Chemicals in your cosmetics may alter your hormones

Normally our hormones change as we age especially during 30s and 40s. But hormonal imbalance may also be caused by chemicals in cosmetics. It is important to be aware of the ingredients of your skincare products. So we are going to enlist down all such chemicals that can adversely affect the hormones.

Skincare products that are used regularly contain harmful chemicals like lead, phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These all are toxins for the human body. These disrupt hormones and some of them are carcinogenic i.e. cancer-causing agents. Our bodies become exposed to these chemicals when we inhale sprays and powders accidentally, consume them from lip creams, and absorb them through skin.

When our body is exposed to chemical toxins in air, water, food, and personal care products it can undergo oxidative damage. Our skin is highly sensitive to inflammation, irritation, and dehydration which can impact our appearance adversely. EDCs (Endocrine disrupting chemicals) are one of the biggest types of toxins affecting us.

EDCs substances present in our locality, water, nourishment, and personal items that meddle with the generation, transport, breakdown, and removal of hormones. Contact with EDCs at last influences the hormonal framework and homeostasis of the body, and therefore the skin.

chemicals in cosmetics

5 Harmful ingredients found in cosmetics are:
  1. Formaldehyde:

It is a well-known carcinogen as well as an irritant that is found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, some shampoos.

  1. Fragrance/Perfume:

It is a source of toxic chemicals like phthalates that are linked to hormone-disrupting effects. It is also connected to headaches, asthma, dizziness, and allergies.

  1. Lead:

It is a recognized carcinogen and hormone disruptor that is found in specific eyeliners, hair dye, and lipsticks but hardly listed on the products because it’s a known contaminant.

  1. Mercury:

It is a recognized irritant and allergen, which is accumulated in the body over time, can result in impairment of brain and nervous system. It is found in skin lightening creams, mascara, and some eye drop as well.

  1. Parabens:

They are used as preservatives and are found in many products. A study which was published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology detected, in 2004, the presence of parabens in breast tumors and mentioned the properties of parabens which are similar to estrogen. It doesn’t mention a direct connection with cancer, but it is recommended to avoid these ingredients until research proves them safe for use.

Thus if you find these chemicals in the list of ingredients mentioned on products, you should not use them.

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