The European Union (EU) has banned hundreds of ingredients in products for personal care, whereas; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have banned only 11 ingredients. Cosmetics chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, triclosan and oxybenzone are carcinogenic that have been detected in the human body, alters the endocrine system which is responsible for the production of hormones. We are exposed to these chemicals when we inhale them from sprays and powders, ingest them from the lips, and absorb them through the skin. Statistically, a woman uses approximately 12 personal care products every day, whereas, man uses an average of six daily. Exposure to the harmful chemicals in air, water, food and personal care products can cause damage due to oxidation and lead to skin irritation, inflammation, dehydration and interfere with the production, transport, breakdown, binding and elimination of hormones and thus, ultimately affects the hormonal system and homeostasis of the body. Women are the primary consumers of cosmetics, but adolescent girls are more vulnerable to the toxic assault of hormone disrupting ingredients because they are in the age of speedy reproductive advancement and though they are using much more cosmetics every day than the normal adult woman. In other words, adolescent girls are unknowingly exposing themselves to greater levels of these toxic ingredients.
If your products contain these ingredients in hair, skin, nail and other personal care products then, throw them out.
Formaldehyde: It is found in nail paints, hair dyes, some shampoos, and fake eyelash, causes cancer and irritation.
Fragrance/Perfume: A source of hidden chemicals such as phthalates, which have been linked to hormone disrupting effects. Fragrance is also related to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.
Lead: Hormone disrupting and carcinogenic chemical found in certain eyeliners, hair dye, and lipsticks.
Mercury: It is found in skin lightening creams, mascara and some eye drops. It is a known irritant and allergen that deposited in the body over the time and can lead to the impairment of brain and nervous system.
Parabens (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl-): Used as preservatives in cosmetics that leads to disruption of hormone, early puberty and cancer.
Oxybenzone: An active ingredient present in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and causes allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.
DEA/TEA/MEA (Ethanolamines): Used as emulsifiers and foaming agents in shampoos, body washes, soaps and linked to cancer.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): It is a neurotoxin that produces mutation in the cells and causes cancer and used to make soap foamy. It is absorbed into the body and responsible for reproductive problems, skin and eye irritation.
Coal Tar: It is carcinogenic and used in the production of hair dyes carcinogen. A coal-tar hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD) can lead to dangerous skin reactions.
Diethylene Glycol (or DEG): It is a carcinogen which stops the absorption of choline an essential amino acid which is responsible for the impairment of the central nervous system. It is found in fragrances; glycerine and propylene glycol which are common ingredients used in the preparation of personal care products.
Sunscreen Chemicals: Benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate are sunscreen chemicals absorb ultraviolet light and are able to disrupt the endocrine system, causes cellular damage and cancer.
Help to Prevent the Teenagers
It is impossible to avoid the harmful synthetic chemicals in our life; reducing exposure in day to day life will help protect the teenagers from serious health problems in the future. Only purchase best quality personal care products that are free of chemicals. Daily exercise and healthy foods (fruits and a rainbow diet rich in antioxidants and legumes, nuts) play vital roles in skin care regimen. Drink plenty of filtered water and stay hydrated.
Spectro Analytical Lab provides all the facilities and instruments for testing of contaminants in all kinds of personal care products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.