Research by the Environmental Working Group shows that the on average, people use products which contain 250 chemical products that are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Ingredients in lotions are considered safe in small quantities, but eventually, it all adds up.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and it absorbs everything we put on it to a certain degree.
It is an antibacterial and antifungal found in soaps, body washes, hand sanitizers, toothpaste and cosmetics.
It can lead to skin sensitivity, liver damage, hormone disruption, and may even cause cancer. While we think we are getting rid of germs, the chemicals disrupt our microbiome and can contribute to antibiotic resistance. Ordinary soap does a good job of cleaning away germs.
They preservatives used in most cosmetics, skin care products, soaps, cleaning products, baby products to keep them for longer.
Because of their chemical composition, they can cause skin and allergic reactions. Their main effect however, is on the endocrine system. They are believed to collect in breast tissue and can stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. They can also modify the male reproductive system and thus, can damage our DNA.
This is another group of preservatives used in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, beauty and skin care and cleaning products.
And yet again, they are a group of chemicals that mess up the endocrine system. They particularly impact the male reproductive system. They can alter sperm quality and sperm count and damage to the testes.
4. Sodium Lauryth
These are a group of sulphates that make our soaps sudsy and frothy. It is widely used in soaps, body washes, beauty care and cleaning products.
They can lead to severe skin irritations and can be carcinogenic with certain contaminants. It can cause deposits in the brain, heart, lungs and liver.
Fragrance is used in soaps, shampoos, beauty care, skin care and cleaning products.
Fragrances cause allergic reactions. They also contribute to respiratory problems including asthma. The chemicals can cause headaches and are known hormonal disruptors.
6. Propylene Glycol
It is found in thousands of cosmetic products to hydrate them. It is found in soaps, shampoos, cleansers, and other beauty products.
This chemical causes skin irritation. It may also cause damage to the kidneys and liver, as well as neurotoxicity in children.
Fluoride is found in toothpaste, whitening agents and mouthwash.
It has been found to accumulate in the body and can inhibit thyroid function, contribute to bone disease and is a known carcinogen.
Talc has been used for many years in baby powders, feminine powders and blush. It also used as a lubricant in condoms.
Talc is linked to ovarian cancer, especially when routinely applied to the genital area.
It is usually used as a preservative in shampoo, nail care, baby products, deodorants, toothpaste, cleaning products, hairspray and cosmetics.
This list could go on and on.
We can learn more in my upcoming course: Hormonal Health And Overall Health!