The majority of cosmetics found in retail stores contain dangerous chemicals; some of this is known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and can even have neurotoxic effects. The David Suzuki Foundation found that 12 of these chemicals were the most troublesome, and refers to them as the ‘Dirty Dozen’.
One study found that the average consumer’s collection of cosmetic products contains at least one item that’s 80% of the chemicals in the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list!
1. BHA & BHT: This is found mainly in moisturizers and makeup as a preservative. They’re also endocrine disruptors and has been found to cause cancer (BHA).
2. Coal Tar Dyes: This dyes have the potential to cause cancer and may contaminate the brain with heavy metals. Look to p-phenylenediamine in hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits. The U.S. color name may too be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”).
3. DEA: Applied in creamy and foaming products, like moisturizers and shampoos. Them can form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Make sure to look out for related chemicals, MEA and TEA.
4. Dibutyl phthalate: Applied as a plasticizer in nail-care products. It’s too a suspected endocrine disruptor and a danger to the reproductive system.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: This is used in a variety of cosmetics, and slowly releases small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. Look out for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15.
6. Parabens: Applied in various cosmetic products as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptor and can interfere with male reproductive functions.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance): Some mixture Parfum are a blanket term for fragrant ingredients used in different cosmetics even in products claiming to be “unscented.” A few fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma in people and have been linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
8. PEG compounds: Applied in many cosmetic creams. Them can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Keep a look out for ingredients that contain ‘eth’ in their name.
9. Petrolatum: Applied in hair products for added shine and as a moisture barrier in lip balms, lipsticks, and moisturizers. Petroleum products, as combined with polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (like in most creams), is very toxic and may cause cancer.
10. Siloxanes: Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” They’re used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisturize. It’s a suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxin.
11. Sodium laureth sulfate: Applied in foaming cosmetics, them can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and a different ingredients on the letters “eth” like, sodium laureth sulfate.
12. Triclosan: Applied in antibacterial cosmetics, like toothpaste, cleansers, and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
The Power Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil isn’t only one of the most amazing foods to eat, but to replace these dangerous chemical products! It’s a great natural moisturizer for all different skin types and it’s antioxidants get in great for fighting the aging of skin.
It is too fantastic for hair because the natural proteins found in coconuts help to strengthen, protect, and heal damaged hair. Lastly, it also has natural antibacterial properties, making it great for cleaning wounds naturally.
33 Surprising Ways To Use Coconut Oil
With all the natural health benefits of coconut oil, it’s no wonder that them can be wont to replace harmful products. Here’s a list of great ways you might not have thought you can use coconut oil!
1. Moisturizer: Like we mentioned before, coconut oil makes a great moisturizer. The best part? You can just rub it on your skin, as is!
2. Toothpaste: With its natural antibacterial properties, coconut oil makes a great alternative to toothpaste! Try these great recipe for an easy homemade coconut peppermint toothpaste!
3. Eye-makeup remover: Coconut oil is too great for removing your eye makeup. Just put a little on a cotton pad and remove your makeup- free of chemicals!
4. Hair serum: Coconut oil can do wonders for your hair! Its natural proteins help to strengthen and moisturize them.
5. Hair conditioner: You can use coconut oil on its own as a hair mask to help fight any damage to your hair, while keeping it smooth and silky!
6. Lip balm: Chapped lips? Coconut oil makes a great lip moisturizer to help soften and moisturize dry lips.
7. Sunscreen: Use coconut oil and other natural ingredients to make your very own sunscreen! Safe from parabens and other toxins, it’s a great alternative and healthy on your skin.
8. Self tanner: Would like to get that sunkissed look but don’t would like to make yourself susceptible to the dangers of radiation and toxins? Why do not you try this all natural self-tanner recipe!
9. Deodorant: Conventional deodorant is filled with toxins and aluminum, which has been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s! Try this great, all natural deodorant recipe with coconut oil, shea butter, and tea tree oil!
10. Lotion bar: Here’s a great recipe for a coconut oil lotion bar! It’s made with beeswax and a few essential oils so it’s great for dry, flaky skin and it smells great.
11. Stretch mark cream: First, there’s nothing wrong with stretch marks! But some people might not see them as is way others do. If that’s the case, these stretch mark cream is just what you need.
12. Anti-aging cream: The natural properties in coconut oil can actually help fight premature aging and lighten the look of age spots. Just rub a little on nightly before bed to keep your skin looking youthful!
13. Massage oil: Not only is coconut oil a great moisturizer, it’s also an excellent base for a massage oil! Simply mix a quarter cup of coconut oil with 30 drops of essential oil to make your massage even more relaxing.
14. Body scrub: This body scrub recipe is just as sweet for you as it is ingredients! Simply mix ½ cup organic raw sugar with ½ cup coconut oil, and add in some essential oils of your choice. Use 1 Tablespoon as needed in the shower, then rinse well to reveal soft, silky skin.
15. Mouthwash: Ever heard of oil pulling? We love using coconut oil because them tastes great and full of antibacterial properties to fight bacteria in the mouth.
16. Anti-dandruff treatment: Niucoco makes a great shampoo with coconut oil, green tea, and a handful by other great ingredients that leave your hair voluminous, and moisturized to fight those pesky flakes.
17. Shaving cream: These coconut oil shaving cream makes a great replacement for toxin filled shaving cream, plus it leaves your skin feeling real smooth!
18. Shaving lotion: And once you are done shaving, throw on another layer to protect any knicks you may have gotten and to keep your skin nice and moisturized.
19. For varicose veins: When applied topically, coconut oil can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
20. Cracked heels: This cracked heel salve uses coconut oil, magnesium flakes, essential oils, and more to heal and protect against cracked heels.
21. Cellulite cream: Coconut oil packs a double punch here. Include more coconut oil in your diet to help nourish your skin from the inside, as well as using it externally.
22. Nail cream: A great way to help your nails grow is with this great all-natural nail cream.
23. Body butter: This really easy recipe for whipped body butter uses coconut oil and your favorite essential oils for a great all over moisturizer.
24. Acne cream: It can also be used topically to help treat acne naturally! You can apply some coconut oil directly to the blemishes, or apply a coconut oil mask on your face for 20 minutes. Simply mix 5 Tablespoons of aloe vera juice, 2 teaspoons of raw honey, and 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil.
25. Makeup-Brush Cleaner: Cleaning your makeup brushes should be a monthly ritual. You can use a make your own cleanser that’s two parts natural, antibacterial soap and one part coconut oil.
26. Under-eye Cream: Dab coconut oil on under-eye bags and fine lines. It’s light enough for the most delicate skin on your face.
27. Itch Relief: You can soothe burns, bites, and rashes with a nice layer of coconut oil.
28: Night Cream. Apply coconut oil at night for maximum moisturizing benefits. The antioxidants are great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.
29. Lip Scrub: Mix a little organic raw sugar into your coconut oil for a soothing all natural lip scrub.
30. Foot Scrub: Use coconut oil in this magnesium foot scrub before bed to soothe dry feet and also get a boost of this relaxing mineral. Simply mix 1 cup of Epsom salt, 2 cups coconut oil, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
31. Shampoo Bar: Shampoo bars are great alternatives to regular shampoos, and it can be even used on your whole body.
32. Clay and Charcoal Facial Soap: This facial soap recipe uses the power of coconut oil, clay, and charcoal to help cleanse the skin on your face gently, while removing any impurities and toxins.
33. Teeth Whitening: Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic treatment that can be used to help remove bacteria and tooth stains. Simply swish coconut oil in your mouth for anywhere between 5-20 minutes on a regular basis.
Once you make the switch, you’ll be hooked, and your skin, hair, and health will thank you for it. Take these tips and share them with others who haven’t experienced the incredible powers of coconut oil!