Did you know that thousands of toxic and harmful ingredients may be added to your beauty products? Chemicals that are linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive defects, allergies, immunotoxicity, and hormone imbalances. It’s sad that here in the U.S. there is no regulation of the ingredients allowed to be used in cosmetics as it is in other countries. If you could choose products that were safer for your overall health, would you?
So you know the chemical formaldehyde that was used to preserve the frogs you dissected in Science class? Well that is just one ingredient that is used in many beauty products. It’s also used in the shell of the breast implants I just had removed from my body which were causing illness. Did you know there is a specific lymphoma cancer associated with breast implants? I am so thankful I had them removed and my tissue tested negative for the cancer.
Formaldehyde is a flammable gas, a carcinogen that is linked to causing cancer. It's liquid form is used in beauty products to help with the preservation of the cosmetics and prevent bacterial growth. The popular "Brazilian Blowout" hair smoothing system has been under scrutiny by the FDA for having high levels of formaldehyde causing symptoms such as nose bleeds and migraines in women working in the salons. This is just one of many thousands of chemicals that could be in your beauty products.
Now let's talk hormones. I have said many times, "guys have it so easy!" But us women and our hormone changes...no fair and no fun! Well we may be causing hormone imbalances i our bodies without even knowing it. One of the biggest types of toxins is endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which interfere with the production, transport, breakdown, binding and elimination of hormones. Exposure to EDCs ultimately affects the hormonal system and homeostasis of the body, and thus the skin. Many ingredients in common name-brand and even "natural" beauty products are known to mimic estrogen in the body causing estrogen dominance. Too much estrogen is then circulating in the body, and then the excess estrogen can be stored in fat cells. I know myself personally have dealt with fertility issues for many years as well as having uterine fibroids and increased endometrium. These female issues can be linked to overabundance of estrogen in the body. In men, the hormonal imbalance can affect testosterone level, low sperm count, and poor sperm health. See, those men don't get off that easily!! Some known "xenoestrogens"(this is only a few out of hundreds):
Parabens, Phthalates, 4-Methylbenzylidene (4-MBC), Petrochemicals (petroleum by-products), Lead, Triclosan.
Women are at the greatest risk for toxin build-up. So again, us women are the unlucky ones. Can you guess why??
Fat. The female body contains more fat than the male body and the fat cells produce estrogen and store excess estrogen and toxins. Estrogens are also pro-inflammatory so excess estrogen can cause or make inflammatory conditions worse, including autoimmune related conditions such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and even miscarriages.
Goodness, I could go on and on about this topic as I am starting to be even more educated and proactive about the toxic chemicals we use on a daily basis that could be affecting our health. I am on a mission to not only start making the necessary changes to my life, but also to educate and raise awareness to the public as well. So just ask yourself, if there is a healthier alternative to the beauty products you are currently using, would you swap them out to reduce your risk of cancer, hormone imbalances, inflammation, and decreased immunity? #womenempoweringwomen