I’ve known about this for years, but if you haven’t heard the horror stories, you should know more about what is in your beauty products. It doesn’t matter if it is some form of Paraben, Phthalates, or a Petro-Chemical, none of them are good for our bodies. What most people don’t realize is that 60% of what you put on your body, ends up in your body.
Let’s start with Parabens. Whenever you can, avoid products that contain methylparaben, propylparaben , n-propylparaben, or anything that has paraben in the name. According to the BreastCancerFund.org, “Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as antimicrobial preservatives in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products, including underarm deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract… Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors (Darbre, 2004).” Did you catch that? They said “through intact skin”! Parabens have been found in breast cancer tissue and your body absorbs it through intact skin. Many times it can be through deodorant but it is in your body lotions too.
Phthalates are found in large group of common products that include cosmetics, plastics, baby care products, pharmaceuticals, cleaning materials, etc. Phthalates are hormone disruptors and a known carcinogen. One of the most widely known ingredients to the nail industry is Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP). If you remember DBP is one of the ingredients that have been removed in nail polishes that are considered “Three Free”
Petro-Chemicals are derived from petroleum. When you look at the ancient Greek etymology of the word Petroleum, it means “rock oil”. Petroleum products can generate 1,4-dioxane which is a known carcinogen and can also cause harm to the kidneys, respiratory system and is a neurotoxicant.
If you go back to the rule, “60% of what you put on your body, ends up in your body” and we all know that our bodies process food and water. This, when placed on the skin can be processed by the body, but non-food/non-water will be processed as a toxin. If your body can recognize it as a possible food group, then your body will take what it needs and dispose of the rest as it does naturally, anything else will be processed as a toxin. The best way I can recommend a product is if you can recognize the ingredient by a common name, it is better for you than if it is not. Weigh out the ingredients to see how much sounds like a natural ingredient. Do your research . And remember, 60 % of what you put in your body, ends up in your body. If your body can look at the ingredients like a food group, you are doing well!
For more information on breast cancer findings and petroleum, check out these websites.