Endocrine - disrupting chemicals or EDCS , can be found cleverly hidden in the ingredient list of most of your personal care products eg shampoo - lotion - skincare - makeup. An endocrine disruptor is any chemical that interferes with your normal hormone functions. I really started to become aware of the toxicity of skincare products when I was pregnant and started to explore alternatives.
As a trained cosmeceutical skin therapist I have spent years working with different skincare companies. Cosmeceutical skin care products represent a marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are topically applied, but they contain ingredients that influence the biological function of the skin. Cosmeceuticals improve appearance, but they do so by delivering nutrients necessary for healthy skin. Cosmeceuticals rapidly changed the way we can treat the skin. I lapped up these wonderous little bottles and shared them excitedly with all my clients. Natural Skincare products rapidly fell into decline in salons as we fell in love with the new bigger and bolder sexy skincare and all its wonderous claims.
I’m not anti cosmeceutical by any means but we must look carefully at the ingredients .. lets look at one of my favorite ingredients Retinol as an example…
In conventional beauty products, there’s no transparency about BHT in retinoids; even the raw-material suppliers often don’t know whether their retinols contain BHT, and so it can show up in formulas that don’t list it on the label.
Clean retinols, by contrast, insist on transparency—and on no BHT. You can extract retinol from rosehips, which are rich in vitamins and achieve the skincare benefits of retinol by using plants with high retinol content. Rosehip is an incredible ingredient because the high vitamin-A and retinoic-acid content provides skin with retinol benefits—the retinoic acid slow-releases as the retinol in the formula is being converted into retinoic acid within the skin—without some of their unpleasant effects such as severe drying. I use this ingredient in our Renew Face Oil alongside many other cold pressed plant oils such as pomegranate seed oil - This powerful face oil will fight free radical damage in your skin in a non toxic way resulting in skin that is superbly hydrated and infused with radiance-bestowing vitamins and plumping botanical extracts without any chemicals.
Common Ingredients to avoid in your Personal Skin Care Products.
Fragrance or Perfume : Commonly found they have hormone-disrupting effects. Fragrance is also connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma and allergies. Instead, use products with natural fragrances only such as Aromatherapy.
Lead: A known carcinogen and hormone disruptor found in certain kohl eyeliners, hair dye and lipsticks.
Mercury: A known irritant and allergen found in preservatives used in eye products that, with body accumulation over time, can impair the brain and nervous system.
Parabens (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl- and Isobutyl-): Used as preservatives in many products. A study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2004 detected parabens in breast tumors and discussed their estrogen-like properties. While this doesn’t create a direct connection with cancer, I recommend avoiding these ingredients.
Oxybenzone: An active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cellular damage. I recommend wearing skin-protective clothing and using natural minerals or zinc products.
DEA/TEA/MEA (Ethanolamines): Used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps and topical application. It’s been associated with cancer in animal studies.
Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body.
Diethylene glycol (or DEG): A central nervous system depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin. Sometimes found in fragrances. Glycerin and propylene glycol are sometimes contaminated with DEG, which are common ingredients in personal care products.
Aside from checking your beauty-product labels, diet and exercise should play vital roles in your wellness regimen. Drink at least 2/3 litres of water to stay hydrated and help your body naturally flush out toxins that might otherwise show up on your skin. Naturally occurring toxins that build up in the body can adversely impact one’s health, hormones, looks and overall well-being.
I also love a good cleanse program, such as a purification program, seasonally to eliminate inflammation and improve wellbeing. I am currently doing an Ayurvedic Cleanse which I will share with you when Im finished.
If you are having skin issues or any concerns with hormonal imbalance symptoms you should visit your GP. Testing will allow your health care professional to find the best way to balance your hormones.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it absorbs whatever you apply to it.. l will leave you with a simple thought if you wouldn’t eat the ingredients, then why would you put onto your precious skin..
Become your own Wellness Warrior ,