Makeup aimed at young girls found to contain ‘deadly poison’ – KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports
July 20, 2017
I just heard about a news story from Channel 10 this week that I wanted to share with everyone.
A kind of makeup aimed at girls and tweens has been found to contain asbestos, a deadly poison.Justice Stores, a national chain that sells girls’ apparel, has pulled the product out of stores and the web, and is conducting an investigation.WTVD in Durham, NC, gathered samples of makeup made for youngsters and teens and gave it to a lab in Greensboro, NC, to test for ingredients that were not on the label.Scientific Analytical Institute found four heavy metals in the makeup and asbestos in “Just Shine Shimmer Powder,” which was bought at Justice Stores.
Our skin absorbs up to 60 percent of what we put on it. As Alexandra Zissu says, “You’re eating fragrance, wearing fragrance, washing your hands with fragrance and even blowing your nose with fragrance.” The ingredient “fragrance,” which is entirely free of government oversight and safety regulations may include about 3,000 specific chemicals that can fall under the term fragrance so you have no way of knowing what’s going on your body, so the best way to know for sure that you aren’t being exposed to carcinogenic or chemicals that interfere with hormones is to avoid products with the ingredient “fragrance”.
This isn’t Justice’s first time to be investigated. The documentary Stink! also talks about an incident with Justice clothing, you may want to check it out.
Even if a chemical isn’t so harmful that it affects us right away, some bioaccumulate in the body, therefore taking their toll over time. When you’re dealing with chemicals that are carcinogenic, interfere with hormones, or are even toxic to your nervous system, the goal is to minimize exposure as much as possible.
As I always remind my patients, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it! Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s your body’s protective barrier against the outside world. Our skin can absorb much of what we put on it, so this means that harmful chemicals in body products, including those in sunscreens, can enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body, wreaking havoc on your immune and endocrine systems. This is crucial to think about when it comes to putting something on your child’s skin. Children are smaller in size, which means that their skin presents a larger surface area relative to their body weight for absorption of environmental substances. In addition, their endocrine system and in some cases, immune system, are still developing.
Like many body products, popular sunscreens contain an alarming number of toxins. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has their Guide to Sunscreens, which includes a list of which chemicals to look out for, and their top picks for the safest brands and products. They also put together a list of the worst scoring kids’ sunscreens. Banana Boat and Coppertone made the top of the list, but it was filled with other household brand names too. To make safe and educated buying decisions this season, check sunscreen labels for the most common and concerning ingredients below.
6 Toxins to Avoid in Sunscreen: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Retinyl Palmitate, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Parabens.
Safe Alternatives to Toxic Sunscreens are products with zinc oxide like KEYS Solar Rx Sunblock or Babo Botanicals.
There are millions of skin care products on the shelves, and thousands of ingredients are in those products. So where do we start without being overwhelmed? EWG has a database of common skin products and the potential harm they may cause. You may want to take a look of some of the products you use on a regular basis. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Skin products aren’t the only toxins that we can be exposed to. Your household cleaners are also notorious for containing toxins.
Where you live may be brimming with toxins. Your home environment quietly exposes you to compounds which affect your brain, skin, weight, and breasts.
Did you know a toxin called phthalates can damage your reproductive system and increase your risk for diabetes?
The toxins called perfluorinated chemicals are related to breast cancer and can cause kidney problems.
The attached infographic has ways to avoid these toxic results and how to reduce your exposure to these types of chemicals.
By reducing your exposure, your telomeres (the little aging time clocks on the tips of your chromosomes) stay healthy longer so your body doesn’t age before its time.