Many women use cosmetic products on a daily basis to show their best, but in fact, these products may not be as safe as they think! Experts are questioning the health risks associated with certain ingredients in everyday make-up and other cosmetic products. Explanations.
On average, a woman uses 10 cosmetics a day, which exposes her directly to 126 chemical ingredients that are often classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, neurotoxic substances. Almost all make-up currently sold on the market contains paraben, but also several other substances. So what are the health hazards of these products and how can they be avoided?
What are our cosmetic products made of?
Contrary to the guidelines on food, beverages, and medicines set up by health organizations around the world, the safety rules governing cosmetic products are not as strict. This means that it is up to the consumer to become a label reader and to be aware of ingredients in make-up and other beauty products that pose significant potential health risks. Here are some of the most common and controversial of these chemicals:
Phthalates are used to make products softer and are found in toys, food, and some cosmetics, such as nail polish and soap.
In the United States, research published in Environmental Health Perspectives aimed to measure the level of this substance in the bodies of cosmetic users, it turned out that women who had high levels of phthalates in their urine were at high risk of diabetes.
Phthalates may also pose other health risks, including low hormone levels and small genitalia in men whose mothers were exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy.