Are you Experiencing Cactus Like Feeling with Woollens?

Wool is derived from sheep and contains lanolin, a kind of natural oil, which is responsible for causing allergies to several people.  The most common wool allergy symptoms in the people include irritation, itching, rashes, and hives on the skin. It affects the eyes and leads to puffiness, itching as well as redness. It also causes nasal problems like running nose, sneezing, nausea, congestion and other problems related to respiratory tract. However, the people who are allergic to lanolin of wool also show the similar allergic reactions when exposed to the other products which contain lanolin such as wool wax, cosmetics and other personal products. However, only wool alone cannot be the actual cause of allergic reactions such as lumps and red bumps all over the skin, but due to the direct contact of wool with the skin generally causes itching and irritation because of the nature of the woollen garments.

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In the process of manufacturing of woollen garments like sweaters, scarves, socks, jackets and gloves synthetic chemicals and colours are required. Both the chemicals and colours can be the reason for different allergic reactions to the people who are not familiar about the allergic reactions caused by synthetic chemicals and dyes used in the making process of woollens but do complain about wool allergies. These only trigger or accelerate the allergic reactions.

A person who is allergic to wool has the same kind of allergic response just like in the persons having an allergy due to pollens, dust and pets such as rashes on the body including face, arms, hands, feet, etc. This may appear immediately or may occur in a couple of days just after coming in the direct contact of wool.

Till date, there is no particular treatment for the allergic reactions of wool; however, some antihistamines and allergy shots can also be given to the patients at the onset of allergic symptoms. Further, persons should stop using those products which consist of wool if possible.  So, to avoid such kind of allergy one should put cotton clothing in between the skin and the woollen garments and really it is enough to solve the itching problem.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals and dyes used in woollen garments. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Be Attentive while Choosing the Correct Dishwashing Bar

Today various kinds of dish washing soaps are available in the market with lots of claims like eco-friendly, better cleaning, antimicrobial and antibacterial property. Dishwashing bars or cakes are found in each and every house for cleaning of dishes. Detergents in these cakes combined with the enzymes help with the dishes and utensils wash easily. By using this one can get rid of stained and uncleaned dishes. Many chemicals listed on the dish bar by the chemical names and unfortunately, common person doesn’t familiar about the bad effects of chemicals. These toxic chemicals are absorbed by the skin that directly enter into the blood stream which then are responsible for causing asthma, neurological disorders, skin irritation, cancer, etc. Some of the common and basic chemical ingredients in the dish bar contained surfactants, preservatives, fragrance, colour with active and inactive chemical ingredients.

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  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS): It is a detergent based chemical which acts as a surfactant used as a cleanser. It is associated with the carcinogenic chemical Nitrosamines and responsible for absorption of toxic nitrates into the body.
  2. Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES): It is linked with the suspected carcinogen Dioxane which remains in the body for longer time and effects the functioning of the liver.
  3. Propylene Glycol: It is a chemical which is used as an anti-freeze for car radiator. It is found in dish bar, moisturizers, cosmetics, hand sanitizers, baby products, conditioners and shampoos. It negatively effects the functioning of liver and kidneys.
  4. Methylisothiazolinone: It acts as a preservative which is a neurotoxic and associated with allergic reactions and irritation.
  5. Fragrance: Scented products contain several harmful chemical ingredients including phthalates, which are responsible for different kinds of allergies and impairment of hormones. Phthalates are found in cosmetics, food packaging, plastic container, plastic tubes, and jar lids.
  6. Triclosan: It is a synthetic chemical used as an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal chemical and generally found in toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, clothing, dish bar, kitchen ware, coolers and paints. It disrupts the hormonal system of the body, including endocrine and thyroid system which weakens the immune system.
  7. Coal Tar Dyes: Coloured cleaning products contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and lead. These harmful coloured dyes can be readily absorbed by the skin and causes several health problems, including hormonal imbalance, cancer and allergies.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals in various kinds of dish bars and cosmetic products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Chemicals Lurking in Baby Products – A Serious Risk

 Skin of newborn babies is so soft and sensitive that it needs utmost care. It is very important for new parents to keep the baby clean and healthy but now a day’s baby products like soap, shampoo, oil and talc containing harmful chemicals that are not safe for baby’s overall health. Toxic chemicals found in these products will enter into the baby’s body when used. The best way to protect the baby from the exposure of these chemicals is to avoid the toxic ingredients and stick to natural and edible ingredients. Some of the most common harmful chemicals found in baby products.

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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – It is a neurotoxin that produces mutation in the cells and causes cancer and produces lather. It is also responsible for reproductive problems, skin and eye irritation. Generally it is used for degreaser for car washers.

Diethanolamine (DEA) – It is a carcinogen which stops the absorption of choline an essential amino acid which is responsible for the proper development of the brain. It also affects the expecting mother too.

Dioxane – It permeates through the skin and causes breast cancer and skin irritation.

Propylene Glycol – It is responsible for abnormalities in kidney and liver and also present in anti-freeze, de-icer and coolant.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – Yes, MSG is the same harmful chemical that is present in food. It causes dizziness, headaches, and ingestion problems.

Fragrance- Fragrance is added in a number of baby products (Baby Powder, Lotion, Soap, Shampoo, Cream, Baby Wash, Disposable Diapers, etc.) during production either to create a specific fragrance or to hide the smell of the nasty chemicals. Fragrance can cause respiratory, neurological, skin irritation and damage to eyes.

According to some pediatricians; it is not necessary to use baby products like soap and shampoo for the first two years of their life. Normally, there is no need of baby products for bathing as baby’s skin doesn’t get that dirty.  Use only lukewarm water for cleaning and washing of the baby, so that they enjoy and get relaxed.

Taking care of these points while purchasing Baby products-

    • It is necessary to go for products containing natural ingredients, which are beneficial for baby’s skin.
    • Don’t attract towards perfumed products because fragrance is likely the result of so many chemicals. Choose fragrance free products only as they will not harm the baby’s skin
    • Before using, apply a little bit on the baby’s hand and wait for some time to see the reaction on the baby’s skin.
    • Apply less baby products on the baby’s skin in order to avoid harmful effects.
    • Check the labels carefully before purchasing the products.

Spectro Analytical Lab provides all the facilities and instruments for testing of contaminants in all kinds of baby products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Are you applying Toxic metal to your Lips

Lipstick is a cosmetic product which is made up of wax, oil, alcohol and pigment. Wax is the key ingredient that permits the mixture to be constituted into the easily acceptable shape of the cosmetic. Oils such as mineral, caster, lanolin, or vegetable are added to the wax including fragrance and pigments which acts as preservatives and antioxidants that prevent lipstick to become rancid.

Women feel incomplete without makeup that’s why millions of women and girls apply lipstick every day without a second thought and not just once but more than 20 times a day. On an average a woman ingested or absorbed 24 milligrams of lip colour per day, whereas, women who reapply it by numerous times would ingest 87 milligrams per day.  But many don’t know about the reality that lipsticks and lip glosses may also contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and other toxic metals. Women are not only applying their lipsticks several times a day, but they are doing this throughout their whole life span, which means that exposure to lead and other heavy metals can potentially affect their health.

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Lead is a notorious metal which is a neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral complications and it can be very deadly even at small doses. No lipstick lists lead as an ingredient because the metals are ingredients, therefore, cosmetic companies are not required to list them on the product ingredient labels. Overexposure to these harmful chemicals causes several health issues like eye and skin irritation, hormonal imbalances, infertility, renal failure, stomach ulcers, cancer and also associated with toxicity in the nervous system. These chemicals can percolate into the bloodstream through skin, which can admit into the bloodstream and ultimately, damage the vital organs. In a recent study, researchers of the University of California analyzed eight lipsticks and 24 lip glosses and detected nine toxic heavy metals, including chromium, cadmium, manganese, aluminum and lead.

Precautions- Buy good quality cosmetics, keep their use minimum and try homemade lip colours to avoid health issues.

Detection at Home- Put some lipstick on your hand; rub a gold ring on this lipstick, if the lipstick colour change to black, then it contains lead.

Spectro Analytical Lab provides all the facilities and instruments for testing all kinds of cosmetics for heavy metals and other contaminants. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.