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Body Care Products Loaded with Mercury and Toxins

Lisa Garber
December 14th, 2012
Updated 03/15/2013 at 4:30 am
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consumerproducts 260x162 Body Care Products Loaded with Mercury and ToxinsIt’s not just about what we eat or what pills we pop; human health is also affected by what we put on our bodies. Our skin is capable of absorbing a great deal of anything we slather on it. In the case of users of mainstream cosmetics and personal care products, that means we regularly soak up cancer-linked sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates associated with reproductive disorders, and mercury. Some products, like skin whitening cream, have been spotted with up to 300,000 parts per million of mercury, a known poison.

Mercury, however, has been banned in such products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The following chemicals are banned in the European Union, Central America, and/or Japan, but, as you can see, are readily available on the shelves of those countries and the United States.

Phthalates, found in nail polish, hair products, body lotions, and deodorants, can result in endocrine disruption, birth defects, premature developments, lowered sperm count, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancers of the lung, liver, and kidney.

Sodium/Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates, found in dental and shower products, is a suspected carcinogen linked to kidney and liver damage, nervous system and vision damage, and dermatitis.

Parabens are known hormone diruptors linked to breast cancer, and are found in shower and styling products, deodorants, lotions, creams, mascara, concealers and foundations, and sunscreen.

Formaldehyde and related chemicals are known human carcinogens, and they still appear in shower products, nail polish, antiseptic products, dental products, deodorants and antiperspirants, skin lotions, mascara, and make-up remover.

Propylene/Butylene Glycol (PG) have been linked to brain damage and abnormalities, kidney and liver disorders, and disruption of the nervous system. They are still found in deodorants, body lotions and washes, hair and skin care products, and lipstick.  (Ick, they’re even found in fast food.)

Living with Chemicals

It might also have come to your attention that an awful lot of these products are used by all sexes, but in particular by women (lipstick, mascara, foundation, etc.). Women generally put over 500 chemicals on their bodies daily through the use of these very products, where the chemicals are absorbed by the skin into the blood stream.

The speed and amount absorbed depends on the length and degree of exposure as well as the composition of the ingredient itself (molecule size and solubility, for example), but why take the chance? That’s been the motto of many consumers who have switched to “natural” and “organic” products, but many are the victims of greenwashing and unknowingly continue to poison their skin and their bodies with each use.

Equally vexing is that the very water we bathe in—not just drink!—is also absorbed to a degree into our bodies through skin absorption. Polluted tap water evaporates at high temperatures, releasing harmful gases for us to inhale, too. Thankfully, a good quality shower filter can help correct the problem.

Homemade Natural Remedies Can Work

What’s truly unfortunate about our era is that corporations using questionable—if not downright poisonous—ingredients in merchandise have, through ubiquitous advertising, allowed us to forget that nature provides answers for many health woes. Honey, for example, can help cure myriad skincare woes ranging from dry skin to acne, scars to psoriasis. White or apple cider vinegar and water can clean just about any surface of your shower or house. Vegetable-based soap and warm water can clean your hands well enough without the aid of synthetic antiseptics or antibacterial aids.

If you’re wondering if your products are doing more to harm your body than help, check out the Skin Deep Safe Cosmetics Database, an Environmental Working Group campaign. There are undoubtedly other health hazards in your home that you can remedy, and you can even take in a few air purifying plants to help clean up your home of indoor air pollution.

Additional Sources:

Natural News

Green Living Online

Personal Care Truth

Organic Consumers Association

Chicago Tribune

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  • Amor Skincare

    IT IS frightening. The authorities must keep an eye of them

  • Hair extensions

    Thanks a lot for valuable information. I'm pleased to learn that body care products are loaded with Mercury and Mega toxins and to aware people about such risk, I'll definitely allocate this post with others.

  • opi nail polish

    It is a matter of great sadness that body care products loaded with Mercury and Toxins. We all the people whose are using body care products regularly should alert about their using products. Thanks dude.

  • Rebecca

    This is good information. People don't realize how many toxins they are exposed to on a daily basis. When I talk to my customers, I ask them about their lifestyle, their eating habits, etc. Most of them say "I eat healthy and take care of myself, why am I feeling so sick all the time" and when I delve further into what they REALLY eat and put on their bodies, that is a lot of accumulated toxins!

  • albert w loescher

    Ignore any mouse, Kala.

    albert, www

  • kala

    see this is why i use baking soda and viniger, i do not use any helth care products at all no tooth paste no soap no face wash shampoo or conditioner, no mouth wash, and soon i will be using no more laundry detergent and making my own, the only thing i use is toms from main deoderant with no aluminum,, by the way is it actually ok for yu?

    • Anonymous

      you also can't spell kala

    • monica

      for laundry detergent you can use soap nuts . from 5-10 nuts for a load ( 2 or 3 times). no smel , not verry good for steins , but its natural, and healty , for smell i put few drops of lavandar oil on the bag that is holding the nuts.