When we think about our skin, we have to realize that this is a really integral part of our overall health. We also have to realize that the skin needs protection from environmental pollutants and harmful chemicals that we commonly apply to our skin.
When we think about things such as hair care, we have to be cognizant the products we are using. There are so many chemicals found in everyday beauty products that can be incredibly damaging to our overall wellness and can interrupt the process of aging gracefully.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH.
Imagine that you are getting ready to watch your favorite TV show. You grab your remote control, press the UP button to change the channel, but the channel numbers are actually going down. You think it’s a fluke so you do it again, and they are still going in the opposite direction. This is what happens during endocrine disruption. Here’s what you need to know about how the chemicals that are in your everyday products are impacts your hormones and overall health.
What is Endocrine Disruption?
There are many chemicals that can interfere with our hormones and overall wellness for our endocrine system. This system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate things like metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood to name a few. Endocrine disrupters are chemicals that can impact these functions within the endocrine system.
What causes Endocrine Disruption?
These chemicals are found in the products you use everyday, including plastic bottles, tupperware containers, detergents, some foods, pesticides and many cosmetics. They are also slow to break down in the environment, which can make them even more dangerous overtime. Just this week, a report was published in the Lancelot that explained the link between these endocrine disrupting chemicals and the substantial cost to society in terms of disease-states, as many of these toxins and chemicals that are found in commonly used products. Health and beauty products are commonly classified as carcinogens, meaning that they are cancer-causing. These chemicals are not well regulated and companies are not required to disclose these chemical ingredients they are using in their products.
The report in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal was published by multiple departments from New York University, University Grenoble Alpes in France, and The Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research in Japan. A summery of this research states, “There has been an increase in studies in humans of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and a deepened understanding of their effects on human health. Evidence is particularly strong from relations between perfluoroalkyl substances (heat resistant chemicals) and child and adult obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, gestational diabetes, reduced birth weight, reduced semen quality, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and breast cancer.”
What Are The Safe Ingredients and Harmful Chemicals In Common Beauty Products?
Did you know that we absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply on our skin? Yes, it is true! Anything you are putting on your skin is being absorbed into your body and into your bloodstream. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is permeable, meaning it allows liquids or gases to pass through it. It is likely that your daily go-to skin care products are loaded with harmful toxins and chemicals that could be affecting your health negatively. We may not notice immediate reactions to these products, but overtime the toxic burden can slowly build up in our bodies.
Here are the ingredients commonly found in generic skin care products that can disrupt your endocrine system over time. Below you will also find superior ingredients that offer health benefits that go below and beyond your skin.
Other Key Topics
- The relationship between disease states and chemicals, including diabetes and PCOS
- Fertility issues caused by chemicals
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Your body is constantly producing or taking in toxins. Normally, your body is equipped to handle this through your innate detoxification systems but, years ago, we passed a tipping point where many of us are taking in more toxins than we can get rid of.
You likely have been exposed to scores of chemicals in personal hygiene and beauty products. These toxins are being absorbed through your skin are causing damage to your breast health. Jerry Hickey, Ph. brings you what you need to know in Episode 29.
Did you know that we absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply on our skin? Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is permeable, meaning it allows liquids or gases to pass through it. It is likely that your daily go-to skin care products are loaded with harmful toxins and chemicals that could be affecting your health negatively. While you may not notice immediate reactions to these products, overtime the toxic burden can slowly build up in our bodies. This is especially true when it comes to your deodorant.
Deodorant works by inhibiting your body’s natural secretion of toxins, or simply, blocking the pores in your armpits and clogging your skin follicles so you don’t sweat as much (and smell as much). But here’s the problem, when you inhibit your body from working as it is supposed to, you are actually hurting it. On top of that, the ingredients in commonly used deodorants can cause further damage.
Dangerous Ingredients in Deodorants
Here’s are the toxins lurking in your deodorant, according to the National Cancer Institute.
- Aluminum is added to deodorant to block your pores from sweating. Many studies have shown it to interfere with your bodies ability to process hormones like estrogen. (1)
- Parabens are preservatives that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells, which is why it is commonly used in deodorants. This chemical disrupts hormonal balances. (2)
- Triclosan is used an an antibacterial agent and preservative. As of December 2017, it has been issued under the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations final rule, which states that “certain active ingredients in over-the-counter antiseptics used in health care setting are not considered generally recognized as safe and effective due to insufficient data.” (3)
- Propylene Glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water, according to the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The agency also notes “frequent skin exposure to propylene glycol can sometimes irritate the skin.” It is also used to make artificial smoke and mists, like what is used during fire safety training and concerts. (4)
Natural Ingredients for Deodorant
The good news is that not all deodorants contain these toxic ingredients. Using a natural deodorant with ingredients like Aloe vera can actually help to rid your underarms of irritation and inflammation. Here are some ingredients that can still provide you with the same benefits of your current deodorant, without the chemicals and long lasting side effects.
- Rice Flour has been used for centuries, especially in Asian cultures and cosmetics. Its main benefit is its ability to retain water and oils.†
- Aloe Vera is a pant extract that has soothing, antioxidant properties and provides hydration for the skin.†
- Apple Cider Vinegar contains malic acid, which makes for a great, natural antibacterial ingredient.†
- Witch Hazel is a commonly used plant extract that has both antioxidant and soothing properties.†
- Lavender Oil has been found in studies to be a natural antibacterial ingredient (plus, it smells great!).†
- Tea Tree Leaf Oil is an antibacterial and has been shown to benefit irritated, inflamed skin.†
- Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, used as a free-radical scavenger.†