Even if they say they?re "natural" or "organic," the skin care products you?re using may be dangerous. Many of them contain a toxic byproduct from the manufacturing process. This process takes some of the harshness out of the products and makes them gentler to the skin. It?s not an ingredient, so the label won?t necessarily list it.
The problem is this chemical, 1,4-dioxane, could irritate your eyes and lungs. It may even damage your kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. And it causes cancer in animals. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, says it could be a carcinogen to humans, as well.
While the amounts in skin care products may be small, any amount of a carcinogen is potentially harmful. If you choose products that are organic and natural, you do so to avoid these types of contaminants.
You may be surprised at some of the brands that contain this toxic byproduct. They include shampoos and moisturizers from Jason Pure Natural & Organic, Giovanni Organic Cosmetics, Kiss My Face, and Nature?s Gate Organics. And many more.
In fact, many of these products labeled "organic" are not certified by the USDA?s Organic Program. If they were, it would guarantee they?re safe. If you want to know if your organic skin care products are really organic, make sure they?re USDA Certified. For a complete list of certified products, go to www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/DioxaneResults08.cfm. Safe products include Dr. Bronner?s, Terressentials, Aubrey Organics, Dr. Hauschka - and Z-Mei.
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When I heard about this contamination, I quickly contacted the chief chemist at Z-Mei. This is the company that makes the skin care products I use. He once owned the world?s largest natural skin care company. And he?s a stickler for any contaminants. In fact, he?s been a leader in the organic skin care industry. He regularly educates the public and product manufacturers on the subject of product purity. Z-Mei products are not only free from this particular toxin, they are some of the most natural, and safest skin care products you can ever hope to find.
So check out your personal care products at the above website, and make sure the ones you?re using are toxin-free. If not, you may want to give Z-Mei a try.
I?ve been using their cleansers and moisturizers on my face for several years. And the results have been exceptional. I?ve never had so many compliments on my skin before. If you?d like to try them, or get more information, click here
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