By Jama Russano, Guest Blogger
How many issues related to your personal health are directly linked to the personal care products you use every day?
DermaQOL Personal Care products are speciﬁcally formulated from a select group of certiﬁed organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.
WHY DERMAQOL? BECAUSE INGREDIENTS MATTER – WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR BODY MATTERS!
Ninety percent of skin-care products on the market contain ingredients that can be carcinogenic, estrogenic, or teratogenic, with the potential for long-term serious neurological disorders and conditions. The use of Endocrine-disrupting xenoestrogenic chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), BHT, and BHA are commonly found in everyday personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, sunscreens, hand washing soaps, lining of canned foods, and ﬂame retardant clothing such as children’s pajama’s, to name a few.
Skin is the body’s largest organ; so everything we put on our skin can potentially end up in our bodies.
Because many carcinogens and nano-ingredients are absorbed through the skin they can bypass the liver, entering the bloodstream and the body organs without being detoxiﬁed,thus posing greater risk than food contaminated with the same substances. And children absorb 30-percent more chemicals than adults.
Xenoestrogens are hormone disruptors that minic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system. The body mistakes these synthetic chemicals for its own hormones, thereby disrupting the natural process of human growth, development, and metabolism. Published studies show there is mounting evidence that chronic exposure to xenoestrogens can disrupt normal endocrine function, which can lead to reproductive failure and cancers of estrogen-sensitive tissues.
In December 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report, “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” based on hormone disruptors (xenoestrogens) that mimic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system.” WHO full report-9789241505031 eng.pdf . May 2013.
An international team from WHO reported, “Evidence today linking hormone-disrupting chemicals to human health and wildlife, particularly killer whales and harbor seals, both having high levels of PCBs that accumulate in ocean and ecosystems, has grown stronger over the past decade ‘becoming a global threat’ and needs to be immediately addressed, ranking this above climate warming.”
BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN
Now that we have identiﬁed the problem, it has taken ﬁve years to create a solution for the most delicate skin! DermaQOL Personal Care products are speciﬁcally formulated from a select group of certiﬁed organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’. Each product and package is tested to ensure there is no estrogenic activity. Delicate, nourishing, and sensitive skin-care products that simply glide across your skin without pulling and tugging. Feel the difference. Take the challenge and compare our products to what you are currently using.
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No Harsh Ingredients in DermaQOL Products
Jama Russano, the author of this post has over 30 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry. She developed Thorne Organics and DermaQOL Estrogenic Activity Free Skin Care Products. Prior to Thorne Research, Inc., she was the founder and president of C.A.T.S. (Children Afflicted by Toxic Substances). As president of C.A.T.S., Ms. Russano worked with Schneider Children’s Hospital in identifying severe allergic reactions to various medical devices and common ingredients used in everyday personal care and household products. She also worked closely with the Clinton White House, CDC, NIH, FDA, and HHS and has testified before Congress. She has contributed to four major medical studies concerning the harmful effects of toxic substances.
Clean, estrogenic free ingredients are her passion.
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