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Are you Putting Coal on Your Child’s Skin?

October 12th, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
Find out what chemicals are hiding in 80 percent of all skincare, beauty, and bath products and learn how to avoid them for your kids and your family.
Are you Putting Coal on Your Child’s Skin?

You may be aware of the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s dirty dozen of produce that are the top offenders in terms of pesticides, but did you also know there is a dirty dozen in beauty and bath products.

As David Suzuki says, “Some of the ingredients in beauty products aren’t pretty.” Of the 82,000 ingredients commonly used in personal care products in North America, one in eight are industrial chemicals including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Would you use a degreaser used to get grime off auto parts on your child’s skin? Well, if you’re using traditional personal care products, chances are that’s exactly what you’re doing.

The first step you can do to protect yourself and your family is to read labels and avoid any of the main offenders. The dirty dozen list of chemicals in skincare and beauty products includes:

  1. BHA and BHT
  2. Coal tar dyes
  3. DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA
  4. Dibutyl phthalate
  5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  6. Parabens
  7. Parfum
  8. PEGs
  9. Petrolatum
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Sodium laureth sulfate
  12.  Triclosan

For more details on these products you can download David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen Sustainable Shopper’s Guide with a list of ingredients to avoid.

The David Suzuki foundation recently conducted a survey to see how many of the dirty dozen ingredients Canadians are putting on their skin each day. The findings showed that 80 per cent of all skincare and beauty products have at least one of these toxic chemicals. With statistics like this, it’s no wonder cancer rates are on the rise. Be informed and make a pledge to choose safer beauty products.