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Avoid Toxic Chemicals In Beauty Products

Your beauty products probably look harmless, but the truth is that most of them are filled with chemicals. These products are filled with preservatives that prevent them from getting funky after sitting on store shelves and in your steamy shower. Though rancid shampoo is clearly not your idea of a good time, the frightening truth is that many of these chemicals are fairly untested.

A quick look at the labels on your bottles will show you how few ingredients are easy to recognize. In fact, most products today are filled with chemicals that didn’t exist twenty five years ago. Not only have most of them not been properly studied, there simply hasn’t been enough time to see what their impacts on health will be in the long term.

According to the Worldwatch Institute, there are over 75,000 man made chemicals in the world today that are used for products that come in contact with your skin. Even low levels of exposure to these chemicals can causes damage and irritation, and some of them can build up in your system over time and cause damage to your hormone systems.

Below is a short list of some of the most damage synthetic ingredients in common cosmetic products.

Moisture beads: Sometimes called micro-beads, these tiny sponge-like beads are made of plastic and take thousands of years to break down in the natural environment. Present in over 200 different beauty products, moisture beads are toxic to ingest for humans and wildlife alike.

Triclosan: Because of its antimicrobial properties, triclosan is found in plenty of cleaning products like soap, deodorant and shampoo. Multiple studies have linked triclosan exposure to hormone disruption and thyroid issues.

Parabens: This common ingredient in soaps and shampoos is made up of several distinct chemicals, including ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and methylparaben. Not only can parabens disrupt hormone function and cause allergic reactions, they have also been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.

Benzophenone: Though benzophenones make great UV blockers to protect you from the sun, they also disrupt the function of your endocrine system and can lead to eczema on the skin. Studies have shown that exposure to high doses of the lotions and sunscreens that contain these ingredients can increase your risk of developing cancer and reduce your fertility.

Phthalates: Used to add flexibility to plastic products, phthalates are made from phthalic acid and can be found in just about any beauty product with a fragrance. Evidence has shown that phthalates can act as an endocrine disruptor and even cause birth defects in unborn children.

Absorbing The Harm

Toxic chemicals are everywhere in the natural world, so why is it so important to be concerned about cosmetic products? The reason is simple: few other products are put as close to your bloodstream as lotions and makeup.

Your skin is the body’s biggest organ and the primary defense it has to keep foreign materials out of your blood stream. However, skin isn’t a solid barrier. Instead, it is highly permeable and allows chemical substances to enter in and out of your bloodstream. This is why nicotine patches work to control cravings in smokers and why people have relied for centuries on rubbing medicinal herbs on the skin to treat their illnesses. According to studies, skin can adsorb 64% of chemicals applied to it, and the face is even more permeable than that.a