?Why beauty/hygiene products during Breast Cancer Awareness week?
Knowing what ingredients are in the beauty and hygiene products that we’re rubbing into our skin are just as important as knowing the ingredients that are in our food!
Parabens are used in beauty products as a preservative. They’re found on the label in words that end in -paraben. For example, ethylparaben, butylparaben, etc.
Parabens are possible endocrine disrupters due to their ability to mimic estrogen. (1)
The CSC cites a 2004 British study that detected traces of 5 parabens in the breast tumor 19 out of 20 women studied. “This small study does not prove a causal relationship between Parabens and breast cancer, but it is important because it detected the presence of intact parabens-unaltered by the bodies metabolism- which is an indication of the chemicals ability to penetrate skin and remain in breast tissue.” (1)
Phthalates are also a known endocrine disrupter. They are used to help fragrances last longer (and can be 20% or more of the product when listed as fragrance!)
Phthalates have been linked to early puberty and early puberty has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in women. (2,3)
One type of phthalate, DEHP, was shown to have a “Significantly positive association” for a breast cancer risk. (4)
Today there are so many better choice beauty/hygiene products on the market. Find those products that nourish your skin and body. Those full of vitamins and antioxidants.