Hygiene, cosmetic and cleaning products

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Hygiene, cosmetic and cleaning products

HEALTHY PRACTICES FOR LIVING AND BREATHING IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, FREE OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES FOR HEALTH

The standard hygiene products may contain toxic substances for health.

It is advisable to read carefully the product labels of all the products we normally use for personal care, cosmetics, cooking utensils, etc. The products we can highlight are bath gel, shampoo, body lotions, moisturizers, lipsticks, aftershaves, toothpaste, glass cleaner, washing-uP liquids, laundry detergent, etc. It is important to know this products to reduce their use.

PRODUCTS TO AVOID

· Ammonia

· Lye

It is extremely important to avoid mixing lye and ammonia, what produces a toxic gas called chloramine.

SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

PHTHALATES: DEHP, D3P, DIBUTYL, PHTHALATE, BIPHTALATE

There are substances added to plastics, in order to increase their flexibility, and also used as solvents in perfumery and pesticides. They are hormone disruptors, that can result in an injury, for example, in the reproductive system, thyroid disorders, infertility, alterations in children development, teratogenic alterations, hormono-dependent cancers, etc.

SYNTHETIC MUSK (POLICLINIC MUSK OR NITROMUSKS)

They are used, especially, in the perfume industry. They can caused disorders in the central nervous system, on the DNA of the sperm, hormone, respiratory and urinary system, skin and hormono-dependent cancer.

DEA: DIETHANOLAMINE

They are used in cosmetic manufacturing, insecticides and herbicides, automotive liquids additives, in water treatment processes and natural gas purification. It can caused skin lesions and serious eye injuries and it is related to liver and kidney cancer.

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SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE

Used in pharmaceutical formulations, shampoos, skin cleanser, toothpaste, detergents of the textil industry and in injectable experiments in laboratory animals. It can causes irritation in skin, eyes, mucus membranes, upper respiratory tract and stomach.

CHLORHEXIDINE

Antiseptic substance widely used in odontology, hand creams and soaps. However, it can cause injuries in the middle ear, cornea, hives, angiodema and anaphylaxis.

PHENOL

Used in the production of synthetic resins, dyes, medicines, pesticides, synthetic tanning, aromatic substances, lubricating oils and solvents. It can produce damage in the respiratory tract and kidney, lung, central nervous system and skin injuries. It also has teratogenic and carcinogenic effects.

BISPHENOL A

It is common in plastics manufacturing used as packaging of food, drinks, baby bottles, silverwares and also like recovering of food containers. Bisphenol A interact with the hormone system affecting fertility, probably oncogenic.

FORMALDEHYDE

It is used as tissue fixative, disinfectant, embalming, in textile industry, cigarette industry, deodorants… It can cause respiratory, urinary and digestive disorders, vomiting, eye and skin irritation and cancer.

TRICLOSAN

It is used as antiseptic and in personal care products, washing-up liquid an other cleaning products. It is registered as pesticide, therefore has significant health risks and causes hormonal changes and genetic alterations.

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BROMINE

It is used, for example, in gold and silver mining, fuel additives and in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and dyes.

Furthermore, it can cause severe skin burns and respiratory, eye, glandular, cardiovascular and central nervous system alterations.

TITANIUM DIOXIDE

It is used as pigment for paints, bleaching agent, porcelain enamels opaques and also in the manufacturing of ceramic transducers.

We can find it as additive in many medicines, supplements, creams… It can produce lung disorders, eye and skin irritation, category 2 carcinogen.

IODINE

Used products of the pharmaceutical industry, photographic industry, dyes industry, as radiocontrast agent and as radioactive product. However, it can produce glandular, skin, teratogenic, carcinogenic alterations and anaphylaxis.

CHLORINE

Chloroorganic compounds, used as water disinfectant, cleaning products, oxidant in textile and paper industry. It can produce reproductive, immune and glandular system deficiency, and also gastric chronic disorders and oncology disorders.

FLUORIDE

It is used in odontology, toothpaste, teflon and aluminium manufacturing and semi-conductor production, etc. Fluoride is serious in patients with kidney failure and can produce gastric lesions, dental enamel damage, bones injuries central nervous system damages.

MERCURY

Used in dental amalgam, gold and silver mining, manufacturing of mirrors, thermometers, tensiometers, fluorescent lamps, turbine engine, explosive industry, and also as medicinal antiseptic. It can cause skin and eye lesions, severe central nervous system damage, and also respiratory, urinary and hearing system damage.

TALC

Used, for example, as stuffing to make paper, lacquers, paints, ceramic industry, as an additive in rubber and plastic, cosmetic industry and food. The use of talc in the genital area is related to ovarian cancer.

EDTA

Used as chelating agent and precipitator of heavy metals, as drug and in odontology. It can produce eye irritation and respiratoty, digestive and skin injuries.

PERFUMES AND FRAGRANCES

Aside from the well-known toxics used perfumes and fragrances, there are a series of chemicals, that are not specified, like nitrosamines (despite being carcinogenic) and others, which effects are still unknown. A large part of the fragrances are hormone disrupters.

PEG POLIETILENGLICOL, PROPILENGLICOL AND THEIR DERIVATES

Used in the pharmaceutical industry and in various cleaning products. They can cause skin lesions, in kidneys and liver and hormonal disorders.

DMDM HYDANTOIN

Used in cosmetic products, fungicide. It is a carcinogenic preservative that irritates the mucous and cause allergies and premature ageing.

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PETROLEUM PRODUCTS

Mineral oils, paraffins, petrolatum, dimethicone, microcrystalline wax, silicones, glycerins, etc.

Used in cosmetics, however, they can cause skin alterations, because they clog the pores, impeding the transpiration. They produce allergies, acnes, difficulties to remove toxins, accumulate in liver, kydneys and lymph nodes.

PARABENS

Used in cosmetics, deodorants, creams, baby products and food additives. They are hormonal disrupters, associated to infertility, thyroid alterations, endometriosis, hormone-dependent cancers and they can also cause allergic reactions.

ALUMINIUM SALTS

We can find them in deodorants, cosmetics and drugs. They cover the sweat glands producing eczemas and skin lesions. An overload of aluminium in the body can cause disease in the nervous system.

TRICHLOROETHYLENE, PERCHLOROETHYLENE, TETRACHLOROETHYLENE

Used as solvents to clean metals, as ingredients in adhesives, to remove paints, in the tippex and in the dry cleaning clothes. They produce alterations in nervous, liver and lung systems, and they are carcinogenic of group 2.

PERMETHRIN

It is one of the most known pyrethroids. It is used as insecticide. It can cause a reduction in lactation time, alterations in reproductive, immune, hormonal and neurological systems and is potencially carcinogenic. It can also produce a strong environmental impact.

KETONES

Used as solvents in surface coatings with resins, in adhesive ink and dyes preparation, in the chemical industry and methacrylate manufacturing. They can produce depression in the central nervous system, in the airways, liver and conjunctive.

ORGANOPHOSPHATE INSECTICIDES, CARBAMATES AND PYRETHROIDS

Produce alterations in the nervous system, kidney and liver damage and hormone disruptors. However, some of them have an extended use and are clasified as carcinogenic like, for example, glyphosate, parathion and tetrachlorvinfos.

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