The Toxic Truth

The modern skincare industry is quietly poisoning
millions of women all in the name of "beauty".




Do You Really Know What's In Your Skincare Products?

We use them all the time. Anti-aging face creams, body lotions, even soaps are supposed to add moisture to dry skin so it will look smoother, feel softer and appear more youthful. But do they really work as promised? Not many do.

Toxic Time Bombs.
Aging is essentially the dying off of your cells; so effective skincare products should stop your cells from dying and provide nutrition to birth new life. However, most products on the market contain more damaging chemicals and preservatives than they do life-giving nutrients. These chemicals are toxins that are stored in the body's fat cells, and have harmful effects over years of continual use.

What Goes On Stays In.
Put simply, everything you apply to your skin is absorbed by the skin, and feeds into your body. In fact, the average woman absorbs up to 5 POUNDS of damaging chemicals into their bloodstream EVERY YEAR thanks to harmful beauty and skincare products. Imagine the astounding total over your lifetime of daily use! Because our skin is the body’s largest organ, we must be careful in selecting the products we put on it. Even many so-called natural or organic creams, lotions and soaps have chemicals mixed with their few token natural ingredients that allow them to be marketed as natural and organic.

Our Bodies Need Water, But Our Skincare Products Don't. The first ingredient in any product is always the substance that will have the greatest concentration overall. That's why it's very important to find products with a superior first ingredient. The most common in almost all skincare is water. Water is cheap, abundant, fills up the jar or bottle and cuts the cost of manufacturing the product. If a company is skimping and filling products with water, chances are they’re filling the rest up with cheap chemicals too. Not that water is bad. Water is great for us and beneficial to the skin. The problem is that an acid mantle accompanied by a thin layer of sebaceous oil makes our skin waterproof. So it's difficult for water-based products to penetrate the skin. Most water-based products will use harsh detergents or abrasives to break through the skin’s waterproof coating. Once removed, the skin is stripped bare, open to the elements, and very prone to drying out.

Labels Don't Lie. Advertisements Do.
When you're shopping for skincare products, check the price, read the label and beware. The companies touting one or just a few ingredients are usually the ones that spend the majority of their budget on advertising, and as such devote little money to actually making the product produce good results. Don't get caught up in the hype!
It can sometimes be very hard to find a quality product that stands up on its own; but in the end it will be quite well worth the search! Relevé™ Organic Skincare truly is all natural, and made from ONLY the freshest organic or wild-crafted ingredients like fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, grasses and minerals – with NO toxic chemicals or preservatives added, EVER. We believe only nature at its best has the power to heal and nourish.

Top Toxic Skincare Ingredients To Avoid

There are many, but here's a list of the main ingredients you'll find out there:

1,4-Dioxane: A carcinogen found in many cosmetics as a by-product of other chemical combinations. Products that use Ethoxylated surfactants as foaming agents or emulsifiers often produce 1,4-doixane in the manufacturing process. This chemical is considered toxic if it is inhaled, absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): This drying agent is a common ingredient in many cosmetic products. When used directly on the skin, it strips off the outer most protective layer, exposing the body to bacteria, fungus, molds, and other toxins. It is derived from petroleum and may promote brown spots or premature aging.

Anionic Surfactants: Used in about 90% of foaming personal care products; also used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, and as engine degreasers. Common anionic surfactants include: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Potassium Coco Hydrolysed Collagen, TEA (Triethanolamine) Lauryl Sulfate, TEA (Triethanolamine) Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl or Cocoyl Sarcosine, Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, and Disodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate. Avoid all of these ingredients if they are on the label.

Cationic Surfactants: Commonly used in hair conditioning products as they have anti-static properties. However, they are synthetic, irritating to hair follicles, and toxic. Long-term use can cause hair to become dry and brittle. Common cationic surfactants include Stearalkonium chloride, Benzalkonium chloride, Cetrimonium chloride, Cetalkonium
chloride, and Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen.

hloromethylisothiazolinone and Isothiazolinone: These two harmful chemicals can be corrosive to the eyes and skin. Long-term exposure can cause permanent eye damage and third degree burns to skin. They can be fatal if ingested and they can cause damage to the mucous membranes of the lungs if inhaled.

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA (Triethanolamine):
These hormone-disrupting chemicals are often used in personal care cleansers to adjust the pH of the formula. They are easily absorbed by the skin, and can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, dryness, and toxicity if used over long periods. Research also indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. These known carcinogens are already restricted in Europe but they may still be found in the formulas of American and Asian cosmetics.

Diazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin: These chemicals contain formaldehyde, a toxic carcinogen; it can cause dermatitis, burning, irritation of the mucous membranes,
inflammation, and watering of the eyes.

Ethoxylated Surfactants: Commonly used in cosmetic formulas as foaming agents, emulsifiers, and humectants. They may be listed on the ingredient label as "PEG", "polyethylene", "polyethylene glycol", "polyoxyethylene", "-eth-", or "-oxynol." These chemicals form 1,4-dioxane (a known carcinogen) as a byproduct in the manufacturing process.

FD&C Color Pigments: These synthetic color pigments are made from coal tar. They contain heavy metal salts that leave toxic byproducts on the skin. These chemicals have
been tested on animals and found to cause cancer.

Formaldehyde: This is another cancer-causing agent commonly found in commercial makeup products. It can cause allergic reactions, headaches, and chronic fatigue.

Imidazolidinyl Urea: This chemical releases another harmful chemical, formaldehyde, as a byproduct in the manufacturing process. It may be listed under the trade name Germall 115.
Lanolin: Lanolin is used in many commercial cosmetic formulas, and it is often considered harmless. However, it is obtained from the wool of sheep and is therefore contaminated with the pesticide DDT unless it is obtained from organic sources.

Mineral Oil: Also called liquid parrafinum, mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum that coats the skin like plastic. It disrupts the skin's natural ability to purge itself of toxins, slows down cell function and can cause premature aging. Mineral oil can also be found in paraffin wax, paraffin oil and petrolatum (a petrochemical containing two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene). What is almost criminal is most baby oil is mineral oil.

Nitrosating Agents: Chemicals that cause nitrosamine contamination have been found in laboratory tests to cause cancer. Nitrosamines can be found in the following chemical ingredients: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, Cocoyl Sarcosine, DEA compounds, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Formaldehyde, Hydrolysed Animal Protein, Lauryl Sarcosine, MEA compounds, Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, and TEA compounds.

Paraben Preservatives (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Eethyl): These chemicals are often used in cosmetic formulas to inhibit microbial formation and extend the shelf life of the products. They are commonly used in commercial applications even though they are known to be highly toxic and to cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Compounds: This petroleum product is used in commercial cleaners to break up grease and in spray on oven cleaners. Over time, this chemical can cause premature aging when used in personal care products.

Propylene/Butylene Glycol: This chemical compound is considered so toxic by the EPA that it mandates that its workers wear protective equipment when handling it. It is a petroleum product that penetrates the skin easily and can cause brain, liver, and kidney malfunctions. This ingredient is often found in body care products and anti-aging face creams, even though it can cause acute and chronic health hazards.

Rancid Natural Emollients: Creams and other commercial cosmetics made from refined vegetable oils contain harmful transfatty acids. Polyunsaturated oils can also oxidize quickly, causing free-radical damage to the skin and premature aging. They are also missing the essential nutrients, fatty acids, and vitamins that help protect and moisturize the skin.

Silicone-Derived Emollients: Like other emollients, these products coat the skin like plastic wrap, and disrupt the skin's ability to breathe and release toxins. They can accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes and promote the development of tumors. Common silicone derived emollients include Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, and Cyclomethicone – all of which are not bio-degradable, and cause harm to the environment. After becoming banned, the companies making silicon oil Dimethicone have been very clever in finding new uses for their product that still makes its way into our bodies if we're not careful. It's also an active ingredient in most sunscreens, and is being added to more and more food and drink products.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES): When combined with other ingredients, these chemicals form nitrosating agents and have a carcinogenic effect on the body. Be especially wary of semi-natural products that claim to be derived from coconut oil.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS): These chemicals can alter the immune system and cause damage to the eyes, digestive system, nervous system, lungs, and skin. They are commonly found in foaming personal care products. And may be listed as ingredients on semi-natural products that claim to come from coconut oil.

Stearalkonium Chloride: Originally developed as a fabric softener, this chemical is often found in hair conditioners and creams. They are toxic chemicals that can cause allergic reactions on contact.

Talc: Talc is linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. Toluene: This chemical can be particularly dangerous if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Aspiration can cause chemical pneumonitis, a fatal disorder. It is highly flammable in both liquid and vapor form and it may affect the liver, kidneys, nervous system, and blood. Overexposure can cause fatigue, confusion, headache, dizziness, or numbness. Severe overexposure can cause coma and death. Exposure to toulene can also affect the proper development of a growing fetus.


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Now that your head is spinning with words  you can't pronounce and an endless array of skincare choices that contain at least one or even many of these ingredients, you're probably feeling frustrated and deceived, and are wondering what to do. The solution is simple, all natural, and 100% good for your skin. Relevé™ is a new generation of 100% organic skincare unlike anything  you've ever tried. Our fast-acting, results-oriented products will radically transform your skin, improving its health, appearance and longevity. Our all-natural products are unquestionably the finest you will ever buy. They breathe life into your skin by pushing in much-needed nutrients, while pulling out toxins that prevent skin from restoring itself to a healthy balance. Experience the  Relevé™ difference. Contact Emerald Essentials for details.