Chemicals in Cosmetics
This page is dedicated to Chemicals in Cosmetics.
Creams and cosmetics are applied to enhance the way we look and perfume.
Every day millions of people, especially women, although the number of men is constantly increasing, use various forms of cosmetic products: soaps, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, creams ( for the body, hands, cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, etc..), air fresheners, deodorants, body oils, bath salts and oils, massage oils, protective oils, after sun, nail varnishes and their solvents, mascara, perfumes, talcum powder, foundation, pencils, eye shadows, lipsticks, lip gloss, hair tonics and dyes, lacquers and hair spray, after shave lotions, baby oil etc..
More than 1,000 new chemicals are produced each year. More than 300 synthetic chemicals have been found in human tissues and secretions, including breast milk. It is estimated that 400 million tons of synthetic chemicals are produced each year worldwide. It is estimated that 5000-10000 chemicals are considered hazardous, 150-200 between them can cause cancer.
95% of chemicals used in the "fragrances" are composed of synthetic compounds and petroleum. A typical cosmetic / perfume can contain up to 100 fragrances, many of which have never been tested as safe (www.wen.org.uk).
There are over 5,500 ingredients approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Healt reports that 884 of the ingredients used in cosmetics are toxic (Drop-DeadGorgeus; by K. Erickson, Contemporary Books).
In June 2004, the WWF has analyzed blood samples from 14 ministers from 13 European Union nations. 103 different synthetic chemicals from 7 different chemical families were fond: organo-chloride pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PBCs), synthetic musks, perfluorinated chemicals, brominated flame retardants, phthalates, and antibacterial. (Gender and Environmental Report-by I. del Rio Gomez Ph.D. - www.wen.org.uk march 2007.
The National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark recently found that 99% of cosmetics applied to the skin and 77% of those who are rinsed contain Parabens. Parabens act as preservatives. They are also known as irritant to skin and eyes and have the ability to mimic the female hormone estrogen ...". (The Guardian, 08.05.04 p.10).
"Women might endanger the health of their unborn children, using cosmetics and perfumes ... Many of the products they use contain a group of chemicals that are thought to interfere with the reproductive system and other vital organs. These chemicals known as phthalates have been found in the make-up, perfumes, shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, nail varnishes and after shampoos ... They are also suspected of altering the development of the testes reducing sperm counts and liver and kidney damage ... "(Daily Mail 01/10/2001 by M. Halle.
Dr. Sean Munroe, medical director of the Breakspeare Hospital, Hertfordshire, in the last 20 years has treated over 8,000 women for problems of skin sensitization to beauty products ... (Daily Mail 04.08.2002 By Tim utton ). "Would appear that there is an increase in the number of the general population exposed to certain allergens and possibly in their level of exposure to some of the following substances: toothpastes, sprays for the home, cleaning products, perfumes, etc. ..."
A large portion of population (5-10%) showed clinical symptoms of one or more allergic disorders (the most common asthma eczema, fever). As chemicals are applied and cosmetic act on the skin, here are some hints of physiology and anatomy of the skin.
Toxins can be absorbed through your skin, as is the case with thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics. Then, the risk is that some of them can be absorbed in the body resulting in an effect of "poisoning" of the organs of detoxification. Chemicals can penetrate through the skin in varying proportion in relation to chemical composition, molecular weight and size, and through the microcirculation and the lymphatic system, go inside the body . Parabens have been found in breast tissue, Triclosan in breast milk, traces of talc in ovarian cancer.
It is difficult to say how much chemicals in cosmetics are absorbed, but in fact in recent years has sharply increased the use of conventional drugs applied by epidermal (nicotine-based patches, patches that release hormones to treat menopause, anti-inflammatory patches, etc.. ) to confirm this route of use.
The easiest way to avoid chemicals in cosmetics is to use products that are made from natural, plant-derived ingredients.
To avoid chemicals in cosmetics, I suggest you this book:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products
This book contains everything you need to create organic, natural beauty products, avoiding dangerou chemicals in cosmetics.. Includes everything from face creams to mineral makeup to shampoo and more Each formula is clearly presented in recipe style, with notes on prep time, storage, and uses. All products are made from natural ingredients which will appeal to people going green as well as to people with sensitive skin.
I personally found this book particularly useful because I have an allergy to the paraben preservatives that are commonly used in beauty products and cosmetics. However, thanks to this book I've been able to add several new items to my beauty routine with confidence.
I highly recommend this book to all women to avoid chemicas in cosmetics: even if you don't have allergic reactions but that really wish to start a detoxification program.
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