No one likes scaremongering, but sometimes it's good to do a bit of digging to fully inform ourselves. If you still need more reasons to switch to cleaner beauty, check out these videos and links for tips, and news stories how beauty impacts us and the planet.
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A survey of 2300 American people found the average women uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day. The total products they used contained 168 different chemical ingredients.
A survey recently conducted in France found an even greater use of cosmetics products than in the U.S., with on average 18 cosmetics being used daily by adult pregnant women, 16 by adult non-pregnant women, 8 by adult men, 7 by girls, 5 by boys and 6 for babies under 3 years.
However, a number of other chemical ingredients with links to breast cancer and other adverse health effects continue to be used in cosmetics and personal care products. Examples include short chain parabens, used as preservatives, and phthalates used as fragrances.
Teen girls see big drop in harmful chemical exposure when switching to natural cosmetics.
"A team of US and EU researchers link the financial burden caused by incidental harmful chemical exposure. $ 58 bn are endocrine disruption chemicals used in personal care and beauty product formulations and packaging. Total cost in USA in 2010 $ 340 bn; edometriosis and fibroids $ 43 bn, premature death $ 8 bn, obesity and diabetes $ 5 bn, and men's reproductive conditions $ 2 bn.”
Human exposure can occur via...skin contact. The UN study, which is the most comprehensive report on EDCs to date, highlights some associations between exposure to EDCs and health problems including the potential for such chemicals to contribute to the development of non-descended testes in young males, breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, developmental effects on the nervous system in children, attention deficit /hyperactivity in children and thyroid cancer.
List of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC's) in personal care items
Tiny plastic time bombs - the pollutants in our cosmetics.. millions of tons of micro beads are being washed into the sea, up the food chain, and heading for the tuna on your plate.
Protecting Humans and Wildlife from harmful chemicals.
Comprehensive info how toxicity - also caused by cosmetics - affects hormones, health and fertility.
Our ordinary everyday lives are steeped in chemical products. Invisible, they are encrusted in plastic, in detergents and toasters, concealed in our food, in toys, in shampoo. They have invaded everything, including our bodies.