of you out their and it’s pretty shocking but in a little bit i’ll tell you about a healthy alternative that will allow you relax, knowing that none of these chemicals are used but first i’d like to share a little about the road kill or dead animals that are boiled down in rendering plants and put in cosmetics and skin care products!
Most skin care and cosmetics need an oil and unfortunately instead of using high quality natural plant based oils they use animal fat! Entire cows that died from diseases, Pigs, dogs scraped off the street, euthanized pets and even left over cooking oil from fast food joints are all thrown into a big pot and cooked, the fat rises to the top and that is bought from cosmetic and skin care companies and while it’s a lot cheaper than plan based oils it’s disgusting! I even heard someone say that cow poop is in our cosmetics because the entire cow is dumped in that cooking pot, intestines and it’s contents! Now the only products that contain animal byproducts aren’t the cheaper ones sold at drug stores but also the much more expensive ones sold at department stores! So there charging a lot more for something that might work a little better but nourishes the skin the same way as the cheaper products, using animal fat that doesn’t really nourish the skin at all!
So now you probably are feeling very disappointed. Thinking what am i going to do now? do i have to go a round without makeup and dry skin? Do i have to go to the health food store and buy products that might be safer but don’t work as good? I have to give up my Lancome, Estee lauder and Mac? well you should give up your current products BUT you don’t have to settle for something that doesn’t work as good, You can actually start using something that probably works better and buy from one company knowing and trusting that you aren’t being sold harmful chemicals or animal fat! I’m going to share with you the name of a company that has completely blown me away and this company is ARBONNE! All of Arbonne’s products are formulated in Switzerland who have much higher standards than the US but they are made in the US.
So, now my recommendation to you is to not neglect what you just learned throw out your skin care and makeup and replace them with ARBONNE!