Summer Skin Part 4: Harmful Chemicals in Cosmetics
Spending lots of time outside in nature is one of the best parts of summer. But summertime also has lots of dangers for your skin. Good thing Hawaiian Organic Noni is here to help! Here’s another way that our Noni lotions can keep your skin healthy this summer.
Many people use cosmetics, especially shaving cream and antiperspirants, frequently in the summer to feel fresh, clean, and well-groomed in the heat. But shaving cream and antiperspirants are oftenfull of harmful chemicals that can cause serious health problems.
Here are some facts you might not know about these everyday cosmetics. We’ll also share how you can use our nourishing Noni Lavender Lotion as a toxin-free, organic alternative.
Why Do Chemicals in Cosmetics Matter?
Your skin is your largest organ, and the most vulnerable. While it is waterproof, it allows for the absorption of many other things, good and bad. This means that it is very important that we watch what we put on our skin, and make sure our cosmetics are free from harmful chemicals.
Shaving cream and antiperspirant are two of the biggest culprits, and they are the best at penetrating into the skin, bloodstream, and endocrine system to do serious damage.
You apply shaving cream to warm, moist skin, so your pores are fully open. As you shave, you exfoliate away the top layer of skin, leaving fresh new skin exposed to the harsh chemicals. You’re also likely to get micro-cuts in your skin, where chemicals can enter your bloodstream.
Antiperspirant is especially dangerous because you apply it to an area with two major lymph glandsunder the skin. Chemicals can easily enter the bloodstream and interfere with hormonal functioning.
What’s in Shaving Cream and Antiperspirant?
What toxins are threatening you from the depths of your shaving cream can? What side effects could your daily application of antiperspirant cause? Have you ever actually looked at the label for yourself?
Although pressurized shaving cream no longer contains chlorofluorocarbons, most formulas still include plenty of chemicals which can negatively impact your health.
Here are just a few examples:
Ethanoalamines (TEA, DEA, MEA): These foaming agents, which can be readily absorbed into the skin, may disrupt hormones, and can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. They are also known skin and respiratory irritants.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: This chemical is an inexpensive and effective foaming agent. Itirritates the skin, is toxic to your organs, and is linked to cell mutation leading to cancer.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): This preservative was rated the 37th most toxic chemicalby the Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in 1992. It can cause skin, eye and lung irritation, hormone disruption, and is potentially carcinogenic.
The toxic ingredients in most antiperspirant formulas can have a big impact on the body. Here are some of the most harmful chemicals in antiperspirants:
Aluminum: You’ve no doubt heard of the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants. There is significant evidence linking this heavy metal to Alzheimers and breast cancer.
Triclosan: This antimicrobial chemical is a skin irritant, may disrupt thyroid function, and has been shown to affect other critical hormone systems. The American Medical Association advises that triclosan products not be used in the home, yet triclosan is still in many antiperspirants.
Talc: This soft mineral is used as an absorbent and color additive. If talc contains asbestiform fibers, it is highly carcinogenic. Brands are not required to say whether these fibers are present in the cosmetic grade talc they use, and cosmetic talc is totally unregulated.
Other Harmful Chemicals
Both antiperspirant and shaving cream often contain:
Parabens: Preservatives linked to breast cancer in women.
Glycols: Moisturizers that irritate the skin and may contribute to blood and kidney disease.
Parfum (Fragrances): Many of the chemicals used to make fragrances are untested, either in isolation or in combination. A few are associated with neurotoxicity and cancer.
It’s frightening what you can find in your bathroom cabinet! Why take the risk when there are safer alternatives readily available?
Keeping Safe from Harmful Chemicals in Cosmetics
The only way to keep yourself and your family safe from the toxins in cosmetics is to be vigilant about reading labels. Wherever you can, look for clean, nontoxic alternatives to products.
Finding replacements for antiperspirants and shaving cream should be a top priority, because they are both applied to sensitive skin and can easily enter the bloodstream.
There are lots of natural, organic brands that sell nontoxic, natural cosmetics, including deodorant and shaving cream, but don’t trust health claims that can’t be backed up.
Check ingredient labels yourself
Research brands’ philosophies, practices, and histories
Look for reputable third-party certifications
The more you educate yourself, the easier it will be to eliminate toxic cosmetics and other products. You’ll be able to look for products that aren’t just “not harmful,” but which truly promote the health of you and your family.
How to Use Noni Lavender Lotion as a Replacement:
My family has devoted itself to cultivating and sharing the power of Noni fruit, and we’re constantly amazed at the countless ways it can be used.
We recently found, from our family of customers and our own experimentation, that our Noni Lavender Lotion can be used as both an antiperspirant and a shaving lotion. Not only is it a chemical-free, organic replacement, but it actually nourishes the skin, soothes irritation and permanently improves its quality over time. As an added benefit research has shown noni pulp to contain collagen which is also anti-wrinkling.
Here’s how to use Noni Lavender Lotion:
As a Shaving Lotion
Apply a liberal coat of Noni Lavender Lotion to the skin to be shaved
Shave the skin as normal
Experience the smooth lubrication of the razor and the all-natural scent—who needs foam?
Rinse the area, apply a second coat of lotion, and let it dry or keep rubbing to exfoliate
Enjoy total freedom from post-shave stinging or razor burn
As an Antiperspirant
Apply a coat of Noni Lavender Lotion to the armpits
Let it dry, and enjoy all-natural relief from excessive sweating and odor
You can rest assured that the main ingredient noni is grown, processed, and shipped from our small, organic family farm. You can also look for yourself and see a short list of identifiable ingredients: Noni pulp, grapefruit seed extract, Lavender and water. The grapefruit seed extract is from a steamed extraction process not a chemical extraction process and the Lavender is a true organic French Lavender of the finest quality.