Why Body Care Matters
Whether it’s soap or shampoo, lotion or lipstick, many personal care products are made with a dizzying list of not-so-gorgeous ingredients: lead, mercury, formaldehyde, carcinogens, parabens and phthalates. Your skin—the body’s largest organ—is permeable and carries these chemicals to your bloodstream and other organs.
Once in the body, chemicals can turn on certain genes, alter body functions and trigger disease. Chemicals that are commonly used in personal care products have been blamed for playing a role in the rise of ADHD, cancer, diabetes, earlier puberty, infertility, autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, obesity and more.
A study of children’s bath products found that 82 percent contained formaldehyde and 67 percent contained 1,4-dioxane, both of which are classified as carcinogens. CDC studies show that 97 percent of Americans are contaminated with oxybenzone, which is commonly used in body care products and is shown to have adverse health effects.
Although 1,000 cosmetics ingredients are banned in the European Union, the United States has banned only nine.