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A few years ago, I started reading a lot of stuff about parabens and other chemicals in cosmetics. I love makeup and looking ‘finished’. Like many girls, I freaked out! Why would companies put cancer-causing chemicals in my foundation? Worse, it was in everything, including body lotion. These scary ingredients lurked in my lip balm, they were in my mascara! Really my mascara how could they.

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Chemicals In Cosmetics – Finding Affordable Safe Skin Care

Did I need to pay big bucks to get clean cosmetics [wait a minute I’m paying big bucks] or suffer from chemicals in cosmetics I wondered? It sent me on a mission to find something that made my skin care healthy and pretty at the same time.

First, I ran into a local pharmacist who created a great line of skin care after his wife developed breast cancer from the parabens and other chemicals in cosmetics. Yes, breast cancer; this is one of the high-risk areas for these cosmetic chemicals along with Leukemia.

I still often recommend these products, but I found something less expensive and vegan no less. Now I am certainly not a vegan, heck I couldn’t pass for a vegetarian but many of my clients follow these dietary styles. Finding solutions to problems is something everyone knows about me, I love to help.

So what are some of these other chemicals you may be asking, I know I was and surprised by the answers.

It’s Not Just Parabens In Skin Care

Skin CareMost people have heard of formaldehyde. It’s commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen and in 2011, the National Toxicology Program, an interagency program of the Department of Health and Human Services, named formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen in its 12th Report on Carcinogen.[1]

You can find formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in everyday house cleaning products and cosmetics. In beauty products, it falls under these names.

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Quaternium-15
  • Bronopol (2bromo2nitropropane1,3-diol )
  • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane
  • Hydroxymethylglycinate

There’s a rule of thumb I use when buying packaged foods that apply here too. If you can’t pronounce it, it can’t be healthy for you. I can’t pronounce any of these can you. If you can, they’re still bad for you.

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Finding Safer Skin Care

Chemicals in cosmeticsI felt it important to find a skin care line that met three desirables as I call them.

  1. No parabens or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals and low or no perfume.
  2. Plant based, containing things like pineapple enzymes or blue corn both often found in natural skin care products.
  3. Cost-effective cosmetics already cost a lot and I didn’t want to burden my clients or my wallet.

While I found many products online, I wanted something I could make available and use myself that’s when another local skin care line found it’s way into my home and office. It’s called Tao Skin Care.

It meets all three of my goals, chemical free, plant or food sourced, and vegan. That was quite a shock. Oh, did I mention they’re super affordable.Stop Putting Chemicals In My Cosmetics

It’s been almost a year now that I have used this skin care and feel it meets my ‘skin’ test where I can recommend it to others.

On my two visits to the company, I each product is made fresh when you place your order. How cool is that! With natural products, you wonder how long they ‘stay good’ she guarantees them for a full year. I found most things last about 6 or months but not 12 months so I haven’t worried about this.

Ordering is a breeze. You can select your products right from our website. We can only ship within the USA. We add shipping and handling when we confirm your order if it applies.

Facts about these things you should read

[1] http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes-prevention/risk-factors/cancer-causing-substances/formaldehyde/formaldehyde-fact-sheet

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