What are some common chemicals found in my beauty products and what are the associated health risks?
Here are only but a few of the chemicals commonly found in your everyday products, there are many more you should definitely avoid as well.
• Parabens, also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben.
Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry. The use of these chemicals as preserving systems have decreased somewhat over recent years due to the increase in consumer awareness of their detrimental affects.
Whilst this is great, the truth is, the chemicals the cosmetics industry have replaced the parabens with are believed to be even more damaging to health than the parabens themselves.
Unfortunately Parabens are still found in many products so it is important to detail their detrimental affects. Parabens have been linked to possible carcinogenic activity.
When someone is being exposed to the continued use of parabens as preservatives, the parabens are believed to have an estrogenic impact on the body, with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) linking methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.
Studies have shown that the estrogenic impact in relation to the extended use of parabens can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth).
• Parabens are low-cost synthetic preservatives. Many large cosmetic brands have funded studies in the hope of proving that prolonged usage is safe; all studies failed.
• Phthalates, are endocrine disrupting, plasticizing ingredients and have been linked to hormonal health challenges, birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems.
• Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), chemicals used in shampoo, hand and body wash, hand sanitizers and many other products to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on the immune and nervous systems.
• Toluene, is made from petroleum or coal tar, and is found in most synthetic fragrances, therefore in most products as almost all of the products on the market today contain synthetic fragrance of some sort. Chronic exposure has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.
• Triclosan is a registered pesticide. It is an antimicrobial active ingredient contained in a variety of products where acts to slow or stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mildew. Found in a large number of personal care products including deodorants, toothpaste (purportedly to stop gingivitis) and in antibacterial products. Brushing your teeth with any toothpaste containing
Triclosan can expose you to the harmful effects that include impaired heart and muscle function and hypothyroidism. .
Triclosan is commonly added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes and certain cosmetics, as well as furniture, kitchenware, clothing and toys. Recently banned in America in antibacterial hand sanitisers, it is still allowed in the other products as aforementioned. Triclosan is a recognized wildlife and environmental toxin.
• Silicones and siloxanes (Dimethicone found in skincare)
These chemicals have marked effects on the adrenal glands and liver. They are classed as wildlife and environmental toxins.
• Amines: TEA, DEA, MEA
Sever skin and respiratory irritation. Suspected Carcinogen, suspected kidney, cardiovascular, liver toxin and toxic to the nervous and immune systems