Author and Anti-Aging Expert Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
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How Toxic Are Your Skin Care Products? originally written and published by Dr.
you know that powerful toxins are hiding in many popular skin care products?
Here’s how to guarantee that the skin care products you choose are clean and
you hitting the wall between young and old? Then take a stand. I’ll help you
discover how to reverse the aging process, regain your energy, lose weight,
stop your hair from thinning, erase your wrinkles, and feel strong and
know what I always say: What goes on your skin also goes THROUGH your skin and
into your bloodstream. That’s a little scary, isn’t it? And it means that in
addition to thinking about what’s in your food, you need to think about what’s
in those skin care products you slather on so liberally.
in particular, I want to talk about soaps and creams. Most people simply grab
common brands of these at the grocery store, but that’s not a good idea because
there are nasty things hiding in many of them. For instance, grocery-store
soaps and creams frequently contain:
These are estrogen mimics that mess with your hormones and may increase your
risk of breast cancer.
These chemicals are endocrine disruptors that can throw your hormones out of
lauryl sulfate. This additive can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs. Worse
yet, it can bond with other common soap ingredients to become nitrosamine, a
(DEA): This foaming agent bonds with other chemicals in soaps to create a
powerful carcinogen called NDEA.
fragrances. “Fragrance” is an innocent-sounding word, but the aromas in soaps
and creams are often created by adding very toxic chemicals. And as for those
unnatural blues, greens, and purples—if you don’t trust artificial colors in
your food, don’t trust them in your soaps and cream, either.
great news is that today, you have choices—and you can choose not to buy soaps
and creams that contain toxins like these. In fact, stores like Whole Foods and
Sprouts, and online marketers like Amazon, now carry dozens and dozens of
brands billed as toxin-free.
it’s one thing to say that your products are non-toxic, and another thing to
prove it. And when it comes to calling soaps and skin creams safe, not everyone
is telling the truth. That’s why you need to do your homework.
thanks to the Skin Deep database created by the Environmental Working Group
(EWG), this is easy to do. In addition to rating skin care products from best
to worst, the EWG now offers a “verified” designation to manufacturers who go
above and beyond to create products are safe for you to use."
the soaps and creams categories, Dr. Kellyann lists
Sea Kelp Moisturizer as one of her top ten non-toxic skincare product:
addition to kelp, this moisturizer contains ingredients including red raspberry
seed oil, aloe vera, and anti-inflammatory aspen bark extract."
time you say no to toxic soaps and creams and choose clean versions like these
instead, you’ll lower your body burden of harmful chemicals. This is even more
crucial if you’re pregnant, because a number of chemicals in soaps are
especially dangerous to unborn children.
the way, if you’re currently using products labeled as safe and non-toxic,
check them out anyway. I was surprised to discover that a few popular brands
got poor ratings."
Kellyann Petrucci has been featured in many publications and TV shows including
The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, Good Morning America, Mind Body Green, The
Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and several other