By: Zine Larbaoui (TLB Exec. Dir. of Media)
40% of cosmetics contain toxic substances!!! Foundation, nail polish, lipstick or deodorant … All can potentially cause problems in the body. According to a study by the independent rating institute Noteo, nearly 40% of health and beauty products contain at least one endocrine disruptor.
The study conducted on the basis of 15,000 beauty and hygiene products, reveals that nail polish tops all other products (74% of them contain at least one Endocrine disruptor), foundations (71%), products makeup for the eyes (51%), make-up removers (43%), lipsticks (40%), facials (38%) deodorants (36%), toothpaste (30%) and shampoos (24%).
These are chemicals that interfere with hormonal regulation of living beings. They are likely to cause, even at very low doses, a wide variety of effects, including the physiological development of individuals exposed during the intra-uterine period.
Endocrine disruptor is suspected to have an impact on fertility and to be related to the increase in the number of so-called hormone-dependent cancers, especially breast and prostate. They are found in personal care products, but also in food containers. Some products even accumulate dangerous molecules. One must notably beware of Cyclopentasiloxane (15% of health and beauty products) and parabens (23%). Some 500 drugs contain parabens in the US.
Disruptive endocrine is a molecule that mimics, blocks or modifies the action of a hormone and disrupts the normal functioning of an organism.
Endocrine disruptors can have three modes of action. They can:
-mimic the action of a hormone in their molecular structure similar to that of a natural hormone (such as bisphenol A has estrogenic properties);
-block the action of a hormone by saturating its receptor;
-interfere with the action of the hormone, as agents retardant brominated that disrupt thyroid hormones.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers endocrine disruptors as a global health threat, particularly because of their impact on fertility or neurobehavioral disorders.
Choose safe cosmetics, preferably organic. Hygiene and beauty should be more than skin deep. Be conscious of the toxic chemicals that may be in the cosmetics and toiletries you use. Some beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Ask yourself which products you can do without; the best way to avoid chemicals is to use fewer products. Each product you cut from your hygiene and beauty ritual decreases the number and quantity of chemicals to which you’re exposed.
Your body is your temple, love it and respect it, the rewards of a healthy life rest within your choices.
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