If you washed your face, hair and body today you’ve probably already lathered yourself in dozens of dangerous chemicals and you haven’t even put your make-up on yet! Many of our daily rituals and comforts are possible because of chemicals. These chemicals may make our makeup stay on longer, or make our lip-gloss cheaper and our hair less tangled and easier to brush, but the long-term effects on our health are very frightening.
Here is just a short list of the chemical hazards in common, everyday personal products:
• Phthalates have been linked to reproductive birth defects, causing babies in utero to have indescended testicles and an abnormally placed urinary opening on the penis, low sperm count in the males born now and with hormonal imbalances.
• In a recent study, Parabens were found in the tumours of every 19 out of 20 women with breast cancer.
• Sperm counts have dropped by 50% over the last 50 years – and this is worldwide.
• Phthalate, which is found in most cosmetics, has been found to damage male sperm, which increases infertility and miscarriage.
• A study done in 2009 found a 93-year-old woman to have abnormal genital bleeding and breast cancer as the result of long-term use of her body lotion which contained ethynyloestradiol.
• In a report done by Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products, and the FDA tested 72 name brand beauty products for phthalates an independent lad found chemicals that have been linked to reproductive damage, birth defects and cancer in 3 quarters of the products they tested, and phthalates were not even listed on the list of ingredients!
• If you see the word “fragrance” on a label it is a hiding word in seemingly “safe” products. When manufacturers us the word fragrance they don’t have to disclose the chemical formula that is used in order to create the synthetic fragrance.
• Parabens interfere with hormone function. A European study found that women are exposed to 50 milligrams of parabens every day from cosmetics. And in Canada and the United States there are no restrictions with the use of parabens in cosmetics.
• Formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Cancer Research. It is banned in Canada but deemed safe to put in cosmetics in the USA.
• Be aware of “natural” products, “natural” shampoos and conditioners as they have been found to contain high levels of 1.4 dioxane which is classified as a carcinogen, and 1.4 – dioxane’s as ingredients that forms during a process called ethoxylation, so the manufacture’s don’t have to list it on the ingredients! SNEAKY
• Many everyday symptoms are also linked to heavy metals and chemical contaminants such as head aches, dizziness, nausea, joint inflammation, eczema, shortness of breath, acne, hives and rashes. Most people just think, oh, I have a head ache because I’m stressed from work, or acne because I have bad skin, or a rash because I have sensitive skin, eczema because I’ve always had it, but the connection between this common day symptoms to heavy metals should not be disregarded.
• What is so scary too is that the chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products are not just an issue for human health, but it also has huge implications on our environment, which affects everyone, especially the quality of life our children will have. All the stuff we put on our bodies gets washed down the drain and ends up in our water systems. Not to mention the packaging and waste from millions of plastic bottles, which are made from petroleum, and they sit in our landfills for hundreds of years, long after you and your lovely locks are gone.