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MOST MASS-PRODUCED cosmetics are packed full of synthetic ingredients, GMO’s and chemical additives many of which can cause sensitivity and toxicity.
MANY ‘NEW EVERY WEEK ‘wonder’ ingredients are regularly reported to damage the skin.
SOME CHEMICAL PERFUMES widely used in cosmetics are known to cause cancer in animals. These chemical toxins are absorbed via creams etc. into body tissue where they can accumulate and remain indefinitely.
EVERY YEAR over 100,000 tons of chemicals are incorporated into so-called ‘natural’ cosmetics, most of which are absorbed through the skin.
60 % of what we put on our skin is
absorbed into our bodies
OVER 99% OF ALL OILS used in cosmetics are either mineral oil by-products of the petro-chemical industry or chemically extracted and refined plant oils which have been bleached and deodorised (with their vitamins removed and sold on at high prices), producing denatured, odourless and almost completely nutritionless oils. Even most cold-pressed oils go on to be refined after extraction.
OVER 99% OF ALL PLANT PRODUCTS used in cosmetics are grown with chemical fertilisers and are sprayed with chemical herbicides and preticides, residues of which are found in non-organic natural ingredients. Many of these chemicals produce adverse changes in skin cells.
MORE PEOPLE are buying more skin-care products than ever before and more people are suffering sensitive skin problems and allergies than ever before.
DAILY APPLICATIONS of chemical cocktails found in most cosmetics, including so-called ‘naturals’ have been found to cause toxic overload which can impair the general health and vitality of otherwise healthy skin. Toxic overload has also been found responsible for numerous skin problems and allergies such as hyper-sensitivity, rashes, oiliness, blemishes, dryness, flaking, redness, blotching and other allergic reactions.
PESTICIDE RESIDUES, SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL INGREDIENTS,
ANIMAL DERIVED INGREDIENTS & GENETICALLY MODIFIED
INGREDIENTS IN COSMETICS & TOILETRIES
There are over 3,000 chemicals registered with the European Commission for use in cosmetics and toiletries. 15 or more are routinely included in any one product and are often the majority ingredients.
Every year over 100,000 tons of chemicals are incorporated into so-called 'natural' cosmetics which need legally contain only 1% of natural ingredients to be called natural.
Tests have shown that natural ingredients themselves, such as plant extracts and oils routinely contain residues of chemical pesticides, fungicides etc. that are above the official PRL (Permitted Residue Levels). Growers are regularly prosecuted for using illegal and harmful fungicides on crops. Also, many natural ingredients are derived from genetically modified sources.
Most of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Dr Mae-Wan Ho, lecturer in biology at the Open University pointed out that what we put on our skin may be even more crucial than what we eat. This is because the food we eat is detoxified by the liver. Being absorbed through the skin and by-passing the liver, toxic elements in skin products pass directly into the blood stream without having been filtered out through the liver.
Over time our bodies will have absorbed a substantial quantity of these synthetic chemicals, some of which accumulate in the cells where they can remain indefinitely producing adverse changes in cell structure.
A perfume can consist of several hundred chemicals, including many of the most common allergens, yet need only be described as 'fragrance' or ‘parfum’ in the ingredients listings on the back of cosmetic jars and bottles.
Some of these chemicals can accumulate in body tissue and remain indefinitely while others are known to cause cancer in animals. 10% of dermatological patients have allergies to synthetic perfume ingredients and Dermatologists are campaigning for a contents list from perfume manufacturers. The manufacturers consistently refuse to provide this information
are suspected of possible harmful effects including coal-tar dyes which are subject to
CHEMICAL UV FILTERS
can cause irritation, allergic reactions, eczema, eruptions, rashes and swelling. Doctors Simon and Hanson at the University of California discovered that a commonly used sunscreen, Trans-Urocanic Acid, could actually contribute to ageing of the skin and cancer.
such as mineral oils, petrolatum and paraffin are extremely cheap and common cosmetic ingredients. They block natural skin respiration, clog the pores and inhibit the skins ability to eliminate toxins. Even small doses of paraffin caused cancer in mice.
Many cosmetic emulsifiers are derived from genetically-modified sources. Some are irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. The emulsifier Amino Methyl Propanol is also used in industrial cleaning compounds.
MOISTURISERS AND HUMECTANTS
Many moisturisers and humectants are derived from genetically modified sources. Others are highly toxic.
Diethylene Glycol is toxic if taken internally. Propylene glycol (1, 2 Propanediol) produces liver and kidney damage if taken internally and was found to cause cancer in rats. It is also used as an industrial anti-freeze.
The frequently used solvent Isopropyl Alcohol can be fatal if taken internally.
ANIMAL FATS, OILS AND DERIVATIVES
Fatty and oily substances such as lacto (milk) derived ingredients; lanolin from the oil glands of sheep (known to cause eczema and blackheads); tallow (bovine fat) and tallow derived ingredients such as dihydro-tallow and dihydroxethyl-tallow; hydrogenated lard and lard glycerides etc. are widely used in cosmetics.
These fatty substances have been found to contain residues of various pesticides, routinely used vetinary drugs and artificial growth hormones such as Recombinant Bovine Sornatropin (rBST) and Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) all of which tend to get concentrated in animal fat, and thereafter, in the fat of human users. Also, animals injected with rBST suffer increased rates of infections which require heavily increased antibiotic treatments.
Residues of these antibiotics are found in milk, milk fat, tallow and other animal fats used for cosmetic as well as food purposes, leading to increased risk of anti-biotic resistant infections among users. A report for the European Commission stated that high levels of IFG-1 are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
Some other commonly used slaughter-house cosmetic ingredients are elastin from animal protein; animal-fat derived glycerin; glycogen (an animal liver starch); sterol, cholesterin and collagen, all derived from animal tissue; hyaluronic-acid from cocks combs; gelatin from animal skin, tendons, ligaments and bones; glyco-protein from bovine whey; keratin from animal horns, hoofs and feathers; reticulan from animal skin; mammarian hydrolistate derived from cows udders; mammalian spleen extract and protein; and spinal cord extract and oil.
Other permitted cosmetic ingredients are umbilical cord and placental extracts which are usually obtained from far-eastern abortion clinics.
Some chemical preservatives are potential health-hazards. Sodium Dehydroacetate and Thimerosal are toxic if taken internally.
American studies reveal that parabens and formaldehyde releasing preservatives to be suspected carcinogens.
Diethanolarnine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) though not in themselves carcinogenic, can cause a chemical reaction during formulation which creates nitrosamines, most of which have been shown to be carcinogenic. Several commonly used preservatives such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and 2-Bromo-2 Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol are all irritants to skin, eyes and mucous membranes.
The word 'pesticide' covers a wide range of chemicals used to control various pests or diseases and includes insecticides (used to kill insects), herbicides (used to kill weeds), fungicides (used to kill fungus and moulds), acaricides (used to kill mites), molluscicides (used to kill slugs and snails), nematicides (used to kill eelworms) and rodenticides (used to kill rats and mice). Also commonly used are fumigants, defoliants, insect repellents and attractants and insect and plant growth regulators.
A great many of these chemicals are sprayed on herbal and oil bearing crops grown for the cosmetics and toiletries industry.
Firstly the seeds can be treated prior to planting, and then the growing crops routinely receive several sprayings often followed by additional post-harvest pesticide and fungicide treatments.
Some crops routinely receive between 9 and 24 different chemical treatments, residues of which are permitted to remain in or on non-organic crops grown for food, pharmaceutical or cosmetic purposes. These residues are often found to be above the official Permitted Residue Levels.
A report from the WPPR (Working Party on Pesticide Residues) stated that most oil bearing nuts and seeds were found to contain pesticide residues. The Organochlorine pesticides such as Aldrin, Dieldrin and Endrin pesticides in non organic plant oils can accumulate in the body fat of humans. OC's have been linked to cancer and reproductive disorders. Once present in body fat they can persist for a lifetime.
Lindane is widely used as aseed treatment and on oil and herbal crops. It is included in the ED Black List of pesticides considered to be among the most dangerous in the world. It is one of the most common pesticide residues detected. Lindane is an endocrine disrupter and is linked to breast cancer and anaemia.
Lindane is also known to penetrate the placenta barrier and there is thought to be a risk with abnormal foetal development. Other suspected side-effects include growth retardation, damage to the nervous system and liver and immune-system suppression.
The Swedish Minister of Health said of Lindane "Its effects on the environment and human health are unacceptable". Tests have shown that the pesticide gluphosinate can cause birth defects. Dr. Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritius of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario said “The failure of independent government regulators to fully and truthfully report studies showing gluphosinate to be teratogenic (causing birth defects) should be investigated”
Exceeding the permitted Maximum Residue Level is common. Over one hundred experimental studies have shown that long term and continual pesticide absorption can alter and suppress normal immune-system responses, and may increase the severity of viral illnesses. Further recognised studies reveal that nearly one third of pesticides are suspect cancer agents. Another third may disrupt the human nervous system and others may interfere with hormonal balance. These findings are reaffirmed by the WRI (World Resources Institute).
GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS
In April 1977 the European Parliament expressed the fear that GMO’s might weaken the effect of some medicines on the human body. In May 1999 the British Medical Association announced that GMO’s could pose serious risks to human health and have 'irreversible' effects on the environment.
Genetically-modified plants are grown for the cosmetics industry as well as for food and for
animal feedstuff. Some widely used cosmetic ingredients derived from GMO sources include glysine soja (Soya oil); zea mays (corn and maize oils); brassica oleifera (rape seed oil); cotton-seed oil; canola and behenic acid (both from rape-seed); iodized corn protein and hydroxypropyl cornstarch (both from maize); soyamide DEA and lecithin (both from soya); and xanthum gum (from corn-sugar). Many cosmetic emulsifiers and humectants are also derived from genetically modified plant-based ingredients. Genetically-alltered crops grown for animal feed can lead to the possibility of GMO's in animal derived cosmetic ingredients. Friends of The Earth campaigner Pete Riley pointed out that genetically modified animal feed came into Britain unmarked and farmers had no idea if they were feeding it to their livestock. He also commented that the Government was not doing enough to prevent such crops being imported.
No government tests were carried out before allowing cosmetics and skin care products to be flooded with GMO's. Consumer Affairs Minister Mr Kim Howells admitted, "My department has made no assessment of the safety of cosmetics containing ingredients which may be derived from a genetically modified source". Experts from the Governments Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes have issued a warning about genetically modified plants being grown which contain a gene resistant to antibiotics which may be passed on to humans. It has also been shown that the growth of male rats is retarded by GMO soya. Of further concern is the routine additional inclusion of antibiotic genes into crops which have already been genetically altered. Doctors have warned that various infections are increasingly difficult to treat in people who are routinely exposed to these antibiotics. The results of independent scientific tests indicate that GMO's can lower the effectiveness of the immune system. Steve Jones, a leading geneticist, said that he could not predict the consequences of GMO's and microbiologist Dr John Heritage said of the effect of GMO's, "It's a huge concern to me ... the consequences of an untreatable, life-threatening infection spreading within the population are enormous".
TO SUM UP
Many cosmetics and toiletries including so-called 'naturals' and those from famous names and high street outlets contain a cocktail of chemical ingredients, GMO derived ingredients as well as pesticide, herbicide, chemical fertiliser and other chemical residues from various animal and vegetable sources, all of which can impair the general health and vitality of otherwise healthy skin.
More seriously, there is increasingly convincing evidence from recognised scientific sources that continual daily applications of these hazardous chemicals and noxious ingredients (often several applicationa a day over many years) pass directly into the bloodstream and into body cells creating a toxic overload that can carry potentially serious health risks.