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Let's dissect an ingredients list

Updated: Apr 15, 2022

I've been reading ingredients lists and labels for years. I always wanted to find out more about what was in the product I was about to purchase, whether it was food, cleaning supplies, makeup, or lotions. I was on a quest to find products with natural and organic ingredients and that didn't have hidden or cleverly concealed nasty chemicals. Most of the time I was appalled with what I found.

Let's look at this one for example

I won't mention where this was from or on what product, suffice to say they claimed it as a miracle solution for wrinkles. First ingredient is really silicone. On a scale of 1-10 for being toxic, it's about a 3. According to Environment Canada, cyclopentasiloxane (also known as D5) has to potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms. It has been known to cause uterine tumours, harmful to the reproductive system as well as the nervous system.

Unfortunately in Canada, there are currently no restrictions on it's use in cosmetics. So we are left to either be blissfully unaware or be our own detectives at every turn. How important are those wrinkles now? And that's just the first ingredient.

Dimethicone is a siloxane which is also linked to hormone disruption and uterine cancer. I'm not making this up...feel free to google it. Then there's hydrogenated vegetable oil. If I know that I shouldn't be eating anything hydrogenated, then why would I apply it to my skin.

There are so many nasty ingredients in this list, I cannot believe it was passed. Parabens, Bht, and even talc! All cancer causing ingredients that we do not need to use. There are some ingredients that are fine, and some may argue that even the troublesome ones can be used in moderation. The issue becomes the repetitiveness of useage. When we apply this product and many others on a daily basis for decades, then yes, it's a problem.

I hope I've encouraged you to do your own research.