The Truth About Chemical-Filled Skincare Products: Debunking the Myths and Educating on the Risks
On our continuing journey on myths and risks of chemical skin care ingredients, we delve deeper today into the commonly used synthetic: Phthalates. This week’s part three of a five-week series will help explain just how harmful phthalates are. They are typically used in most chemical-filled skin care products, so it is important to learn the dangers they may pose to our health and skin.
Phthalates are completely man-made, synthetic chemicals that are found in everything from skin care to nail polish. They are usually added to fragrant lotions, body washes, hair care treatments, and color cosmetics. This toxic, synthetic chemical is used in skin care to increase the spreadability of the lotion or cream. They are also often found in moisturizers because they help with the absorption of the product.
While phthalates may increase absorption and spreadability, they are also highly disruptive to the body’s natural cycles and a natural alternative should be used instead. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Because of this, after years of research, scientists can conclude that they can lead to harm throughout the body.
They also have increased developmental and reproductivity toxicity, making it especially dangerous for pregnant women to use anything containing phthalates. For these reasons, phthalates have been linked to cancers, birth defects, infertility, thyroid problems, asthma, heart issues, and problems regarding birth such as preeclampsia.
Not only are they especially dangerous to the body, but they also cause a wide array of issues to the environment. They can be washed down pipes after we use them on our skin and then be found in ponds, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Phthalates are causing damage to freshwater algae, marine life, and the nutrients found in soil.
A significant loophole in current federal law means that phthalates can be included as a fragrance without it being disclosed on the ingredient label. This means consumers are unknowingly adding this harmful chemical to their skin without their knowledge. If they are listed on the label, you could recognize them by the listings: DEP, DBP, DEHP, Fragrance, or just Phthalates.
Now more than ever it is vital to check whether your skin care contains harmful ingredients such as phthalates. These artificial chemicals come with a myriad of health risks while causing more harm than good to the skin. Choose only the best for your skin and your health. All-natural, alive, and fresh ingredients work wonders to brighten and revitalize your skin.