Dangerous ingredients in cosmetics

Many make-up and hair and body care products contain toxic potentially carcinogenic chemicals that prolong their shelf life. Experts warn that they are chemicals whose long term, but also short-term use can cause heart disease, fatigue, memory loss, skin problems, cancer and numerous neurological diseases, reports Prevention.

It is extremely important to learn about the long-term health effects toxins can cause, especially in people who use cosmetics every day - explained Dr. John Salerno, founder Salerno Center in New York.

1. Phthalates

Phthalates enter the bloodstream and mimic the female hormone estrogen, disrupting the hormonal balance. Making the body to reduce or enhance the production of certain hormones, in men it decreases the testosterone levels, which causes problems with fertility.

Phthalates facilitate the entry of women into menopause. Women with a higher blood concentrations of phthalates entered the menopause 2,3 years before the others. Also, phthalates are associated with increased risk of breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, and infertility.

These petroleum products are used in perfumes, lipsticks, nail polishes and hair products, and in cosmetics which have indicated "fragrance" or "parfum".

2. Parabens

They are used as preservatives that prevent the formation of bacteria and fungi in make up. However, like phthalates, it mimics estrogen and stimulate the growth of tumor cells by altering genes.

Avoid parabens such as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben and isobutyl paraben, which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and can be found in deodorants, moisturizing creams and preparative cosmetics.

3. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is associated with cases of skin irritations and allergic reactions. It is classified as a human carcinogen by the standards of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Dangerous and carcinogenic formaldehyde protects against bacteria and acts as an antiseptic in shampoos, conditioners, creams, shaving cream, hair gel and skin milk. It appears under names such as imidazolidinyl urea, formalin and formalities. Irritates the airways, can to development of asthma, and is also responsible for the allergic skin reactions, dermatitis, dizziness, headache and eye problems.

4. Dibutyl phthalate

Is associated with infertility in men and malformations of the fetus. The carcinogenic chemical dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is an integral part of nail polish and prevents peeling. The European Commission has banned its use in 2004, but it is still used in the US. Entering directly into the bloodstream, experts say it is even more dangerous than the inhalation of paint fumes.

5. Sulphates

Most often contain 1,4-Dioxane, which has carcinogenic properties and removes natural oils from the skin which is why the skin dried and tight after washing. The most common cause for skin and eye irritation.

Sulfates are part of shampoos, toning cleanser and shower gels.

6. Toluene

It can cause problems with the breathing and the immune systems, nausea, while numerous studies have linked to some cancers. It is associated with developmental problems in the pregnancy. Toluene distillation of gasoline or a dry distillation of coal and used in the manufacture of varnishes and hair color, color thickens and to lengthen its shelf life.

7. Mineral oils

This petroleum product is used in moisturizing creams, conditioners, perfumes, lip balm and eye shadows. Effective retain moisture and can moisten the skin too much causing the face to dries out quickly if no cream is used.

8. propylene glycol or polyethylene glycol

Petroleum products including propylene glycol or polyethylene glycol are part of the deodorant, aftershave, hair gel, shampoo and cream. Just like mineral oils, they help in better retention of moisture in the skin, but also prevent the development of new skin cells. Irritate the skin and carcinogenic, and polyethylene glycol is used in the preparation of antifreeze.

9. Butyl hydroxy anisole (BHA)

BHA is an endocrine disruptor, which is listed as a possible carcinogen in the United States and banned in Europe.

Butyl hydroxy anisole (BHA) goes directly into the bloodstream and changes the endocrine system. Found in mascara, concealer, blushes and lip gloss.

10. 1,4-Dioxane

The International Agency for Research on Cancer describes it as a possible carcinogen. Sulfate byproduct 1,4-Dioxane is an integral part of shampoo and bath foam, but usually not listed on the label. Carcinogen and causes skin problems, cancer and malformations of children.