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You don’t want to find fragrances in skin care products. Here’s why

We have previously talked about the risks to your health from fragrances in skin care products and a range of other personal and beauty products. Today we wanted to go into a little more depth about the health risks of fragrances.

Just to recap, there are thousands of fragrances present in so many of the personal products such as anti aging skin care products, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, deodorants and much more that virtually all of this use on our skin every single day.

Fragrances are chemicals, normally created in a lab, and the vast majority of them have never been tested for safety for use on people. So the health risks of many are simply unknown.

And in some cases the health risks are known, including neurotoxicity which can potentially lead to brain damage.

If you browse this page at the Cosmetics Database you’ll see a range of skin care and anti aging products listed there. In fact there are hundreds or possibly even thousands listed, however they can only fit so many on the page.

On the right you’ll see a coloured circle with a number in it. The number represents the score that the Cosmetics Database assigns to that product on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 represents no perceived health hazards from the use of the product and 10 represents maximum health risk found in many skin care products (though not all)!

Of course there is some fluidity in these results, because, as is normally noted in the results, there are some gaps in the data and some other reasons why it is impossible to give a perfect result.

Notwithstanding this we wouldn’t want be using a product that has a score of 8 or above, let alone 10. In fact we wouldn’t want to use a skin care product with any number beside it at all. Data gaps or not we would prefer to err on the side of caution.

Now let’s look at one of the particular products listed there. Click on the one second from the top, namely Home Skin Lab effective Wrink’less┬áThe Wrinkle Corrector. The page you are presented with details the particular ingredients which are considered a health risk, together with a summary of the potential health risks. Here’s an image of that page.Fragrances in Skin Care Products

What do you notice about the ingredients? The top listed ingredient with the highest score, marked with a red circle, is fragrance. Click on fragrance and you’ll find out more.

If you’ve read our previous page you will know that the chemical used as a fragrance is often not listed on the label. Scroll down and you will note the statement “Ingredient not fully labeled – identity unknown”.

Need we say more about the risks of fragrances in anti aging skin care products and wide range of other personal and beauty products. Anyone concerned about fragrances, or any one of dozens of other chemical ingredients found in these products should immediately start looking for alternatives.

And spend some time looking at some of the other antiaging products with a score of 10 and see how often “fragrance” is listed there.

As far as skin care products go the good news is that one small niche skin care company recognizes completely the risks of fragrances, along with many other chemical ingredients, and produces extremely high quality natural skin care products that do not contain any fragrances for this reason. They also do not contain any other chemical ingredients which may be suspect to your health.

Not only that but they work extremely well and come with a 90 day money back guarantee. You can’t ask for more than that.

So if this is the first time you’ve come across information about the risks of chemical fragrances in so many of your personal products it might be a good time to start finding out a little more, not just about the potential health risks of fragrances in so many of your personal products but the potential health risks of a wide range of other chemical ingredients found in so many of the products you may use every day.

Your health may just depend on it.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

The Cosmetic Safety Database is one of the best resources you have.

We’ve talked before about the Cosmetic Safety Database. It’s a website where you can search to see if any particular personal product or ingredient in a personal product, such as a skin care or anti aging product, is safe to use.

Today we’ve decided to put up a video for you to actually see how to do this. It’s not difficult but for some it might be a little daunting and so seeing it done is always the best way to get started yourself. Just follow the same process that you see in the video.

This is the first in a series of videos about how to use the Database. Over the next few days we’ll be adding more, telling you about how to search individual products as well as how to search individual product ingredients, and even product manufacturers.

As we say in the video however, you can’t rely on the results of a search 100%. There are always shades of gray in these things. There are always data gaps, meaning that all of the data is not available. And it’s astounding the number of new chemicals that are used in these types of products that haven’t been tested for human safety, so no one even knows if they are safe or not. That’s a data gap.

But it’s about the best place to start if you’re worried about the possible health risks of some personal products that you may be concerned about buying or may use now. Use the information as a starting point to more research, and if you see a score of 7 or above consider using a safer alternative unless you can see powerful reasons to stick with that particular product.

But for the moment the Cosmetic Safety Database is the best tool we’ve got to find out more about the possible health risks of so many personal products.

Enjoy the video, we hope you find it instructive.

Here’s the link to the Cosmetic Safety Database.

And if you’d like to find out which skin care products we consider to be both the safest, and the most effective, click here.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

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