However for those who prefer an holistic & natural approach to wellbeing and beauty, using products containing these chemicals on a regular basis can feel incompatible with the choices we make about our food or environment. Plus some people find they experience symptoms such as dizzyness, eczema, irritation or nausea from some chemical based toiletries.
Here's the low down on the ingredients that you won't find in 100% Herbal Instant Tan, that commonly go into toiletries and cosmetics and which the Soil Association, WWF and the Women's Environmental Network, amongst others, think are best to avoid.
Like artificial fragrance, artificial colours are a common cause of skin irritant and allergic reactions. Certain colours have been linked with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity1.
Artificial fragrance (parfum)
Only a few fragrances seem to provoke an allergy. However they are present in the majority of products under the blanket term, 'parfum'. Children in particular tend to be more sensitive to fragrances and can develop allergic reaction easily 2.
DEA or TEA (di- or tri-ethanolamine)
A colorless liquid or crystalline alcohol that is used as a solvent, emulsifier and detergent (wetting agent). Works as an emollient in skin softening lotions or as a humectant in other personal care products.
A problem arises when combined with an ingredient which acts as a nitrosating agent, such as 2-bromo-2-nitro-propane1,3-diol or if they are contaminated with a nitrosating agent, eg sodium nitrite 3. Although there is no proven link to cancer in humans, evidence exists showing they are carcinogenic in animals 2.
Formaldehyde (formalin / formal and methyl aldehyde, DMDM Hydantoin and Urea-Imidazolidinyl)
A toxic, colourless gas that is an irritant and a carcinogen. When combined with water, formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, fixative or preservative. Found in many cosmetic products and nail care systems including deodorants, shampoos and hand wash. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, formaldehyde can irritate the eyes, nose & throat and may also trigger asthma in senstive individuals. Its use is restricted in many countries.
Used as a preservative in many toiletries and cosmetics. Parabens work by inhibiting enzyme activity. Traces of parabens have been found in human breast tissue although a link with breast cancer has not been proven 6. Parabens have been shown to have an estrogenic effect, ie they can mimic hormones and have been nick named 'gender benders'. One, propyl paraben, has been shown to adversely affect male reproductive functions; at the daily intake level acceptable under EC law, it decreased sperm production 7. Article Continued Below.... and please view the below you tube link to watch a video on these cosmetic ingredients to avoid (remember 100% Herbal Instant Tan does not use any of these ingredients, it really does only use 100% Herbal ingredients and nothing else!