How can choosing the right skincare help to prevent cancer?

Makeup and skincare is designed to help us feel amazing and enhance our natural beauty, but do you know what you’re actually putting on your skin?

Some chemicals used in cosmetics can be potentially harmful and even contribute to the cause of cancer. While studies into these findings are ongoing there is evidence to suggest that these chemicals should be avoided.

Some chemicals in cosmetic products are considered to be hormone disruptors, these can affect how oestrogen and other hormones in the body work by either blocking them or mimicking how they work this disrupts the body’s normal hormonal balance. Oestrogens stimulate breast cell growth and production. This can contribute to the production of damaged cells and potentially increase the likelihood of mutations which may lead to breast cancer, it is best to limit exposure to chemicals that can act like oestrogen.

What you can do to keep yourself looking great on the outside while also looking after what’s going on on the inside?

Check the labels!

When buying new products take a few extra minutes to look carefully at what is in your skincare and makeup. Check the ingredients list for Parabens. Parabens are chemical preservatives that are used to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The parabens used most commonly in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. They can penetrate the skin and act like very weak oestrogen in the body. Luckily there are EU regulations that limit the maximum concentration that companies can use of each preservative but the number of preservatives they can use in each product.

Check for Phthalates these are commonly used to hold color and reduce brittleness in nail polish and hairspray. They are a hormone disruptor whilst they don’t act exactly like oestrogen, they can disrupt the balance of other hormones that interact with estrogen, including testosterone. Phthalates are often trickier to identify as they can be hidden under the “fragrance/parfum” list.

An easy way of finding out what is in all of your favourite products is to visit websites and apps such as www.ewg.org/skindeep and www.thinkdirtyapp.com. Find your favourite products and they will rate your product and its ingredients list.

 

Sources:

https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/reduce-your-risk/do-you-know-whats-in-your-cosmetics/

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https://uk.lush.com/article/everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-parabens

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