Since the advent of petroleum ingredients in the mid 1900’s, chemicals have been proliferated throughout our world. The practice of using some substances with the assumption that it was safe until proven otherwise became routine. Only limited research has been done on many of the chemicals that can be legally used in cosmetics.
There are three types of chemicals that are of particular concern. These are commonly found in skin care products and cosmetics:
1) chemicals that cause cancer or damage our DNA
2) endocrine disrupting chemicals or hormone disruptor which interfere with our hormonal systems
3) persistent organic pollutants that won’t dissipate in our body or the environment and accumulate and cause increased exposure levels over time
There is growing concern that daily exposure to a combination of toxic chemicals found in most cosmetics, skin care and personal care products could result in detrimental long term health effects.
“Personal care products expose children to an average of 60 chemicals every day that they can breathe in or absorb through their skin.”
Environmental Working Group