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Skin Deep!

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Did you know that we absorb up to 60 percent of what we put on our skin? We want you to look and feel naturally beautiful and look out for your future wellbeing. At Clique Boudoir Photography we know that when you look good you feel great and when you feel great you look good! So we have provided a list of the top chemicals to avoid that are contained in many cosmetic ingredients that you should stop applying to your skin from this day forward.

Urea Examples: diazolindyl urea, imidazolindyl urea Common preservatives that release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, that is irritating to the mucous membranes and known to cause contact dermatitis, headaches and internal bleeding.

Parabens or any ingredient ending in paraben Hormone disruptor. Common preservatives that are linked to breast cancer. Commonly found in lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, sunscreen, make-up and baby wash.

Phthalates Commonly used as a plasticizer in everything from skincare, cosmetics nail polish, perfume to hair products and deodorants. Known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system.

Petroleum By-Products Examples: mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, dipropylene, glycol, butylene glycol, disodium EDTA, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium EDTA, polybutene, triclosan, polyethylene. Petroleum by-products interfere with the skin’s natural functions, clog the pores, exacerbates acne, and are highly likely to be contaminated with carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer.

Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, this chemical easily penetrates the skin and is linked to damage of the liver, kidneys and brain.

Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate Commonly used foaming agent that is considered a skin irritant and carcinogen, and is known to cause skin rashes and allergic reactions. SLS is absorbed into the body via skin application and mimics the activity of estrogen. This has a variety of health implications ranging from PMS, decreased fertility in men as well as an increase in cancers such as breast cancer in women. It is often disguised in “natural” products with the term “derived from coconut”. It is particularly irritating to the eyes. SLS is often contaminated with dioxane, a known carcinogen.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) These chemicals can react with other ingredients in the cosmetic product to form potent carcinogenic chemicals called nitrosamines, that are linked with liver, stomach, bladder and esophagus cancers.

Synthetic Colors Examples: FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Blue 1 Labeled FD&C or D&C followed by a number, they are known to cause skin irritation and sensitivity.

Mica Commonly found in mineral makeup, as well as eyeshadows, lip glosses and other cosmetics. Not only is mica linked to child labor, it irritates the skin by causing micro tears, especially around the nose and mouth. Mica may enhance fine lines and dry areas of the skin and has no beneficial properties for the skin.

Bottom line: ONLY PURCHASE COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE WITH AN FDA APPROVED LABEL THAT LIST THE DRUG FACTS. THESE LABELS ARE APPROVED THROUGH THE FDA AND WILL DO WHAT PROMISED ON LABEL FOR YOUR SKIN, HAIR & BODY.

For more information on cracking down on cosmetics go to: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Feds-Cracking-Down-on-Cosmetics-303814401.html

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