Could Your Cosmetics Be Contributing To Your Hormonal Imbalance?

January 29, 2018

A DEEPER LOOK - I EVALUATED MY OWN COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS. YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT I FOUND.

As a nutritionist, I often preach about the benefits of choosing the most optimal foods for weight loss, digestive health, and hormonal balance. What can often be overlooked, however, is how what we are putting ON to our bodies on a daily basis is affecting our health.

While proper diet and supplementation are amazing ways to help improve a person’s state of health, our external environment plays a large role too. 

Toxic entries into the body include the skin, lungs, digestive tract, bloodstream, endocrine system and nervous system. 

Roughly 60% of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our body’s, and within 26 seconds these chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream. What’s more terrifying is that nearly 90% of the chemicals that are in our cosmetics and skin care products have not been tested against human health. 

 

 
Chemical exposure can begin even before birth as a study conducted by the Centre of Disease Control found 287 chemical toxins within the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies. This is before we are born! Over our lifetime, think about how many more chemicals we are exposed to. Before the average woman leaves the house in the morning she has already slathered herself in hundreds of toxic chemicals. 

What are the effects of these chemicals?

  • Endocrine (hormone) disruption

  • reproductive damage

  • lung irritants

  • skin irritants

  • carcinogens

  • immunotoxicity


For argument's sake, I wanted to dig deeper into my own cupboards and see exactly what I was exposing myself too, in the past and in the present. I used one of my favourite apps, “Think Dirty” which rates products from 0-10 based on their ingredients and their effects. 0 being the most neutral or safe and 10 being the most “dirty”. 

Herbal Essence Moroccan Conditioner - rated a 9 on the think dirty app. This product scored highest in DEVElOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY.  The ingredient “FRAGRANCE” contributed most to this score. Fragrance/parfum is applicable to manufacturers who label fragrance with no clear company policy or whether they use synthetic or all-natural fragrances. The major concern with fragrance is that it is not required by law to disclose the individual ingredients used to produce it. Therefore, many fragrance ingredients which are harmful can be omitted from the label such as phthalates (think dirty). 

 

 

Clean and Clear Moisturizer - rated a 9 on the think dirty app. This product scored highest in DEVElOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY. The ingredients “BHT” and “FRAGRANCE” contributed most to this score. BHT is used in a wide number of products as an antioxidant and to mask unpleasant flavours or scents. It is also used as a preservative in personal care and food products. Health impacts include possible endocrine disruptor, tumour production, organ system toxicity, mild irritant, causing redness and itchiness when in contact with eyes and skin. 

Batiste Batiste Dry Shampoo - rated a 9 on the think dirty app. This product scored highest in CARCINOGENICITY AND DEVELOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY. Parfum and TALC contributed most to this score. TALC is used as an absorbent and anti-caking agent in cosmetics. Health impacts include respiratory and skin irritation, possible ovarian cancer carcinogen, and carcinogen in lab studies. 

 

 

Clean and Clear Moisturizer - rated a 9 on the think dirty app. This product scored highest in DEVElOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY. The ingredients “BHT” and “FRAGRANCE” contributed most to this score. BHT is used in a wide number of products as an antioxidant and to mask unpleasant flavours or scents. It is also used as a preservative in personal care and food products. Health impacts include possible endocrine disruptor, tumour production, organ system toxicity, mild irritant, causing redness and itchiness when in contact with eyes and skin. 

Batiste Batiste Dry Shampoo - rated a 9 on the think dirty app. This product scored highest in CARCINOGENICITY AND DEVELOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY. Parfum and TALC contributed most to this score. TALC is used as an absorbent and anti-caking agent in cosmetics. Health impacts include respiratory and skin irritation, possible ovarian cancer carcinogen, and carcinogen in lab studies. 

 

Combine this overexposure to hormone-disrupting xenoestrogens with a sluggish liver, constipation, and lack of exercise and you are basically asking for a slew of hormonal problems. 

I dealt with these symptoms for YEARS before I had the opportunity to study Holistic Nutrition and become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.

It is, for this reason, I felt passionate about creating my first detox Ebook: FRESH START - 14-DAY HOLISTIC DETOX. Which teaches you how to detox all areas of your life for improved health, hormonal balance, longevity and weight loss. 

Visit the Shop section on my website to learn more about this ebook!

 

 

 

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