A guest post by Nicky Hamila
Today more than ever we are concerned with our health – especially what we are putting in our bodies. Is it dairy-free?Gluten free? Organic? Grass fed? The ingredients on food labels are clearly stated with what it contains – soy, wheat, etc. But what about the cosmetics and beauty products that are used on the daily?
Many don’t realize the many toxins and chemicals that are slathered on their skin or lathered on their scalp every day. And many also don’t realize how easy it is for a company to get around federal law in putting these harmful chemicals in cosmetics and products. There are major loopholes in federal law that allow cosmetic companies to put hundreds of synthetic chemicals into everyday beauty products, according to the BreastCancerFund.org.
It’s scary to think the same chemicals that are in shampoos, lotions and many other products are also used to clean industrial manufacturing equipment and stabilize pesticides, right? And it’s not that these chemicals are just “not so good,” but they also can cause cancer, birth defects and infertility to name just a few. So to help avoid these products as much as possible, below are a list of harmful chemicals in our cosmetics that you should avoid, as well as what they can do to the body.
A group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, Phthalates are found in nail polish and synthetic fragrances in perfumes and lotions. Phthalate exposure is linked to early puberty in females and a risk factor for breast cancer.
Used as an antifungal agent and preservative in creams and lotions, this chemical has weak-estrogen properties that the FDA has recognized to cause breast tumors and breast cancer.
Ethylene oxide is found in shampoos and is considered a known human carcinogen that can potentially cause reproductive complications.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline – and since some cosmetics and shampoos are made with coal tar, PAHs are likely present.
So now that everyone is sufficiently scared of their body lotions and shampoos, how do we avoid or try to eliminate the some of the chemicals we are knowingly or unknowingly putting in and on our bodies? Choose as many natural options for cosmetics as possible, recommends dermatologist Dr. Alex Khadavi and founder of Revivogen, a natural hair loss treatment therapy for men and women. For example, even when a man or woman is experiencing hair loss and is seeking a hair loss treatment, sometimes adding another chemical to the mix of cosmetics used daily is not the best option. The more natural products we grab for, the less risk of causing certain cancers and other side effects. The main reason Dr. Khadavi started an all natural hair loss treatment option was for that very reason – There was nothing at the time to treat hair loss that didn’t contain some sort of chemical that was also effective.
*Learn more about some natural cosmetic products and switch out some of yours at home.