The case for using toxin free beauty products:
Did you know that over 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the blood stream? The skin is the largest organ of our body, and while many of us think of what we are putting into our bodies, many don’t think as much about what we are putting onto it. The benefits of using toxin-free beauty products are profound, and warrant consideration for every woman.
When considering pregnancy, which is a unique time to be extra safe, I often advise women to change from conventional beauty products to natural, plant based and organic versions whenever possible. However, making such a change is a personal decision for each woman.
What do I want to avoid in my beauty products?
When reviewing a product for its safety, be sure it is free of the following toxins:
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Formaldehyde (in lots of conventional lipsticks and mascaras)
- Artificial Fragrances
- DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
- DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
- DiNP (diisononyl phthalate)
- DEP (diethyl phthalate)
- BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
- DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
- DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
- DnHP (di-n-hexyl phthalate)
- DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
- DnOP (di-n-octylphthalate)
- Artificial colors
What are the risks from conventional products?
Risks abound from conventional products. Many toxins frequently added to products have been associated with endocrine-disruption, neurotoxicity and are known carcinogens. For example, did you know that conventional lipsticks and mascara frequently is laden with lead, a known neurotoxin. Phthalates are known to damage the lungs, liver, kidneys and reproductive system.
When it comes to pregnancy, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) released a joint statement in September 2013 expressing the potential fetal harm as a result of the many toxins women and thus their unborn babies are exposed to on a regular basis. A few of the many risks highlighted by the joint commission include, but are not limited to:
- Impaired fertility
- Preterm delivery
- Poor fetal growth and resultant low birth weights
- Childhood cancers
- Neurodevelopmental disorders and cognitive impairment
- Thyroid disorders
Some toxin exposures are unavoidable, like those in the air from pollution. However, many exposures can be minimized or avoided completely by changing from conventional to safer alternative products.
What beauty products are toxin-free, and safe in pregnancy but still effective?
No one wants to walk around smelling like the shower in the gym stopped working, or looking like puberty just set in (again). For this reason, my next post will reveal some of my favorite safe and effective products.
Please feel free to do your own research about products by exploring the Skin Deep website through the Environmental Working Group.