We always say that health is wealth. Truly, natural has always been the way advised. Man has lived by natural means long before and has never gotten as sick as they have today. Due to changing lifestyle and speed of how we live our lives, we have resorted to over the counter options that are convenient but are they really good for the long term?
We will examine each chemical and together, let’s discover the risks they have on the largest organ of the body: our skin.
Sunscreens started it all. Nanoparticles were used primarily as screen blockers. What were used before are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which were safer to use than other chemical counterparts, and considered effective. Consumer feedback, however, said that the users didn’t like the white residue on the skin after application.
The result is, producers kept on reducing the size of the particles until they became more transparent. Having addressed the concern of the residue, by shrinking it small enough to be unseen, it made the nanoparticles have the ability to enter the cells and become toxic. They likewise invade blood systems and become part of the circulating foreign materials inside the body. Makeup and anti aging products are likewise using this technology.
Nanoparticle is considered the most hazardous development in the cosmetics field and personal care.
Another sunscreen ingredient on the list is oxybenzone. It is defined as a broad-spectrum chemical, which means it provides skin protection from both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Research shows that the skin can absorb it. Sweden is one country, which banned its use.
Toxicology experts report that it becomes an endocrine disruptor and is linked to cell damage and cancer on the skin. Given its poor skin tolerance, it is known to cause allergenic reactions to the skin.
This chemical is a petroleum-based compound, which is used mainly as product thickeners. It is also used as solvents, softeners, and moisture carriers.
Contamination with a known skin carcinogen, the chemical ethelene oxide is considered possible thus it is toxic. With 1,4 dioxane, a by-product of a petrochemical process called ethyoxylation, the possibility of harming the nervous system is highly possible.
It is linked with liver and bladder cancer in animals.
These are compounds used in the plastic production, which make them soft and pliable. Commonly referred to as plasticizers. It has been widely used in cosmetics, fragrances, alcohol production and personal care. They help for fragrances to last longer by clinging on the skin longer. If you take a closer look on perfume ingredients list, they are labeled as fragrance.
Phthalates are also considered endocrine disruptors. They may alter genital development, induce infertility, sperm count decrease, and testicular cancer increase in men. These effects are from long-term use of this chemical component. As they are part of shampoo bottles, they end up contaminating the product itself.
When they are washed away in the drains, they negatively impact marine life once they end up in the oceans and the seas.
Hair gels, hairsprays, shampoos/conditioners, soaps, and perfumes are the most popular products to use phthalates. Others are deodorants, nail polish, and air fresheners.
Synthetic preservatives are the category used for parabens. Mainly used in food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They maintain the stability of skincare products while stopping the growth of bacteria, molds, and fungus. As preservative they prolong the product shelf life and makes it last longer in the counters.
Breast tumors are the findings from widespread and long-term exposure to parabens. The accumulation in the breast tissue and fat cells induce breast cancer risk.