Posts Tagged ‘ harmful skin care products ’

#8 – Four More Harmful Chemicals in Skin Care Products

Jul 16th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

This series concludes today with a description of four more harmful chemicals found in skin care products, and some even in food.  These chemicals are found in the most expensive products, as well as the cheap ones you can buy at your local drug store, across the counter. Dibutyl phthalate:  DBP is used in nail [...]



#7–DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA–More Harmful Products

Jun 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

We all like that creamy, sudsy feeling we experience when we step in the shower and apply the body wash or cleanser we use.  The more our shampoos suds-up, the better it feels!  Well, Senior Friends, that sudsy stuff is diethanolamine.  And that chemical is both a health and environmental hazard.  The David Suzuki Foundation [...]



#5–More Harmful Chemicals–Sodium Laureth Sulfate

May 16th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

The harmful chemical we talk about today is Sodium Laureth Sulfate.  Most of us seniors enjoy the ‘clean’ feel we get when we use a skin care product that bubbles and foams and softens our skin.  SLS is a chemical in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers that makes the substance bubble and foam.  It is also [...]



#4–More Harmful Skin Care Chemicals–Formaldehyde

May 1st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

We all learned about formaldehyde when we took science courses in junior high and high school.  It is that nasty smelling stuff that preserves dead animals and insects for scientific study.  Well, guess what?  A lot of skin care products have chemicals that are designed to release formaldehyde.  And we’re putting that nasty stuff on [...]



#2–Harmful Chemicals in Skin Care Products: Petrolatum

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

The mission continues!!  Here’s the second in my series about potentially harmful chemicals in skin care products.  Petrolatum is mineral oil and petroleum distillates (the results of physically separating chemicals based on their properties; i.e., petroleum distillates are distinct chemicals that have been separated from the original petroleum).  So what’s the concern about putting some [...]