After as little as three days; switching to natural make-up and personal care products; teenage girls are experiencing a significant drop in the levels of toxins in their bodies, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
UC Berkley and several other notable organizations led the study and the findings were particularly significant because the researchers selected the safer products using a publicly available database.
After just three days, levels of toxins fallen dramatically
The study was performed on 100 Latina teens between the ages of 14 and 18 who lived in the Salinas CA area, and they were tested for endocrine-disrupting chemicals in their systems.
The participants agreed that, for three days, they would only use cosmetics and personal care products provided by the research team.
All the products were free of phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3, or BP-3) – chemicals that have been linked to endocrine-disrupting effects.
In only three days the levels of these chemicals fell drastically, and in some cases by as much as 45 percent. Several different tests were done in the initial 72 hour period and all cases numbers of toxins decreased.
Women are exposed to many different chemicals through the use of cosmetics and personal care products and teens especially because they tend to use more on a daily basis. Younger women in general just have less money and have to stretch their dollars further.
“You tend just to get what is on sale”; seems to be the mindset of most of the younger women and teens who aren’t enlightened on the toxins they are putting into their bodies.
After the test, Maritza Cardenas stated that she has decided to splurge on purer products with fewer chemicals and not just limit the factors of her purchases to a dollar amount.
The US Senate is proposing a bill, the Personal Care Products Safety Act, giving the FDA the same authority to regulate cosmetics and personal care products. This Bill requires annual testing and requires manufacturers to report and health incidents related to their products. The addition of Warning labels for chemicals with related health risks, and accountability for the cosmetics manufacturers in general.