Switching to more natural cosmetics, even for a few days, has proven to lower levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in women. Occasionally we find an especially valuable article we feel obligated to share.
The article discusses a study by a group of researchers who observed the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on a group of teenage women. The women substituted their usual cosmetics for products with fewer chemical ingredients. After just three days, the levels of EDCs in the body decreased significantly. An article in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal reported that evidence was so strong, it led one researcher to switch their own beauty products for organic, when possible.
What’s an EDC?
This study defined endocrine disrupting chemicals as phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone, but there are many other EDCs present in household items and inorganic food. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences claims that EDCs may be linked to cancer cell growth, fertility problems, and neurobehavioral disorders. Early research also shows that EDCs may pose the largest risk prenatal and early postnatal organ and neural system development.
Choose Cleaner, Safer Makeup
Studies like this both concern and excite us because they provide scientific evidence to support our mindset all along. We started Cate McNabb Cosmetics because we believed in the power of prevention. If eliminating makeup with unsafe ingredients was a small step to improve our long-term health, we knew we had to take it. In the words of the study’s lead author, Kim Harley: “Sometimes it’s worth taking a precautionary approach, especially if there are easy changes people can make in the products they buy.”
Preservatives and harsh chemicals may cut production cost, but they take a toll on your skin and your health. We’re proud to say that our makeup includes none of the endocrine disrupting chemicals listed above, and we’re constantly looking for ways to even further improve our natural formula.
More Non-Toxic Lifestyle Choices
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals aren’t unique to the beauty industry. They’re hidden in countless household items, and produce the same negative effects. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your family safe from harmful chemicals, we’d start by throwing out your plastic food containers. While we assume these plastics are “safe,” the truth is that there is very little scientific evidence about the health effects of these mutated plastics. Technically, these items aren’t safe, they simply haven’t been proven to be unsafe. However, phthalates and BPA are found in many plastics, and are consistently linked to brain and behavior changes, cancer, and reproductive issues. For a small way to avoid these chemicals, steer clear of toys, containers, and plastic wrap marked with recycling label #3.
A common endocrine disruptor called bisphenol A, or BPA, is found in most food packaging. BPA exposure has been linked to a scary list of health issues, including chromosomal and reproductive abnormalities, cardiovascular damage, cancer, and resistance to chemotherapy. The problem is that almost all canned food in the United States is lined with BPA. To limit your exposure, eat fresh and organic foods. It may be slightly less convenient, but your body will thank you.
From makeup to household products, it’s best to think about the big picture when making healthy choices. If safer methods produce the same results, why not make the switch?