meet the ingredients….
There are over 10,500 chemicals are in your cosmetics. Only 11% have been tested for safety. The average adult uses 12 body care products a day and the average teen uses 17. This exposes you to at least 126 unique ingredients that you absorb through your skin, ingest, and wash down the drain exposing the environment to these chemicals. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients, with the exception of color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes. In general, cosmetic manufacturers may use any ingredient they choose, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation.” (FDA 2007) Here are some of the most widely used ingredients that are hazardous to your health. Click on them to learn the health effects and how to reduce your exposure.
meet the endocrine disruptors…
Chemicals found in our cosmetics, body care, and consumer products can disrupt normal function of our hormone system. Chemicals can act as synthetic estrogens and androgens. This can result in stimulating the growth of cancer cells, especially estrogen sensitive breast cancer cells. Synthetic hormones can increase obesity, cause early puberty for young girls, and reduce fertility in both men and women. Boys exposed to endocrine disruptors as developing fetuses may have genital deformities. The following chemicals are just of a few of the endocrine disruptors that we are exposed to on a daily basis. You can easily reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors by choosing products that do not contain these ingredients.
introducing the endocrine disrupting ingredients….
meet the neurotoxins….
Remember the Mad Hatter from Alice and Wonderland? He was crazy. He had high exposure to mercury, a neurotoxin found in our consumer products. Neurotoxins target our nervous system, including our brain. They disrupt the normal function of our neurons and can result in learning disabilities, loss of memory, and our toxic to our liver and kidneys. Metal neurotoxins, such as lead and mercury, stay in our bodies and build up over time and can persist in our air and water.
introducing the neurotoxins…
more resources on endocrine disruptors and early puberty:
Breast Cancer Fund’s Fact Sheet on Endocrine Disruptors
The Breast Cancer Fund’s The Falling Age of Puberty