Personal care products are consumer goods used on a daily basis, for personal grooming, personal hygiene or for personal beauty. In recent years, personal care products have crossed over into the health and wellness market. Nowadays people spend more time to take care of their appearance and health. They also spend a lot of money to purchase and consume personal care products. Some people even go to the extent of hiring personal care assistants to do the job for them.
Some personal care products in the US contain hazardous substances that have been banned in various countries around the world. One of these substances is dioxane. Dioxane is an organic chemical compound which is known to cause cancer. The compound has been banned in the US because of its danger to human health.
Other ingredients that are commonly found in personal care products that are harmful to the skin include formaldehyde, which is an ingredient used to preserve natural body oils, and fragrance, which may cause allergic reactions to the user. Another commonly used chemical in a lotion or cream is fragrance. This is also considered to be a carcinogenic by many experts. Lotions or creams that contain alcohol or other chemicals can also cause irritation to the skin.
Most personal care products also contain some type of moisturizer. Some use natural oils such as olive oil or coconut oil, whereas others use petroleum based moisturizers. Petrolatum is a commonly used moisturizer in skin care products. Mineral oils such as liquid paraffin and liquid petrolatum are not only ineffective as moisturizers but they are also considered to be irritants by leading dermatologists. Other types of moisturizers are commonly used as paraffin, petrolatum, and liquid paraffin wax.
Phthalates and phthalates are a relatively new pair of ingredients that have been used in personal care products. Phthalates are considered to be toxic to the human body. They have been linked to cancer and developmental problems in animals. Phthalates are commonly used as preservatives, however, they are unnecessary for healthy products. By using plant based ingredients instead, there is no need to use these toxic chemical ingredients.
One of the most common chemicals used as an ingredient in personal care products is sodium laureth sulphate. This is commonly known as sodium lauryl sulphate. It is generally used as a foaming agent in toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and even condoms. In the US, it is not mandatory for these chemicals to be listed on ingredient labels. Only two states require companies to list them, these being California and New York.
Many individuals have learned to spot the chemicals commonly used as ingredients in personal care products, such as sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate. Other chemicals commonly used include the parabens found in shampoos and conditioners, the phthalates, which are a synthetic version of the hormone lecithin, and the triclosan, which are a synthetic version of the grease-absorbing protein. While the majority of these chemicals have been shown to be toxic to humans, research is currently being conducted to determine exactly how these chemicals affect human development and health.
If consumers wish to help reduce the exposure to dangerous chemicals in personal care products, they should not only focus their attention on the listed ingredients. There are also others that may not be listed on the product packaging. For example, many cosmetics companies would include parabens in their products. Parabens are a cheap, synthetic preservative that has been linked to both an increased risk of cancer and development of breast tumors. The goal of a successful campaign would be to reduce the amount of these chemicals used.