Cosmetics Contain Carcinogenics and Other Toxins: There Are Enough Environmental Toxins; Why Add More To Your Body?

Most, if not all, commercial cosmetics contain a variety of harmful, even carcinogenic ingredients. The skin, your largest organ, absorbs these toxins directly into your bloodstream and lymph system.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and author of Toxic Beauty, took on Avon in November. He openly challenged Avon on the toxicity of their products by listing them in response to Avon’s New York Times promotional campaign.

Why Avon?

Avon is probably the largest distributor of cosmetics internationally. Their decades-long successful campaign of home based distributors on local levels throughout the world has created a vast network of repeat customers, some of whom then become distributors also. So with their lower marketing overhead, they have been able to price their products better than most of the competition. Avon calling!

What got Dr. Epstein’s dander up was the fact that Avon had announced a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to be involved with a computerized research project for tracking breast cancer to help determine causation. He’s all for the project. But he feels it would be hypocritical unless Avon responded favorably to his challenge.

His challenge was to remove all the toxic materials from their products. And he listed them by product names along with the specific chemicals and what their dangers are. It was a rather long list. But although Avon caught his attention with their announcement of the NCI partnership and their large New York Times advertisement, they are certainly not the only cosmetic manufacturer guilty of using toxic materials in their products.

Beyond Avon

The various toxic chemicals in most sold cosmetics create long term estrogenic imbalances. These can lead to other even more serious health problems, such as cancer. The most prevalent toxin in virtually all cosmetics, including deodorants, are parabens. Parabens are estrogen mimickers that are easily absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.

Parabens directly affect hormonal balance by disrupting normal estrogen distribution. A decade of research has determined that parabens are carcinogenic with long term exposure. The reason why they are so prevalent in cosmetics is because parabens have become the preservative of choice within the industry. Why? Because they are inexpensive and effective.

Aluminum is used in all common commercial underarm deodorants. Increasing your aluminum intake is inviting early Alzheimer’s, as aluminum is a toxin that has been linked to neurological degeneration. You can buy deodorants without aluminum in health food stores.

To avoid aluminum, parabens, and a host of other toxic chemicals, you should get all of your cosmetic products at health food or herbal outlets. If not available locally, go on line and order. Simply Google “paraben free cosmetics” or “aluminum free deodorants.”

Cheaper Can Be Safer Too

Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda (not baking powder) mixed 50/50 with corn starch has been known to work as safe and effective deodorant. Essential oils, which can be expensive, are useful as perfumes and deodorants also.

To cut back on the essential oil expense, simply put a few drops of the essential oil into a spray bottle with alcohol or witch hazel and spray it on yourself where ever you want. This will spread out the essential oil consumption and help you spend less money.

If you stay with the toxic cosmetics at all, then lighten up those applications as much as possible.

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