Almost all the people I have met are interested in the way they are looking. We want to look younger, with a firmer and lighter skin that covers all traces of our age and for this we tend to apply all kind of skin care products hoping that we will find the perfect cream for all this. But there are some risks we have to take in consideration concerning our health. As I already said in main presentation, there are a few statistic over internet that sustain that our skin absorbs around 60% of what we use on. In our days, in this open market that we have, with dozens of brands from we can choose our daily products, we can talk about an exposure to lots of chemicals used in cosmetic industry. I found an exhaustive list of ingredients depending of category here:
We are lucky enough to have an amazing immune system that fights for us day by day to keep us safe.
What happens when we are daily exposed? One parts of the chemicals breaks the skin barrier and goes in our bloodstream. After this point, some chemicals can be filtered and eliminated via bodily fluids and some part will enter in our circulatory system, that transports substances to and from all the cells.
Of course there are some variables that can make the difference:
The health of the skin, if the skin is wounded or affected by eczema or psoriasis
Thicker the skin the smallest quantity of chemicals is absorbed
The amount of chemicals we are exposed to.
The most dangerous chemicals that it’s a must to avoid, are these:
Parabens: can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. The preservatives are used in many cosmetics to increase their shelf-life.
Phthalates: are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. Phthalates are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.
Synthetic musks: these are chemicals used in personal care product fragrances. They are rarely listed on the label, since fragrance ingredients are often not disclosed.These are linked to hormone disruption and are thought to persist and accumulate in breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, and the environment.
In shops I see lots of people who grab the cheapest product and put it in the cart. We have to stop being so ignorant when about our health. It’s in our favor to make a habit from reading labels and ingredients, leave the beautiful design on second place. I hope people will start to open more to organic products: food, drinks and skin care products and understand their benefits for our health.