The skin is the body’s largest organ performing many functions with a sponge-like quality, absorbing what is applied to it into the bloodstream. With this in mind, we need to consider the nature and compounds comprising the skincare and cosmetic products that we use. What we are exposing to our skin can also impact our health. We’ve all tried over-the-counter products with the aim of enhancing the look and feel of our skin. But, did you know that some products can contain up to 515 chemicals in them? Let’s look at some of these chemicals and how they might affect your health.
Some of these health concerns include the likes of endocrine disorders, which affect the production of hormones in the body, developmental delays, neurological problems and various cancers.
Keep Your Peepers Pealed for these Poisonous Chemicals:
- Formaldehydes are used as preservatives in many cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, shower gels, nail polishes, and hair products. Their function is to prevent spoilage and are known to irritate the eyes and possess carcinogenic qualities.
- Triphenyl Phosphate or TPHP, is typically found in nail polish and is absorbed very quickly into the skin and has been implicated as an endocrine disruptor chemical.
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole or BHA is used to prevent oils from oxidising and from going rancid. It is considered to induce allergic reactions in the skin and The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible human carcinogen.
- Triglocan, Oxybenzone and Teflon are other widely used chemicals that are also toxic to the body.
According to The Environmental Working Group or EWG, in America, there are more than 4,000 chemicals classed as Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. These are synthetic chemicals found in many every-day products that may pose the following risks: Harming a developing foetus, increasing the risk of various cancers, affecting the immune system as well as hormone balance.
Skincare products can also affect the male reproductive system. When you are planning a pregnancy, this should be the first intervention to be removed.
Using a product once won’t cause much harm but when we use multiple products this can have a synergistic effect in the body, leading to chemical burden that wreaks havoc on our internal wellbeing. Just because it’s being sold doesn’t mean it is safe.
Summertime is the perfect time to reset your skincare regime. Being in lockdown has meant adjusting to a new normal. Whether that has been wearing less make-up, trying new lotions or simply eating foods which have a good or bad effect on our bodies.
Take your power back by avoiding exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and make the switch to safer, nontoxic alternatives.
Following these steps can help you reduce or avoid the use of toxic cosmetics and skincare products:
Step 1: Use fewer products or choose products with a shorter list of ingredients.
Step 2: Check all labels carefully and look up any unfamiliar ingredients.
Step 3: Make cosmetic products such as body scrubs and face masks at home using simple food ingredients.
Step 4: Become a sceptic. Take care with products that claim to be “pure,” “organic,” or “natural,” as it does not automatically make them safer.
As your awareness of the toxic ingredients in cosmetics grows, you’ll start to become more aware of an increasing number of nontoxic, healthier alternatives.
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