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Fitness Friday: Are Your Beauty Products Harming You?
Lately, I started taking note of what natural and organic products, such as shampoos, deodorants, toothpastes and lotions, among other cosmetics, decided to remove from their ingredients for safety measures.
Sure, eating health and exercise are two ways to improve your health. But why not stop using toiletries that contain potential harmful chemicals that may help you avoid possible illnesses?
So, I changed my shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste, for starters. Because no one wants to think they products that are supposed to help us look and feel our best are actually harming us!
Here is a list of 3 substances research says may (the verdict is still out) be harmful.
Dangerous or Not? Are You Beauty Products Harming You?
Parabens are a class of commonly used preservatives found in many shampoos, makeup, moisturizers, hair care and shaving products.
Parabens began to raise suspicion with environmental advocacy groups when several studies indicated the additive was found in tissue samples of breast cancer tumors.
Around since the 1920s, parabens are still used today because, without them, according to many health experts, bacteria, mold, and fungus would cause havoc on your skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.
At the moment, under the Federand Cal Food, Drug, osmetic Act (FD&C Act), cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they hit the market.
Moreover, at this time, the FDA states that there isn’t any evidence that parabens used in cosmetics have a negative effect on human health.
However, the FDA does turn a blind eye when it comes to pharmaceuticals and its nasty side effects. Therefore, in my opinion, you may want to consider avoiding parabens.
Phenoxyethanol is another preservative (synthetic) used in cosmetics for its anti-bacterial properties, and as a stabilizer in perfumes and soaps.
But, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)—an important constituent of product stewardship, occupational safety and health, and spill-handling procedures—it can be an irritant to the lungs and skin.
Furthermore, the MSDS states it may be poisonous to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver, and repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ impairment.
For the time being, however, more scientific research needs to be conducted on the long-term effects of using beauty products with phenoxyethanol.
If you’re looking to avoid products with phenoxyethanol, don’t use anything with 2-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether and 2-phenoxy-ethanol in its ingredients, as well as rose ether.
Moreover, to be on the safe side, buy products that clearly state that it’s phenoxyethanol-free.
Aluminum in antiperspirant/deodorant has been much-maligned for possibly causing diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Most antiperspirant/deodorant concerns focus on an aluminum-based compound that briefly stops the sweat glands from doing its job.
One study hypothesized, since most cases of breast cancer develop in the upper outer part of the breast—the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirant/deodorant is applied—that aluminum is absorbed through skin, especially when the area is cut through shaving.
This can cause a potential interaction with DNA, leading to cancerous alterations in the cells. Or, inhibit the action of the female hormone estrogen, which may trigger the growth of breast cancer cells.
But, according to medical experts, the aluminum in antiperspirant/deodorant sticks do not usually find its way into the body through the armpit. Even when a nick is present, only a trivial amount enters the body, not enough to cause to concern.
However, since 1 out of every 8 women will develop the disease during their lifetime (WebMD.com), medical experts believe there are more pressing cancer-causing factors.
Among them are diet, exercise, genetics and alcohol use, rather than the aluminum in antiperspirants and deodorants.
Therefore, at the moment, cancerous claim against aluminum has been found inclusive.
Over 50 years ago, some studies found high levels of aluminum in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
So, common household items such as aluminum cans, antacids and antiperspirants were called into question.
As stated above, however, aluminum in antiperspirant/deodorant products rarely finds its way into your system, or not enough, even when a cut is present, to warrant any worry.
But to be on the safe side, you might want to consider using an aluminum-free antiperspirant/deodorant combination.
I hope you found Fitness Friday: Are Your Beauty Products Harming You? information helpful. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on this important subject.
Until then…get it together girl!