The choices are endless: products promise bold-colored lips, eyes that pop, softer skin or shinier hair. But it's what is in many of those products that may be less appealing – thousands of chemicals, including lead, phthalates and formaldehyde, chemicals experts say are putting consumers health at risk. According to the Environmental Working Group, women put an average of 168 chemicals on their face and body before they even walk out of the door; men put on an average of 85 chemicals. Studies show some of those chemicals have been linked to health problems, including cancer and infertility. A new bill in Congress aims to protect people from potentially dangerous chemicals found in everyday beauty products. Beautycounter CEO Gregg Renfrew says consumers won't find potentially dangerous chemicals in its products. "I think consumers want to know what's in their products; they want to know, are these ingredients safe for their health? They want complete and utter transparency, and … [Read more...] about Senator decries “poisons” as unregulated chemicals in cosmetics draw scrutiny
Cancer causing chemicals in beauty products
Studies are mixed about whether permanent hair dye causes cancer, but there is no doubt that conventional formulas contain carcinogenic ingredients. Credit: Samantha Steele, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: My hairdresser was just diagnosed with leukemia and I wonder if there is a link between the chemicals in hair dye and cancer? - Cyndi B., Tallahassee, FL The short answer is...maybe. Scientists have found links between certain types of cancer and repeated exposure to so-called “permanent” hair dyes (that is, the kind you would get in the hair salon that would stay put until the hair is replaced by new growth). These dyes contain a cocktail of potentially harmful substances, including formaldehyde (linked to cancer and fetal damage in utero), p-Phenylenediamine (lung and kidney problems, bladder cancer), DMDM Hydantoin (an immunotoxin restricted in other countries but not the U.S.), ammonia (respiratory problems and asthma), coal tar (a known carcinogen), … [Read more...] about Is there is a link between the chemicals in hair dye and cancer?
As if being a pre-teen girl isn’t hard enough. A new study says some common soaps, shampoos and other personal care products may be putting adolescent girls at a higher risk of certain cancers and other developmental issues. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that chemicals known as phthalates, parabens and phenols have all been linked to girls entering puberty at earlier ages. Their findings were published recently in the journal Human Reproduction. Parabens are used for preserving, and phenols are included for durability in personal hygiene products. Phthalates are used in beauty products such as cosmetics, nail polishes and perfumes to improve look and feel of the substance. These chemicals are believed to be endocrine disruptors for their ability to interfere with the body’s natural hormone regulation. In adolescents, experts say, this may mean advanced reproductive maturing — defined by signs of puberty, namely menstruation, in … [Read more...] about Early puberty in girls linked to beauty product chemicals: study
August 15, 2018 by Stephenetta (isis) Harmon Leave a Comment Two Minneapolis events are looking to put Minnesota on the map for Black hair and beauty. This is no small feat for Minnesota, which is often referred to as a “flyover” state when it comes to major beauty brands and products for African Americans and other people of color. However, Shades of Beauty Expo and Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Show are changing that with their groundbreaking events bringing together Black women and men to celebrate not just hair and beauty, but also health, wellness and community. Nearly a thousand beauty lovers streamed through the separate events to get the latest and greatest on products and deals on hair and beauty must-haves from local and national vendors, as well as to connect with like-minded attendees. The third annual Shades of Beauty Expo (SOBE) kicked off Saturday, August 11 with an “Ambassadors of Beauty Brunch” featuring Dr. Reatha Clark-King while … [Read more...] about Expos put Minneapolis on the Black beauty map
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