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What is your child’s skin really absorbing?

Posted by Kelly Noble on Sep 19th, 2012 and filed under Breaking News, Featured, Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

An article released today by Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) has confirmed that known cancer causing toxins found in mum’s make up and cosmetics, are potentially being absorbed into Australian children’s blood streams. The three top ingredients SCA advise to avoid include mineral oil and petroleum, both known carcinogens*, as well as talc which is highly suspected to be cancer causing and contain traces of asbestos.

Amina Leslie, Director of SCA says, “Every child enjoys dressing up but they should not be playing with just any old make up.

You really have no way of knowing what is in the products you purchase unless you buy a trusted brand or those that have received our Australian Certified Non-Toxic stamp.”

Amina adds, “As the skin is the largest organ in the body, anything we put on it has more significant effects for children, who have a much lower tolerance to toxins compared to adults.”

Pure Poppet is Australia’s first natural play make up and face paint range for kids that has received the stamp of approval by SCA. Founder and mum Georga Holdich saw a gap in the market after being unable to find non-toxic products for her own two girls.

Georga says, “As a mum to young girls you see them get into everything and they want to use whatever you are using. I tried everywhere to find something safe to let them play with when dressing up but there was nothing available. So, I worked with Australian product developers to create Pure Poppet.”

According to SCA, it’s not only mineral oil, petroleum and talc we need to be looking out for. Recent research from The Canadian Report ‘Heavy Metal Hazard’, found high levels of hazardous heavy metals, for example lead and cadmium, that are linked to serious illness and allergies which are still freely being used by cosmetics companies. Some of these ingredients have been linked to birth defects, asthma, migraine, cancer, ADD learning and memory loss, to name a few.

Pure Poppet’s range of products are free from ferric ferrocyanide, artificial dyes, FD&C colours, talc, bismuth oxychloride, mineral oil (and its derivatives) and paraben preservatives.

Chemicals found in make up are easily absorbed into the skin in the same way that hormone therapy treatments or smoking cessation medications are administered. These medications are often in patch form which are applied directly to the skin so the medication passes through and enters the bloodstream. Applying make up or skin care products to the body will do the same, allowing the ingredients, whether toxic or not to enter the bloodstream.

“High quality and natural ingredients often cost more and generally won’t be found at the local $2 shop but when it comes to the safety of children and yourself you need to look for the non-toxic option. Pure Poppet is a great example of a way to let the kids dress up and have fun whilst you can feel reassured that it is safe to use,” said Amina.

To find out which products have been approved by SCA go to www.safecosmeticsaustralia.com or to view the Pure Poppet range go to www.purepoppet.com.

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