Women, men and babies are all frequent users of cosmetic products. The legal term “cosmetics” actually encompasses a vast array of the personal care products that we use daily, such as toothpaste, body wash, body lotions and shaving cream, in addition to makeup and perfumes. Men, women and children are all exposed to potentially risky chemicals in cosmetics everyday. On average, women use 12 personal care products a day, exposing themselves to around 168 chemical ingredients daily. We assume personal care products are regulated and the chemicals are tested, but they are not. Unfortunately, the personal care products industry remains largely unregulated. While the Medicines Control Council (MCC) has limited authority to regulate cosmetics, our current laws leave them powerless to screen for chemicals that have been linked to cancer, harm to the reproductive system in both men and women, and severe allergies, among other health effects.
Consumers deserve to have a product available to them that is safe and free from harmful chemicals that could be potentially detrimental to their long term health. An opportunity exists world wide to enter this market and to produce Organic, Herbal and all Natural products that pose no health risk to users in terms of harsh chemicals and long term affects of using them chemical on a daily basis. Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system.
Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin. When risky chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high. These are not trace contaminants that may be measured in parts-per-million or even parts-per-billion in food or water. They are substantial components of the product, just as flour is a primary ingredient in bread. Cosmetic ingredients do not remain on the surface of the skin. They are designed to penetrate, and they do.
Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including phthalates in urine, preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue and persistent fragrance components in human fat. Do the concentrations at which they are typically found pose risks? The answer is yes and Doctors and Science are waving a red flag.
Below is a list of a few of the most common and dangerous chemicals found in body care products, that can lead to infertility, cancer and acute eczema skin conditions:
Phthalates (pronounced thalates) – widely used in cosmetics and body care products. They have been linked in several studies to interfere with hormones in the body, with potential risks to reproductive, thyroid systems, diabetes risk and asthma. Phthalates are used in fragrance, in skin care products and nail polish, just to name a few and are found in nearly 75% of all mass produced non organic Cosmetics.
Triclosan is a common active or nonactive “antibacterial” ingredient found in liquid hand soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, acne treatments and increasingly in cosmetics. Over time, this ingredient can build up in the body and can potentially increase the effect of thyroid hormones it has been proven to disrupt other critical hormone systems, such as both estrogenic and androgenic effects on human breast cancer cells.
Parabens have been used since the 1920s as a preservative in many cosmetics and personal care products. They help prevent growth of bacteria and mold in cosmetics and increase its shelf life. EWG reports of several studies that show parabens can disrupt reproductive hormones. There are several forms of parabens. The most common in cosmetics include: methylparaben,ethyl-paraben, propylparaben, isopropyl-paraben and butyl-paraben. Studies show parabens are estrogenic, in that they mimic the hormone estrogen, therefore disrupting normal function of the hormone system.Cancer has also been linked to parabens in other lab studies and to reproductive health problems. While FDA and MCC limits the levels of parabens allowed in food and beverages, it does not regulate these chemicals in cosmetics and body care products.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is found in many products including creams used to treat eczema. It was found to increase the permeability of the skin barrier and cause irritation. Researchers concluded that with its use on damaged skin, negative effects can be even more dramatic. SLS causes the skin to thin, this in turn reduces the skin’s protective barrier, making it more susceptible to irritation by chemicals and a worsening skin condition that result in more dire skin issues. In recent years, there has been an increase in the diagnoses of eczema from 5 percent to 30 percent. Genetics and environmental factors play a role in causing skin conditions. For those individuals with eczema, the researchers recommended using creams and products free of SLS.
Bismuth oxychloride has a history of being irritating and may end up causing you to have sensitive skin. It’s a common ingredient in cosmetics.
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