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Is Your Makeup Killing You? Reverse The Damage!
It’s not surprising that cosmetics is a multibillion dollar industry. The desire to make ourselves look our best so we can improve how others perceive us and attract a mate is one of the most powerful instincts we have. It’s what leads billions of people, particularly young women, to purchase all manner of cosmetic goods to enhance beauty. But new research shows that many common makeup items may have harmful ingredients that can contribute to the disruption of vital functions in your body. Keep reading to find out what the facts are, how you can reverse the damage (it’s easier than you think!), and how to make smart decisions when it comes to cosmetics.
There are many chemicals with potentially harmful effects that are used in cosmetic products, but some of the most common include the following.
These chemicals are used as a preservative to inhibit the growth of mold, bacteria, and other undesirable things in deodorant, facial cleaners, and makeup. Unfortunately, paraben also appears to have carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties. Paraben has been shown to mimic the chemical properties of the female hormone estrogen and has been linked to a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Biopsy results uncovered traces of these chemicals in patients with breast tumors.
This antimicrobial chemical is used in many brands of antibacterial soap, deodorant, and toothpaste. Triclosan is widely regarded as a having endocrine disrupting properties. The fact that its antibacterial properties are contributing to making the few bacteria that do survive stronger should also be cause for concern.
These are used in many different cosmetic products to prevent the growth of bacteria. Some people experience allergic reactions after skin exposure to it, and it also can weaken the immune system. But the major risk of formaldehydes is that they too are considered a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens. Formaldehydes are commonly found in eye shadows, nail polish, shampoos, and conditioners.
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