Phthalates Found in Skin Care & Cosmetic Products and the Possible Dangers of Exposure

I can’t believe it!…

There has been evidence mounting for years through various scientific studies that Phthalates, known endocrine disruptors, found in many products, particularly personal care and cosmetics, fragrances and pacifiers are affecting semen quality, the male reproductive organs and have been found to cause genital malformations in baby boys…

o Professor Niels Skakkebaek, Research Director, Copenhagen University Hospital, in exhaustive studies, after what seemed to be a spike in the incidence of testicular cancer and sterility, found semen quality has reduced by 50% in the past 50 years. A 1996 Danish report cited testicular cancer rates had risen 400% in 60 years.

The professor was severely criticized and so sent all his data to researcher Professor Shanna Swan, Epidemiologist, Rochester University, USA, to repeat the studies. With 3 people working for 4 months the results were almost identical to the Danish findings.

o Professor Swan is quoted in the documentary “Men in Danger” as saying “there are 85,000 chemicals in commerce, most of which we know nothing about…. Their effects on carcinogenic potential, metabolism, immune system and reproductive potential…”

o The studies relating to the feminization of wildlife exposed to estrogen chemicals and compounds may effect breast growth and lactation and could have a role in uterine disease such as fibroids and endometriosis, according to McLachlan, Simpson and Martin of Tulane and Xavier universities in their 2006 study (1)

o Professor Lou Guillette, Zoologist of University of Florida, in 2 studies repeated a year apart, phthalates in low concentrations, (parts per trillion) found the chemicals caused sex reversal in fish and amphibians.

o Mexico’s National Institute of public Health led by researcher Lizbeth Lopez-Carrillo found correlation between the concentrations of certain Phthalate metabolites in the urine of breast cancer victims. Monoethyl Phthalate (MEP) was found in higher concentrations of the 233 patients with cancer than the 221 women tested who were without the disease. This suggests MEP and other phthalates induces DNA damage. It was found that certain phthalate compounds alter gene expression without altering the genetic code itself.

o Baby care products were the focus of studies by the University of Washington, led by researcher Sheela Sathyanarayana. Urine samples from babies who had baby lotion, shampoo and powder used on their skin showed the significant presence of phthalates Monoethyl phthalate (MEP) (MMP) and monoisobutyl phthalate (MiBP)

“These findings suggest that dermal exposures may contribute significantly the phthalate body burden in this population” concluded the researchers.

And still the chemical and cosmetic industry claim there is not enough scientific evidence to be concerned and therefore no danger to humans from these chemicals.

I can’t avoid thinking about the Tobacco Industry fiasco where the cigarette manufactures refused to admit there could be something sinister regarding the incidences of lung cancer linked to cigarette smoking!

So the facts are:

1. Scientific studies from researchers world wide find absorption of chemicals impact adversely on animals of many species, from mammals, fish and amphibians.

2. Various other studies find these same chemicals are absorbed by people of all ages. There is not yet enough data to convince authorities, (or they are lobbied by parties with vested interest) who should have our health and well being, to legislate against the inclusion of these chemicals in products readily available to a wide population.

To avoid risk of exposure to toxic chemicals through skin care products, look for Certified Organic products.

Be certain of the certifying labels as many cosmetic manufactures claim have organic ingredients, but also include chemicals in their products.

Major sources of phthalates are from fragrances in these products. The phthalates help the smell to linger longer after the products have been used. Fragrances can be made up of up to 400 different elements, and are not individually listed on an ingredients label.

1) Tulane and Xavier Universities, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA. john.mclachlan@tulane.edu

Finding the Most Effective Skin Care Cosmetic Products Available Out There

Who doesn’t love to have a healthy, beautiful and radiant skin? After all this is the whole reason why the market of skin care cosmetic products is in boom.

But a word of caution here. Due to this expansion in the market, there are all kinds of products out there, many of which are just not worth a try on your precious skin. They contain cheap and potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients which may actually end up causing dangerous side effects.

So, before choosing any skin care cosmetic products for your lovable skin, you have to be very cautious and sure of what you are using. The rule of thumb that I follow is to simply avoid anything that contains chemicals in it.

It is really these chemical based products only which are so infamous for causing side effects of numerous kinds. This problem is not there at all with all-natural products. These products contain 100% natural ingredients and hence are a healthy and safe option to be tried, even on sensitive skin like that under your eyes.

There was a time when people used to think that natural products are very slow in showing any results. But now things are different. More and more people are turning towards these natural creams and lotions.

The credit for this turnaround needs to go to the effectual ingredients which have been clinically tested and proven. They have been acclaimed as the best anti aging agents available today.

Cynergy TK™ is one such cutting edge natural substance. It works by stimulating the production of Collagen and Elastin skin proteins which are required to keep the skin smooth, firm and wrinkle free.

Active Manuka Honey is another one which penetrates deep into the skin and makes sure that every single layer of it is well nourished and well moist. It also has amazing healing properties and helps in quick rejuvenation of old, damaged skin cells.

Phytessence Wakame helps by providing advanced level of protection from external factors like the harmful UV radiations coming from the sun, wind, extreme cold weather etc. This protection helps in preventing any further damage to the skin and helps in keeping it healthy and strong.

The natural skin care cosmetic products containing the magical formulation of such potent ingredients is one of the best and most effective ways to take the very best care of the skin and that too without the risk of having side effects of any kind.

When such good products are already available, who would want to even try those potentially harmful chemical based skin care cosmetic products? Not me, what about you?

Skin Care Cosmetics Products For Teens

Teens have a lot of concern about their complexion and use a lot of skin care cosmetics products. They may suffer from some of the same things adults do such as dry skin, skin irritations, and dark circles around their eyes. Like us they also seek out just about anything that promises to improve their skin.

There are products that many companies use to target teens. The claims of clearing their skin within minutes and zapping away zits are not real. The maddening truth is that most products don’t work and may actually worsen skin problems. Most products on the shelves have ingredients in them that you might find in weed killer such as trilosans. Some ingredients may or are known to cause cancer such as paraben (also a preservative) and dioxane.

Talc is another ingredient that is used in cosmetics and when used on the genitalia can cause ovarian cancer. It can also create breathing problems if its inhaled. Please note it is advised that it not be used on babies. Other ingredients such as mineral oil, fragrances, and alcohols dry out your skin, disallows it to get rid of toxins and age your skin even if you are a teen. They are to be avoided. There are alternatives to chemicals, additives or preservatives.

Natural products are available that first will not harm your skin and second that they work. Natural products have no artificial additives, preservatives, and other chemicals. They may also improve your general health.

Macadamia oil and jojoba oils are good for aging skin and both contain antioxidants. They work to destroy free radicals and prevent damage to cells. Olivem 800 is an extremely purified olive oil that is used to oil free formulas for skin care cosmetics products.

A super strong skin care compound is available that is important in the support and regrowth of collagen and elastin, in tissue repair, in hydrating and moisturizing your skin.

It with other natural ingredients also heals irritated skin and can get down the seventy layer of your skin, healing it from within so to speak. It is made up of 3 active ingredients: Phytessence Wakame, Nano-lipobelle H-EQ10, and Cynergy TK. When these ingredients are present in high enough concentrations, your skin gets the most benefit.

Skin care cosmetics products should not be an irritant to our skin especially since their purpose is to heal it. If your local stores do have them you can search on the internet. Natural products are coming into their own again.