Day: May 10, 2017

Hazardous Chemicals in Skin Care Products

If you know that many makeup and skin care products contain hazardous toxins, dangerous petroleum products, and cancer-causing carcinogens, not to mention irritating fragrances, would you still use them? Studies have shown that more than 4.5 pounds of chemicals are absorbed by the average consumer through skin care products.

The European Union has identified and directed about 1100 chemicals from their skin care products but the US has only banned about a dozen. About 50 US companies have voluntarily agreed to use the European standards, including the major companies Revlon and L'Oreal. However, many companies have not agreed to follow the higher standards, including the major companies Avon, Proctor and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, Unilever, and Colgate Palmolive.

Let's look at some of the potentially harmful ingredients. Mineral oil is found in many products. It is derived from petroleum and forms an oily film on the skin to lock in moisture. However, it also locks in toxins and it prevails dry skin from receiving moisture. Also, it was listed by a Johns Hopkins study as the # 2 cause of aging.

Dioxane and formaldehyde are carcinogens found in many products such as lotions, shampoos, and hand soaps. These chemicals are not actually added to a product but are a by-product of many commonly used preservatives. They can be found in ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate and PEG-100 stearate. They are also considered as common skin irritants.

Methyl paraben is a highly toxic ingredient that is used to extend a product's shelf life and to inhibit microbial growth. However, it can cause dangerous allergic reactions and rashes. Also, parabens have been found in breast tumors. Look for this ingredient in body washes and cleansers

DEA and PABA are nitrosamine-forming agents which increase the risk of skin, liver, and kidney cancers. They can cause allergic reactions and irritate eyes. Sunscreens often contain these ingredients.

Antiperspirants and antiseptics often contain aluminum. This ingredient has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that is too large to penetrate the skin. In skin care products collagen is derived from animal skins and chicken feet. It is dangerous because the layer of film that it forms suffocates the skin.

Lanolin and kaolin are a couple of other ingredients that can smother and weakened the skin. Kaolin is a fine, white clay while linolin is a fatty substance extracted from wool. Lanolin can also cause skin rashes and allergic reactions.

Glycerin is a syrupy liquid produced by combining water and fat. On the skin it has the effect of drawing moisture from deeper layers of the skin and holding it on the surface. The result is that it dries the skin from the inside out.

Petrolatum and propylene glycol are similar to mineral oil in that they can prevent toxins from escaping from the skin and can prevent the skin from receiving moisture. Both can be strong skin irritants.

Alpha hydroxy acid helps the skin exfoliate damaged skin cells and healthy skin cells. …

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Kaiser Permanente Southern California Sponsors Mother-Daughter Program

The Kaiser Insurance company has always strived to bolster the communities they serve. This is why Kaiser Permanente Southern California is encouraging mothers and daughters to join up and pursue their higher education and career goals, which will benefit individuals, families and the community as a whole. The idea of helping the community is an important motive in the Kaiser Georgia, Ohio, Mid-Atlantic States, California, Colorado, Northwest and Hawaii networks, but it is especially significant in the Southern California communities where the organization got its start back in the 1940s. These efforts are part of a Kaiser Permanente Southern California educational outreach program, which recently hosted its 16th annual Mother and Daughter Learning Conference in Baldwin Park. The program was established in 1993 to encourage Latinas to focus on college and has had many success stories, such as Araceli Mata who joined with her mother with aspirations of pursuing a higher education and a career in law enforcement. They enrolled in the program the first year that Kaiser Insurance sponsored it and Ms. Mata has since gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnical University and establish a career as a police officer with the San Bernardino Police Department. Her efforts with the program have even gone full circle, as she has been volunteering with the Mother and Daughter Program for six years and plans to continue. There have been many success stories similar to this one as a result of the program. Those who have worked in the program believe it is the result of focusing on the rewards of attending college rather than focusing on the dangers and consequences of dropping out of high school, and the fact that mothers are actively involved in their daughter’s academic and career goals. Community programs like this can be found all across the nation, from Kaiser Georgia to Kaiser Northwest. The idea is that helping the communities Kaiser Insurance serves helps everyone live healthier and more productive lives, whether they are members of the health plan or not.…

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