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argireline
where botox injections target specific muscles, argireline targets the entire face. this may actually increase facial sag because the neurotransmitters this drug inhibits are what's maintaining facial firmness
alcohol denat.
(denatured alcohol)
petrochemical by-product. can cause systemic eczematous contact dermatitis & chemical sensitivities
aluminum
a metal that can lead to Alzheimer's, breast cancer & lung disease
ammonium
a toxic carcinogenic chemical that can cause irritation to nose, eyes & lungs
benzoyl peroxide
chemical bleaching agent used in acne treatments, bar soap, facial cleansers, hair dyes & food additives; highly toxic & irritating to the skin
bha & bht
carcinogenic preservatives that encourage the breakdown of vitamins such as vitamin d, can cause lipid & cholesterol levels to increase
bismuth oxychloride
a synthetically prepared crystalline powder used in cosmetics as a filler & to bind the other ingredients, the powder has to be forced into the pores, resulting in clogged pores or irritated skin
bone black
(d&c black #3)
the fda determined that the color additive used in face powder, eye shadow & mascara safe despite noted low levels of potentially carcinogenic impurities present
carboxymethyl cellulose
(cellulose gum)
used in cosmetics as a thickening agent, carcinogenic, inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis
coal tar & lake dyes
look for cade tar or pine tar instead, low-level exposure is linked to cancer, allergic reactions, nausea, fatigue & skin problems
colorants (fd&c & other
coal tar dyes)
carcinogens, topical irritants, may cause acne & skin irritations, may contain aluminum, have caused tumors in rats, low-level exposure is linked to cancer
cocamidopropyl betaine
contains a significant petroleum component & can cause serious irritation & allergenic response
dea ingredients (all
ingredients with dea
after the first word)
chemical used as a thickening agent in cosmetics, highly toxic to the skin, immune & respiratory systems; carcinogenic
dimethicone (& other
methicone ingredients)
silicone emollient used in cosmetics which coats the skin & does not allow toxins out, may promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes
dioxin
powerful hormone disrupting chemical linked to cancer, nervous system disorders, miscarriages & birth deformity. stored in fat cells, contained in sulfates that provide foaming action
dmae
dimethylamineothanol
marketed as "face lift in a bottle", however, what it does is temporarily paralyze the small muscles of the face, making it seem lik wrinkles are less visible, no long term results of application are yet known
emulsifying waxes
(& the "fatty acids")
could be vegetable or petroleum based, combination of cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, PEG-150 stearate, & steareth-20, could cause endocrine disruption, developmental/reproductive toxicity & skin irritation
formaldehyde
highly toxic gas, suspected carcinogen & neurotoxin; may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, or inhaled
fragrance
highly allergenic, contains large quantities of toxins & chemicals not disclosed. fragrance-free means that fragrance chemicals have been added to the product to mask the natural aromas of the ingredients
glycerin
look for vegetable glycerin, glycerin without the vegetable qualifier usually means petrochemical
glycerol stearate
fatty acid primarily derived from animal fat & used as an emollient; linked to the creation of free radicals & prostaglandin inhibitors; can be a skin irritant, carcinogenic, & comedogenic
GMO/genetically
modified organism
when animals are force-fed GMOs, they developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. due to the lack of testing but almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products
grapefruit seed extract
synthetic preservatives triclosan, methyparaben & benzethonium chloride are usually added to preserve, however, companies do not have to list this ingredient since it is contained within the extract
hexane
very toxic solvent used to extract essential oils & botanicals
hydroabietyl alcohol
found in styling gel/lotions. unsafe for use in cosmetics
hydroquinone
toxic, irritant, banned in europe, can cause hyper-pigmentation, skin bleacher
imidazalidol urea
strong irritant, releases formaldehyde, toxic

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