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TOP 12 SYNTHETIC COSMETIC INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

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    ALUMINUM
    This widely used toxic metal can be found in virtually everything from antiperspirant deodorant to nasal spray and shampoos. Because aluminum-based compouds such as deodorants, are applied to the skin near the breast, there is increased concern the chemicals maybe absorbed and cause estrogen-like effects, eventually disrupting the function of the endocrine system.

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    DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA
    These are widely used preservatives usually found in body wash, moisturizers, mascara, eyeliner, body mist sprays . The American Academy of Dermatology has found them to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals contains a good antifungal agent, and they must be combined with other preservatives. Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic. 

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    DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA),TRIETHANOLAMINE (TEA)
    Often used in cosmetics, shampoo, lotion and creams  as emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are "amines" (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

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    METHYL, PROPYL, BUTYL AND ETHYL PARABEN
    Used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products. Usually found in lubricants, shampoos, sunscreen and facial toners . It causes many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Studies have shown that they are weakly estrogenic and can be absorbed by the body through the skin. Widely used even though they are known to be toxic.

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    PARABANS
    This widely used preservatives are used regularly in soaps, moisturizers,   cosmetics, personal care producs, shaing cream, and even baby's lotion . Parabans have been linked to interruption of normal endocrine system functioning and severe allergies.

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    PETROLATUM
    Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for its emollient properties in cosmetics . It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with body's own natural moisterizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap. 

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    PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PPG) or (PEG)
    Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural. Often found in deodorants . Usually it is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant. It has been known to cause allergic reations, hives and eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) or PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels, beware- these are related synthetics.

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    PVP/VA COPOLYMER
    A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, styling aids and other cosmetics . It can be considered toxic, since inhaled particles can damage the lungs of sensitive persons. 

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    SODIUM LAURYL/ LAURETH SULFATE (SLS)
    A cheap, harsh detergent used for its cleansing and foam-building properties in shampoo, liquid soap and toothpaste . Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase "comes from coconuts." It causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similiar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. This chemical supresses the Immune System.

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    STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE
    A quaternary ammonium compound used in hair conditions and creams . Developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, it is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which are beneficial to the hair. Causes allergic reactions. Toxic.

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    SYNTHETIC COLORS
    Used to make cosmetics "pretty," synthetic colors, along with synthetic hair dyes, should be avoided at all costs. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6/ D&C Green No. 6. Many synthetic colors can be carcinogenic (Cancer). If a cosmetic contains them, don't use it.  

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    SYNTHETIC FORMALDEHYDE
    This is a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), highly toxic, and ofter found in nail polish and hair relaxer . VOC's vapoize causing indoor air pollution. This one is toxic to the liver and cancerous.

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    SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES (PHTHALATES)
    This widely used toxic metal can be found in virtually everything from antiperspirant deodorant, shower gels, nasal spray, body lotions, creams, soap and shampoos. Because aluminum-based compouds such as deodorants, are applied to the skin near the breast, there is increased concern the chemicals maybe absorbed and cause estrogen-like effects, eventually disrupting the function of the endocrine system.

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    TOLUENE
    It's a petroleum by-product found in nail polish and cosmetics . This neurotoxin can affect brain function and the central nervous system. It can also interfere with normal fetal and childhood development. 

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