You use them every day, but how much do you know about the dangerous chemicals found in makeup, deodorant, lotions, soaps, etc.?
Many of your beauty and hygiene products contain dangerous chemicals:
Phalates (1,4-Dioxane, Quaternium, Sodium Benzoate, EDTA): a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Phalates exposure has been linked to early puberty in girls and a risk factor for later-life breast cancer. Phalates are found in nail polish and synthetic fragrances – both perfumes and fragrance ingredients in cosmetic and bath products. Phalates releases formaldehyde.
Triclosan: found in antibacterial soaps, deodorants and toothpaste. Tricolasn limit the growth of bacteria and mold. This chemical is classified as a pesticide which can affect the body’s hormone system especial the thyroid. Thyroid regulates our metabolism and any disruption can cause obesity, resistance to antimicrobial agents (antibiotics), etc.
1,4-diozxne: found in shampoos, body wash, children bath products, etc. This product creates suds and is a possible carcinogen, a cancer causing agent. Releases formaldehyde.
Parabens: used as an antifungal agent, preservative and in antibiotic creams, lotions, ointments, deodorants, etc. This product is absorbed through the skin and has been identified in breast tumors biopsies.
Ethylene Oxide: found in fragrances and shampoos. Ethylene Oxide is a known human carcinogen.
1,3-butadiene: found in shaving creams, sunscreens, foundations, etc. This chemical has been found to cause tumors in rats.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. It is found in cosmetics and shampoos. Shampoos that contain coal contain PAHs have been shown to increase the risk for breast cancer.
Placental Extract: derived from human or animal placentas are used in hair conditioner and shampoos marketed to women of color. This chemical is a known carcinogen.
Lead: a widely used contaminant found in over 650 cosmetic products including sunscreens, foundations, nail polish, lipsticks, toothpaste, etc. Lead is a proven neurotoxin linked to learning and behavioral problems in children, infertility in men and women, etc.
A full list of chemicals can be found on the breast cancer website.
It’s important to take the time to read the labels on the products you purchased. Caution and prevention can make a difference in your life. Cancer is #2 killer in the U.S. with heart disease being #1.