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      Can make-up can play havoc with hormones?

      Most Women love make-up but are unaware of the dangers that lurk within the make-up box. Did you know that many of the ingredients in cosmetics can tamper with your hormones? Here’s a look at what they can do.


      Recently, FDA tested popular brands and found that 400 showed up to 7.19ppm of lead. This is quite alarming as lead is a proven neurotoxin that has been found associated with miscarriage, reduced fertility and delayed puberty in females. 

      PEG compounds

      Most of us may not even have heard of these but many creams use these petroleum-based compounds to thicken, soften, and gelatinize cosmetics. The issue with these is that at most times these get contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a carcinogen and can damage the nervous system and human development. 1,4-dioxane is also a human carcinogen that can stay for long periods without degrading.


      This is usually an ingredient that’s used in foundations. This is quite an unstable chemical and may cause endocrine disruption and thyroid disorders.


      These chemicals are popularly used by cosmetic brands to soften, smooth, and moisten. They can upset the balance of the endocrine system besides being pretty to the reproductive system. When you find cosmetics with ingredients that end in -siloxane or -methicone, steer clear away from them.


      These are one of the most common preservatives used in makeup and they easily penetrate your skin. They can mimic estrogen and have been detected in human Breast Cancer tissue. They also interfere with reproduction, the nervous system and the immune system.  Some companies have now replaced parabens with phenoxyethanol. However, this chemical has been found to contain most of the same harmful effects.

      Butylated compounds (BHT, BHA)

      These are preservatives that are found in many of the cosmetics such as foundations, eye make-up, lipsticks, blushes, moisturizers, skin cleansers and even diaper creams! BHT mimics estrogen and this can impact hormonal functions in both sexes. Some additives can promote the growth of tumors.




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