Beware, There Toxins in Cosmetics

Some cosmetics contain harmful materials that are used to it can be absorbed into the body. A study carried out Environmental Working Group (EWG) on blood and urine samples in 20 young women aged 14-19 years showed that it contains hazardous materials. Most of the triggers of cancer, some can affect the hormonal balance.

In the researchers identified no fewer than 16 kinds of harmful compound is believed to have originated from either powder cosmetics, perfume and so on. To-16 hazardous materials are then classified into 4 groups. Quoted from, Sunday (1/16/2011), here are 4 classes of hazardous materials in question.

A. Synthetic fragrances
Some animal species naturally spend fragrance called pheromones, whose function is to attract mates in the breeding season. By man, this fragrance made copies and used in perfumes, as well as some types of scented soaps and hair care products. Several types of synthetic fragrances are known to cause cancer in animals. Although not yet tested in humans, is strongly suspected this compound also increases the risk of cancer in humans.
2. Triclosan
Triclosan is used in some soaps and toothpaste products can lead to health problems when it reacts with aquatic or watery environment. One of them is a disruption in thyroid hormone balance. Excessive use of triclosan also trigger indirect effects on health, ie, by triggering germ resistance or immunity to antibiotics. The outcome was the emergence of super germs (superbug) that cause disease are not susceptible to eradicate with antibiotics.

3. Phthalate
Phthalate is also used in the manufacture of plastic to elastic or elastic properties. If inhaled or ingested in certain levels can trigger asthma, allergies and disorders of the reproductive system. In cosmetics, phthalates used as an additional solvent in a variety of fragrance products.

4. Paraben
Paraben compounds have a different name parahydroxybenzoidan. Parabens are also used as a preservative in instant noodles has a side effect when used beyond the safety threshold. Because of its similar to the hormone estrogen in the body will lead to imbalances that could increase the risk of breast cancer. In cosmetics, parabens are often used as a mixture of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. Although rare, direct contact with the skin can also cause allergies in sensitive people.