What are you putting on your skin? Is it something natural and toxin-free or is it something that is actuallycausing real harm to your body? While teens are deciding what color to use, hot pink for toenails, sparkly lips or purple eyelids, they could be unknowingly exposing themselves to harmful chemicals. It’s a fact, they probably are.
Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.
Adolescent girls typically experiment with lots of different body care products which may be potentially toxic to their bodies. In a teen study participants used an average of nearly 17 personal care products each day, while the average adult woman uses just 12 products daily.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Laboratory tests reveal adolescent girls across America are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products.
They detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families – phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks – in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls aged 14-19. These tests feature first-ever exposure data for parabens in teens, and indicate that young women are widely exposed to this common class of cosmetic preservatives, with 2 parabens, methylparaben and propylparaben, detected in every single girl tested.
Parabens, mimic the activity of estrogen and have been linked to female-specific disorders including breast cancer. While individual products may have low amounts of parabens, they are found in many products.
A book I highly recommend you read is Not Just a Pretty Face. When Malkan was researching her book on the cosmetic industry, she looked at all the products she used as a teenager. “There was makeup, face cream, skin lotion, hair products, perm, hair gel, and hair spray. A lot of them have the same chemicals, like parabens.
There were two dozen exposures to parabens in my morning routine.” Paraben has been found in breast cancer tissue!
A controversy you need to be concerned with is “lead in lipstick”. Consumer advocate group The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found small amounts of lead in lipsticks over a year ago nail polish may be one of the most toxic products of all.
As parents & consumers it’s important to get involved in lobbying the government and FDA to start regulating these ingredients.