Why am I talking about bath and beauty products on a food blog? Because according to some estimates, up to 60 percent of the personal care products you put on your skin are absorbed into your bloodstream. So you may as well be eating them.
If you strive to avoid toxic chemicals in your food, you may want to read the labels on the toiletries you use every day. Chances are your favorite brands of shampoo, deodorant, skin lotion, makeup, sunblock, and fragrance contain potential carcinogens and other hazardous substances.
Some common chemicals to watch out for:
Diethanolomine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA): linked to cancer and immune suppression
Parabens (methyl-, propyl-, butyl- and ethyl-): hormonal disruptors
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate: possible carcinogen, may cause allergic reactions
Propylene glycol (also called PEG): interferes with reproductive function
Even many so-called natural brands routinely use these chemicals. It turns out the word “natural” is even less regulated for personal care products than it is for food.
Visit SafeCosmetics.org to read more about chemical contaminants and why you should avoid slathering them on yourself on a daily basis. Then visit the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic safety database to see how your favorite products rate, and to find low-hazard substitutes.