Makeup is one of the most used visual accessories today, both by men and women; since this cosmetic product is used to add color, shine or even for symmetrical simulation on the face, as well as in other areas. However, although it is increasingly frequent, the use of this type of product, it is necessary to know that according to various investigations, makeup can cause cancer, in addition to other diseases.
Despite the fact that makeup is a really useful tool, both for the artistic industry and for people's daily lives; The possible risks that the use of this may involve have always been discussed since makeup products are made from various chemical substances, which could interact with the body.
The chemicals in cosmetics make us look, feel, and smell good, but research strongly indicates that at certain levels of exposure some of the chemicals in these products can contribute to the development of cancer in people. However, because personal care products contain different combinations of chemicals, it is almost impossible to verify a clear cause and effect for each specific chemical.
Still, many of those chemicals are considered hormonal disruptors. Hormonal disruptors can affect the way estrogen and other hormones act in the body by blocking or mimicking them, thereby disrupting the body's normal balance. Estrogen can cause hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer to develop and grow; This is why many women choose to limit their exposure to these chemicals that act like estrogen.
Scientists found that makeups containing parabens and bisphenol A preservatives, which are added to perfumes and creams to extend the duration of the aroma, can be potentially toxic.
Cosmetics cause cancer.
It is a resounding statement, and we explain in the following video why we do it so exhaustively.
Your skin as a barrier against the outside.
Your skin. How little you take care of it and how important it is to you. It is the largest organ of your body and the one that protects your interior from attacks from outside. Regulates your temperature, prevents you from dehydrating, and its great resistance minimizes the blows and trauma you suffer. It is endowed with a powerful immune microsystem that defends you from the millions of fungi, bacteria, and viruses that surround you. It also has a great absorption capacity, and that is good regarding the use of certain pharmaceutical formulations, it is bad if you do not use toxic-free cosmetics. Because don't forget that not only does the toxicity of a product matter, but also the times that you apply it or expose yourself to it in your life. How many times have you used your deodorant, for how many years, without knowing that it was perhaps toxic?
For more than 5,000 years, the cosmetic products used by the human species were of natural origin, and many times they were manufactured by the person who was going to use them. Only some essential oils and perfumes had to be purchased, as they came from distant countries. You all remember the soap that your grandmothers made, the remedies and creams made naturally to treat a thousand and one skin conditions. This 100% natural origin cosmetic rarely gave problems to the woman, or to the man, who used them.
The famous spice route was not only used for the trade-in culinary condiments but very importantly, it was used to transport unique ingredients for making creams, fragrances and makeup. Myrrh, Khol, Henna, jasmine or rose essences became treasures that traveled throughout the known world.
At the beginning of the 20th century, companies began to make cosmetic products based on formulations where there are a little natural elements and a lot of chemicals. Those pioneering companies are today true empires, highlighting L'Oreal or Revlon.
They socialized cosmetics and made it available to the entire population. Over the years it began to be discovered that some of those molecules that gave such good organoleptic properties to creams and makeups took a very expensive toll in the form of cancer and other diseases.
Most important toxics in industrial cosmetics.
The list is lengthy, and many of them are still under investigation, as many of the initial experiments were paid for and orchestrated by the manufacturers, so there was some suspicion of lack of impartiality. The biggest problem with these organic compounds is that they have the ability to accumulate and cause severe damage even to the fetus.
Before commenting on the list of horrors, it is good to make it clear that justice begins to take action in the matter, being a fraud for the consumer. As proof of this, I would like to comment on the recent condemnation by a United States court of the multinational Johnson & Johnson in relation to the presence of asbestos (very carcinogenic) in baby powder, widely used in the 70s and 80s of the century. past.
Parabens. Widely used as preservatives in creams and makeup, they have been shown to be hormonal disruptors, that is, they can simulate the effect of hormones on the human body, and they are related to breast, ovarian and colon cancer. They are also related to hormonal disturbances. If you are pregnant or go near them.
Triclosan. Used as an antiseptic in soaps and toothpastes, as well as oral rinses, for its use as a germicide. It is related to mental disorders, skin cancer and heart damage. The American FDA recognizes that it has no benefit to the human body. Stay away from him.
Aluminum. Many deodorants use aluminum salts to help decrease the smell of sweat. Disconcertingly, the levels of aluminum in the mammary gland of women with breast cancer is much higher than the levels that exist in women who do not suffer from this disease. Furthermore, aluminum produces brittleness in the bone.
Other chemical compounds used in industrial cosmetics, related to cancer and other diseases are Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Diethanolamines and Propylene Glycol. We talk about them more extensively in the video of our YouTube channel that we put at the beginning of this post.
I know what you want to be, but think green.
Today we live an epidemic of cancers, in younger and younger people, of autoimmune diseases, of a thousand pathologies previously rarely seen. Undoubtedly, pollution, chemicals in cosmetics or food have a lot to do with it.
Certainly, the knowledge that makeup can cause cancer and other diseases, has been held by the manufacturing industries for a long time, however, it was not until it was made public.
However, given this, some brands have worked with different substances, which is why when buying any type of cosmetic product, whether it be makeup, skin creams, perfumes, or others, keep in mind that you should review the composition of the products.
Sonia Corredor/Shimarz Blog Writer