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Let's dissect an ingredients list

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

I've been reading ingredients lists and labels for years. I have 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

Without mentioning the product name, they claimed it as a miracle solution for wrinkles. You've probably seen the Ads for those lotions that instantly remove lines from your face. It's a temporary fix and for the most part it works, but.....

The 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 from reputable sources.

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.

Infact, there has been a landmark case against the use of talc and you can read about it here:

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.

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