Toxic chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone, present in most cosmetics such as soap, creams, shampoo, conditioners, and other hair products, interfere with the endocrine system by altering our hormone levels.
Many other studies show that the accumulation of these toxic chemicals increases the probability of suffering from some types of cancer, especially in women, since they use these products more frequently and in quantity.
Teens are also at risk, explained Kim Harley, associate director of the Center for Health and Environment Research at the University of Berkeley
“According to our study, today's teens have become a high-risk population. Because, due to their hormonal changes and their interests to live and adapt to adult life, our study determines that they start cosmetic treatment at an early age and that they use more cosmetic products per day than an adult woman ”.
A drastic reduction
With a simple urinalysis and three days away from chemical cosmetics, samples from three teenagers showed a drastic drop in blood toxins.
Parabens fell between 44-45%, diethyl phthalate 27%, and both tricotan and benzophenone 36%.
Another of the most striking aspects of this experiment is that the study subjects, all of them adolescents, have participated in the design and implementation.
The objective was to involve them not only in carrying out the analyzes, but to make them agents that contribute to the improvement of their health and that of the community.
“After understanding how chemicals affect their health and how they decrease if cosmetics are not used, the participants took it upon themselves to educate other friends and community members. They even presented the case to the Sacramento legislators. In this way we not only carry out scientific research but also create social awareness about this problem ”.
How to reduce our levels of toxic chemicals
First of all, we must check the labels of the cosmetic products that we have or are going to acquire and determine if they include phthalates, parabens, triclosan or oxybenzone in their composition. And if so, avoid them.
We can also choose to buy natural and organic products for our personal hygiene. Of course, we will have to check all the labels again and go to a reputed brand because, as you will see, the terms "natural" and "organic" are not always used correctly.
It is true that chemical-free products are generally more expensive, so you can consider making your own at home. There are hundreds of tutorials with which to create your own natural hygiene products, something that is not only economical, but also allows us to be 100% sure of its ingredients.
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