Do you have a teenage daughter who loves to use conventional makeup? Maybe the latest shampoo and conditioner she saw advertised on TV? Or, that face cream she saw her best friend dabble on? It might be hard to talk her out of some of her favorite products, but educating her now on the effects of common brands will help her switch to safer ones. She’ll thank you later. 😉
Females using products that don’t contain common chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone, can have a large drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are within the body, according to a recent study. Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, says “Teen girls may be at particular risk“—especially those using brands containing common chemicals, because they are going through “a time of rapid reproductive development. Research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”
Harley, along with other researchers, performed a study on 100 Latina teenagers who were given chemical-free products to use. After just three days, they saw significant drops in common toxins within their bodies that are found in many cosmetics. Here were the results:
• 44% drop in Methyl and propyl parabens (preservatives)
• 27% drop in metabolites of diethyl phthalate (used in perfumes)
• 36% drop in triclosan and benzophenone-3
The purpose of the study was to create awareness about the type of cosmetics they are using with the hope that they’ll switch to safer (by reading those labels!) It’s never too late!
Switch to Safer
Not all personal care products list their ingredients on the label, so it’s best to contact the manufacture and request an ingredient list in case they don’t mention any. Keep in mind, not all brands that label their products “natural” or “organic” are actually free of harmful toxins. Again, check the label! As an advocate of switching to safer, I always recommend choosing Beautycounter. The label and research tells it all.