Toxic Chemicals in Our Daily Products

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  • Toxic chemicals in our daily products: According to a recent report in The Guardian based on extensive research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an average woman uses 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day while the average man uses six products daily with 85 unique ingredients. Although many of these chemicals might be harmless, others might be endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins. The following chemicals are recommended to avoid, so read product labels next time you shop. 1.Soap: avoid triclosan and triclocarban; 2. Skin moisturizers and lip products: avoid retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol in daytime products; 3. Hand sanitizers: pick ethanol or ethyl alcohol in at least 60 percent alcohol; 4.Sunscreen: avoid products with SPF above 50, retinyl palmitate, aerosol spray and powder sunscreen, oxybenzone, added insect repellent. Look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients, otherwise Avobenzone (at 3 percent), SPF 15 to 50; 5.Hair Care: avoid or limit dark permanent hair dyes, chemical hair straighteners; 6. Toothpaste: avoid triclosan; 7.Nails: avoid formaldehyde or formalin in polish, hardeners or other nail products. Toluene and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in polish. If pregnant, avoid nail polish completely. Other important tips particularly for women: 1. Anti-aging products: avoid alpha and beta hydroxy acids-lactic and glycolic acids; 2.Hair dye: minimize use of dark permanent colors, 3.Skin lighteners: avoid products with hydroquinone, mercury, calomel, mercurio and mercurio chloride; 4. Hair straighteners: better to avoid completely or at least avoid those containing keratin. For more info about this report including specific products for teens, tweens and men, go to the original article on Care2 or The Guardian. 
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