There are multiple studies indicating that what we eat impacts our health. Over the last ten years, there is more research showing that what we apply to our skin can have a negative impact on our health.
Did you know that many health and beauty care products contain parabens which mimic the hormone estrogen? Check your labels! It can be labeled as methyl, propyl, ethyl, isobutylparaben. Look at your hair products, toothpaste, body washes and lotions, facial creams and even deodorants.
As we continue to move through Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to share a study regarding paraben accumulation found in over 95% of breast cancer tumors. Additional information can be found here.
In addition to parabens, lead (which is a heavy metal) has been found in more than 60% of lipsticks. Other metals were also discovered including aluminum, cadmium and chromium. What’s problematic is that the FDA doesn’t consider this to be a safety issue stating that heavy metal exposure in lip products is minimal and doesn’t pose a risk.
These are not the only harmful substances found in the daily products we use on ourselves that may increase our risk of cancer. Phthalates, toluene (which is banned in Europe) and formaldehyde are other potentially harmful substances used in body products and furniture. What we’re exposed to certainly impacts our health and well-being. To find out more about safe products, visit the Environmental Working Group. You can also take the course Toxins and The Environment: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. #mindbodyyou #toxinsandtheenvironment #breastcancerawareness #cancer #celestecooperpeel