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Health Hazards Lurking in Beauty Products

After my sister had her eyebrows waxed for the first time, she clutched her gorgeous but burning brows while fighting back tears. The wax wielding maniac (that’s how they always look anyway) assured her that it gets better and beauty is pain.

But what about real dangers like additives that can be harmful to your health. My niece is allergic to a dye that sends her gasping for breath. Upon researching dyes, I found that some red dyes were made from crushed up bugs. BUGS. I wondered what else might be lurking in the things were are putting in and on our bodies.

Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate – As I mentioned yesterday in Nail Polish No No’s, these are found in some nail polishes. The combo of chemicals can lead to cancer, asthma and birth defects. They are also accredited with causing damaged to your liver and kidneys. Currently, the toxic combo isn’t as common as it was pre—2007, but it is still out there.

Triclosan – This is found in many anti-bacterial soaps. Don’t discount body washes. It has been found in those too! Research hasn’t been completed, but scientists are finding that the ingredient seriously impairs muscle movement in mammals like mice and even fish. The FDA has put the ingredient “under review” but it is probably best to avoid it all together.

Dihydroxyacetone aka DHA – Spray tans. Yes, those urban legends you hear about spray tans being bad for you can be true. If your favorite self tanner has DHA you might want to retire it. The additive is approved by the FDA, but they still warn against inhaling the fumes. External use can damage cells and ultimately lead to cancer while inhaling the chemicals lines your lungs with the toxin.

Methylene Glycol – This additive is found in many hair products focused on straightening your strands. (Check out those new Keratin heavy treatments!) It becomes harmful when heated…say after using a blow dryer. It is an aqueous solution of Formaldehyde that turns into a gas when exposed to air and the process is literally fueled by your dryer. In The spring of 2011, a study found that 16 companies claimed to have “little to no” addition of the toxic additive. When tested ALL but 15 were found to have “significant amounts.”

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