When you’re buying cosmetics, whether it be shampoo, body wash, lotion, makeup etc., you’re probably choosing products based on what they promise to do. However, a Collective Evolution refers to a new study to show that you should be thinking about long term, especially for girls at a developmental stage.
A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas has demonstrated how taking even a short break from personal care products and cosmetics can cause a substantial drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.
The results were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.The researchers gave 100 Latina teenagers various personal care products that were labelled free of phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These are usually in almost all conventional personal care products. Animal studies have shown that these chemicals directly interfere with the body’s endocrine system.
“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals,” said study lead author Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health.
“Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”’
After a three day trial where the participants were using products that were free or lower in chemicals, their urine samples showed a significant drop in the chemical levels too.
Methyl and propyl parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. This dropped by 44-45%.
Metabolites of diethyl phthalate, used in perfumes, dropped by 27% and both triclosan and benzophenone-3 fell 36%.
“One of the goals of our study was to create awareness among the participants of the chemicals found in everyday products, to help make people more conscious about what they’re using,” said Cárdenas. “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”
You should check the labels on all the products you purchase.
Use beauty brands such as Dr. Hauschka who are animal cruelty-free, natural, organic and certified to NATRUE and BDIH standards and free of synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives, mineral oils, parabens, silicones and PEGs.
NZ brand Oasis create natural skin care products that are dedicated for people with sensitive skin. They’re also animal lovers and don’t test on animals.
Evolu is also a beautiful ethical brand free of parabens, petrochemicals, minerals, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colours or fragrances, and no animal ingredients other than beeswax.
As for cosmetics, we’re currently digging Bella Vi as they provide mineral makeup which is cruelty free, paraben free, dermatologically tested for sensitive skin and certified organic by ECOSMETICA. Their liquid foundation is super velvety and seriously good.
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