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 reason we formulate our products to be 100% free of synthetic dyes and colors.
The Red food dye debacle
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.
Yellow food dye
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.
Synthetic colors comprised of chemicals
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.
Coal tar, heavy metals and other undesirables
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 natural colorant.
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.