Many people around the world, especially women, use all kinds of beauty and cosmetic products – every day. But, did you know that these beauty products, besides being super expensive, contain cancer-causing chemicals. Well yes, according to a recent study, the researchers have discovered that a whopping 99 percent of all breast cancer cells contain parabens—chemicals known, without a doubt, to be linked to cancer. The researchers say that the most common of these chemicals are methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben, all of which are used as preservatives in such things as your hair-care products (shampoos, conditioners, gels etc.), makeup, moisturizers (both face and body), as well as most shaving creams and gels.
The researchers mentioned that a few brands of antiperspirants and deodorants do not contain parabens. But, the bad thing is that most of these brands contain aluminum, which is further linked to breast cancer as well as Alzheimer’s disease. We all love the nice aroma of the beauty products, but the real problem with parabens is that they have “estrogen-like” properties, and as countless studies show, excessive estrogen is irrefutably linked to the development of breast cancer.
The medical experts say that:
“When your body is exposed to chemicals that mimic the properties of estrogen, you can experience a situation known as “estrogen dominance,” which can lead to such things as reduced muscle mass, extra fat storage (especially in the belly area), and in men, what is known as male gynecomastia (breast growth) to name only a few of the growing number of issues caused by too much estrogen in both men and women.”
Many different studies have linked these compounds with breast cancer, and the bad thing is that most of the chemicals are actually found in the breast tissue closest to the underarm (the axilla quadrant) of the breast, which is also where cancerous tumors are typically found. It is no coincidence this area is also where you typically apply deodorant and antiperspirants.
How Do You Protect Yourself?
We all know that that the beauty products are a major part of our lives and we can’t spend a day without them. Well, this means that there is no getting around this. They not only help us feel good about ourselves, but they serve an actual need beyond our vanity—that of basic hygiene.
Well, now you probably ask yourself – what are you supposed to do when these same products may also harm you and your family members?
First, you should know that you shouldn’t look to regulatory boards such as the Food and Drug Association (FDA) to step in right now as the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not actually authorize the FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients (except some color additives in hair dyes). The ugly truth is that most cosmetic manufacturers can essentially use anything they want in their products, apart from some obvious ingredients that are prohibited by regulation.
Note: the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has openly stated that parabens are harmful to not only our personal health, but also the environment, regulations to date still do not prevent companies from adding these toxic chemicals to our beauty products.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states:
“Studies show that some sunscreens and parabens demonstrate estrogenicity and multiple hormonal activities in vitro. Because of the high consumption volume and high lipophilicity of sunscreens, these compounds [parabens] have the potential to enter and persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in tissues of living organisms.”
This means that the government agencies should make significant changes to what they will allow companies to add to our cosmetics and beauty products. But, until then – the responsibility to find safe products lies with you. In this article we are going to show you a few things you can do – to protect yourself from these harmful chemicals.
- Know Your Chemicals and Read Labels
First, you should familiarize yourself with the chemical names of things that should be avoided such as the different types of parabens listed here:
Well, this means that if you see any of these listed in the product, put it down and look for another. As we said, the parabens are now known to be very harmful. This is why many companies will purposely advertise their product as “paraben-free,” which can make finding a safe product easier. You should also remember that parabens are not the only ingredients that are linked to estrogen dominance and cancer.
And now, we will make things even more confusing. The medical experts have discovered a new class of cancer-causing agents. Many different studies show that common metals that are often added to beauty products and even our food are now shown to also mimic estrogen.
Note: you should know that these metals are called “metalloestrogens” and have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Here is a list of some of these metaloestrogens to look out for:
The researchers said that you should be very careful, because these estrogen-mimicking metals can cause significantly detrimental symptoms in even minimal amounts—far less than levels currently seen in most consumer products.
Here’s what you need to know:
“Aluminium salts used as antiperspirants have been incriminated as contributing to breast cancer incidence in Western societies. To date, very little or no epidemiological or experimental data confirm or infirm this hypothesis. We report here that in MCF-10A human mammary epithelial cells, a well-established normal human mammary epithelial cell model, long-term exposure to aluminium chloride (AlCl(3) ) concentrations of 10-300 µm, i.e. up to 100 000-fold lower than those found in antiperspirants, and in the range of those recently measured in the human breast, results in loss of contact inhibition and anchorage-independent growth.”
You should know that this a statement from a 2006 report published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology and it means that if any one of these metals is considered carcinogenic at a concentration that is essentially 100,000 times lower than those being currently used in our personal care products, imagine what we are subjecting ourselves to with much higher levels.
- Make Your Own Beauty Products
Yes, you got that right – you should make your own beauty products. And trust me – once you start it really is a lot easier than you might think. And it is often much cheaper. This method will also give you a real sense of satisfaction to know you are using clean, safe and all natural ingredients on yourself and your family. Note: you should know that there are hundreds of different recipes for various homemade products to be found online. We all know that deodorant is one of the worst offenders, so – here is a simple recipe to get you started. This recipe is very simple and easy to make. You just have to follow the simple instructions. Here’s what you need to do:
You will need the following ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch
- Essential oils or your choosing (make sure you speak to an aroma therapist or research the various oils as they can have some powerful effects—both good and bad depending on your situation)
- Mason jar with lid
Here’s what you need to do – as we said, this recipe is very simple. You just have to combine the shea butter and coconut oil in your mason jar. Microwave the mixture (without the metal lid, of course) until it is just starting to melt. Then, you need to add the baking soda and arrowroot and mix well with a spoon or by shaking it with the lid on tightly. And now, you should add the essential oils of your choosing and then store it in your fridge.
How to use it – well, when you wish to use your new deodorant, you just have to put place a small amount in the palm of your hand and rub it until it melts and then rub under your arm.
- Buy All Natural Products
Note: you should know that this option can be very expensive, especially if you are on a budget or you have a large family, but the alternative can be even more costly in the long run. But, you can always look for items on sale and stock up on the products you know you will use. And remember – when it comes to this issue it is often best to simply pick and choose your battles as the saying goes. Buy all natural for the products you use most and those that are the least harmful and gradually change over to more natural products as your budget allows or look at making your own. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.