Do I know what’s inside the skincare products I use daily?
This is a question more people are asking themselves. And, as they learn about the harmful ingredients prevalent across the industry, they’re changing to natural products with wholesome ingredients.
If you’re dizzy after reading the back of your skincare products and want to make a healthy change, it’s time to do some research. We’ve combed through the basics to get you started.
What started the concern about chemicals in beauty products?
The European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals from being used in beauty products while the US has only banned 30. In 2014, the EU banned certain parabens, which might be the source of the current shift toward natural beauty in North America. Many started to ask– what are these chemicals? Why haven’t our governments followed suit to protect us?
Okay, but what are parabens and other common chemicals used in skincare…?
Parabens are a group of chemicals often used as preservatives in skincare products. They prevent the products from growing bacteria and fungus. Parabens can mimic estrogen and act as an endocrine disruptor, causing a range of health complications, such as reproductive problems.
Other harmful endocrine disruptors used in skincare include phthalates and petrochemicals. Phthalates are used in cosmetics as a binding agent: they help give products a sticky, thick consistency. They can damage the thyroid, liver, and immune systems.
Petrochemicals are used to improve the texture of products and improve their moisturizing benefits. They can accumulate in the tissues and organs of the body and cause various complications like nerve and liver damage.
Is there enough evidence?
Toxicologists have a saying: “The dose makes the poison.”
The long-term effects of these chemicals on humans are largely unknown. But, the truth is that enough of any chemical can cause harm.
If you’re asking whether you need to turn away from chemicals products, our answer is, for products you use every day, better safe than sorry.
How to switch to natural products:
Check the ingredients: Before buying a skincare product, study the ingredients list for those harmful chemicals. Ingredients that contain parabens are easy to spot as they have the word attached. For example, propylparaben. Phthalates can be harder to spot as they’re reduced to 3 or 4 letter acronyms like BBP (butyl benzyl phthalate). Paraffin wax and benzene are both examples of petrochemicals.
Use EWG’s Skin Deep Ratings ®: Identifying safe skincare products can be time-consuming. Here’s where the EWG comes in to make life easier; they rate products based on how hazardous the ingredients are and on data availability, with 10 being the most hazardous and 1 the least. Search products or ingredients in their database before purchasing any beauty products.
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