Can skin care products cause cancer?

Later, in 1979, a study from the United States revealed the relationship between the incidence and duration of exposure to dyes and breast cancer, confirming earlier assumptions.

The 50- to 79-year-old group bore the greatest risk, which suggests that it takes years for the cancer to actually break out in such cases. Women who started coloring their hair at the age of 20 were therefore at twice the risk than women who did not start coloring their hair until the age of 40.

The risk of cancer increases with intense color

Another study from 1980 revealed that women who change the natural hair color when coloring their hair are three times more at risk than those who only cover gray hair, perhaps due to the color used (more intense) and the correspondingly longer Exposure time is.

Sometime later, in a study jointly funded by the American Cancer Society and the FDA, it was discovered that hair dye users were four times more likely than others to develop rare cancers such as non-Hodgekin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma. These studies also confirm the assumption that more intense colors such as black, dark brown or red increase the risk of cancer.

Poisons from personal care products migrate into the environment

Obviously, cosmetics, which are supposed to serve beauty, are not so beautiful when it comes to our well-being. The toxins in them pose a major health risk, and not just because we are directly exposed to them. You could throw away all of your cosmetics and still be at risk of being contaminated by toxins, albeit in significantly lesser proportions.

Because the toxins from cosmetic and hygiene products end up in the environment after use. Soapy water, rinsed shampoo and the like are discharged into the sewer system and there poison the water, the soil, the plants and the life in the sea. Once these chemicals are in the environment, they come back to us through the food chain, and often they are even more dangerous.

With our growing concern about toxins in food, it's kind of ironic that our love of cosmetics, of all things, exacerbates this problem.

But there is no reason to be discouraged. It is important to know and also to inform others so that at some point people will turn to the manufacturers of these toxic products together and demand answers and permanent solutions.

And how does it continue?

The term "permanent solutions" may sound a little ignorant given the chemical cocktail that is tested on our skin every day. The contentious point is: do we even have a realistic alternative? How good (or bad) are the so-called alternatives?

So our new knowledge needs to be expanded.

Check out "natural" cosmetics and personal care

Many cosmetic companies have recognized the signs of the times and offer apparently "natural" products. But these are not all real alternatives. Some of it could be described as old wine in new bottles. There are no regulations regarding the term "natural". So the only thing you can do is read the fine print on the packaging.

Unsurprisingly, many of these supposedly "natural" products also contain toxic chemicals. As an individual, the best thing you can do is make a list of the dangerous ingredients and safe alternatives, and share them with family and friends.

So what are you doing next? There are interest groups such as Skin Deep, whose websites provide information. On the Skin Deep24 website you will also find a safety rating for every brand as well as detailed information on over 14,000 shampoos, lotions, deodorants, sun creams and other cosmetic products from almost 1,000 brands. This list was compiled by the Environmental Working Group, which works with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and is aimed at both consumers and manufacturers to encourage both sides to look for really safe alternatives.

Select cosmetics and personal care products according to their ingredients

In the end, it all boils down to choosing which night cream to apply to maintain your beauty. But be careful, because as your body tries to rejuvenate overnight, the face mask may seep into your skin and spread into your body, where it will cause future damage. Your beauty sleep can perhaps do a lot more on its own, without additional aids.

The pretty face on the packaging doesn't know or care what it's advertising. Advertising is usually all about money, so you shouldn't let it catch you. Carefully choose products that contain truly natural ingredients that you know about.

When it comes to your family's health and wellbeing, nothing should be too much for you. A little extra work is worth it, because it protects you from illness and misfortune.

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