Plenty of Reasons to Avoid Artificial Colors...
Toxicity of Synthetic Colors and Dyes
We wanted to talk about the wide use of synthetic colors and dyes
in today's skin and body care products as well as its extremely wide
use in colored cosmetics. We are going to outline some very good
reasons to avoid these artificial colors on anything that goes on your
skin below. These concerns are the very reason we formulate our
products to be 100% free of synthetic dyes and colors.
Perhaps the most famous and troubling issue with “FD&C”artificial colors is the one
known about the red food coloring that was also used in non-food products. It was
linked to cancer, asthma and allergies, ADD and other troubling health issues.
It was reformulated some time in the eighties due to health concerns. However there
are still lingering doubts about whether this dye (Red 40 specifically) is actually safe
and there are many who think this dye is still related to ADD and ADHD. Another dye
which goes by the name of yellow 5, along with several others have also been linked
to behavioral issues.
These dyes have actually been petitioned by consumer advocate groups to be
removed from circulation to no avail. They have already been banned in the EU for
safety concerns. This tells you that if you want to really be sure a product is safe,
completely avoid any product that has artificial dyes or colors in its ingredients label.
And remember, we are not just talking about avoiding these dyes in your food, but
also equally important is avoiding them in our topical skin and body products as well
since it all goes to the same place. That is our blood stream which is an excellent
transport system to all of our vital organs.
It is a requirement that artificial dyes be listed in the ingredient list. They can usually
be found under the name “FD&C”, and that will usually be one of the last ingredients
on the label. Many artificial colors are made of 20 or more chemicals to achieve the
color they desire.
The more exotic the color, the more likely you are exposing yourself to even more
chemical concoctions. The problem is, these artificial colors are often used in our
personal care and hygiene products.
They are used in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, skin care products, soaps and liquid
cleansers, toothpastes, mouthwash, astringents (toners), facial skin treatments,
deodorants – pretty much anything you’ve ever used on your body or as a hygienic
product many times contains a synthetic dye of some sort.
It may even be used to simply cover up any discoloration that may come with the
aging of the product, so it may not be obviously colored to the naked eye – that’s
where label reading comes in handy.
Synthetic colors may look pretty, but really they are something you want to stay away
from if at all possible – both in your foods and your personal care products. They are
often made from a substance called coal tar. Doesn’t sound too healthy, does it?
These substances often contain heavy metals to achieve their color, and they can add
to the already heavy toxic burden we are subjected to in this world. Studies
performed on animals have actually shown that most artificial colors are carcinogenic.
Other common ingredients used in synthetic dyes are petroleum and acetone – both
ingredients we expressly avoid in our natural skin care products due to numerous
health concerns. Quite simply “fake” colors just aren’t good for the human body.
There are of course some products that can be colored by using natural pigments,
such as brightly colored ground spices or root powders. Henna is also a common
Annatto powder, tumeric, alkanet and bayberry powder are just a few of the natural
plant derived powders that can naturally infuse color into body care products without
adding toxic chemicals.
|Read the informational
article to the right on why
artificial dyes are not
used in our products.
It All Started with the Red Food Dye Scare
Don't Just Avoid Artificial Dye in Your Foods, but also Personal Care Products
Bright or Deep Vibrant Colors are the Worst Toxic Offenders
Most Artificial Colors are Carcinogenic in Lab Animal Testing
Natural Coloring and Dye Alternatives