4 Common Toxic Ingredients In Products You Use Everyday

Did you know that the products you use every day are full of harmful chemicals? These ingredients can have a negative impact on your health and even cause long term damage. In this post, we're going to take a look at 4 common toxic ingredients found in plastic loofahs and the products you use with them, like shower gel, that are harmful for the skin, your health, and the earth.

Color Additives Color additives might seem harmless and make products pretty, but the truth is they can cause skin irritation, inflammation, breakouts, and allergic reactions. If you have sensitive skin, it's especially crucial to avoid these chemicals. Color additives also contribute to global issues - 80% of Mica, one of the key ingredients used in cosmetic coloring, comes from slave labor. 

Phthalates Phthalates are found in products like  body scrubs, soap and shampoo. They cause estrogen disruption which has been linked to reproductive problems. On top of that, phthalates have been shown to mimic the hormone which causes a higher risk for obesity and diabetes. Consistently breathing in these products (think hot, steamy showers) can cause throat and lung irritation as well. 

Flame retardants We all want to keep our babies safe. But it’s important to realize that Flame Retardants often found in baby products are quite harmful. The skin is the largest organ on our body, and it is permeable. According to the Environmental Working Group, “flame retardants have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption, as well as deficits in motor skills, attention and IQ in children.” Because of their usage, these compounds are now found in people, air, plants, and animals all around the world.

Bisphenols Bisphenol A (or BPA) is a chemical found in plastics. It has been banned from baby products, but the FDA has yet to ban it completely. This harmful ingredient can cause all sorts of health problems including behavioral impairment, cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, thyroid and sex hormone disruption and changes in the DNA that may be transmitted to future generations.

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