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Is There Danger Lurking in Your Anti-Aging Cream?
by Christine Farlow D. C.
The anti aging industry is booming. Aging baby boomers seem to be obsessed
with preserving their youthful look. Anti aging preparations claim to make you
look younger as you get older. But are the ingredients in these products safe?
Here are 10 ingredients to avoid in anti-aging preparations:
Propylene glycol is a strong irritant, a neurotoxin (toxic to the nervous
system) and may cause kidney and liver damage. It may cause delayed allergic
reactions, acne and contact dermatitis. It absorbs quickly and is a penetration
enhancer, i.e. it increases the absorption of other ingredients in the product
through the skin into the bloodstream.
Diazolidinyl urea is a skin irritant and a potential cause of dermatitis. It is
a formaldehyde releaser. Formaldehyde is a Group 1 carcinogen (known to cause
cancer) as determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Imidazolidinyl urea is a strong irritant. It causes contact dermatitis. It's
also a formaldehyde releaser. Phenoxyethanol is a skin and eye irritant with a
rose fragrance. It can cause contact dermatitis and is harmful if absorbed
through the skin.
DMDM hydantoin is another formaldehyde releaser. It may cause contact dermatitis
and has cause caused cancer in experimental animals.
Triethanolamine (TEA) is an irritant, a sensitizer and causes contact
dermatitis. It may cause the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in products
containing nitrogen compounds. It may also contain nitrosamine contaminants not
listed on the label.
Parabens (ethyl-, methyl-, butyl- and propylparaben) are endocrine disrupters.
They disturb the hormonal balance in the body. They are absorbed through the
skin and may irritate the skin. They have been found in breast cancer tumors,
but it is not known if they had a part in causing the tumors.
PEG-n (4-200) is an eye and skin irritant and is hazardous on large areas of the
body. It may be contaminated with dangerous levels of the carcinogen,
HGH is human growth hormone. Some prducts may contain HGH or ingredients that
stimulate the body to produce it's own HGH. Ironically, the hormones don't slow
the aging process, they just hide the symptoms. Animal studies have shown that
those animals which produce more growth hormone in old age have a shorter life
span, not longer. Studies have also shown that HGH causes carpal tunnel and
diabetes. And it has not been adequately tested.
Ultrasomes, keratinocyte growth factor and DNA enzyme complex are known
bioengineered ingredients that are used in some anti-aging products. The biotech
industry is not very open about bio-engineered or genetically modified
ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. They're not required to
identify ingredients that are bioengineered and they're not required to be
listed on the label. The safety of bioengineered ingredients has not been
Look for products with safe ingredients like aloe vera, essential oils, shea
butter, grape seed oil, emu oil, antioxidants like vitamins A,C and E, green tea
and Co-Q10. But also remember, it's more than just skin care. Slowing the aging
process involves eating a healthy diet with lots of healthy anti-oxidant rich
foods and enzymes, regular exercise, stress reduction and adequate rest. It's
vitally important to pay attention to your whole body, not just your skin.
Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C. has been researching ingredient safety since
1991. She is the author of three books, including the new, second edition of
DYING TO LOOK GOOD. To learn more about the safety of ingredients in your
cosmetics and personal care products, visit www.dyingtolookgood.com.