The very nature of personal care products involves their contact with our bodies, often in very sensitive locations. This category of products includes diapers, feminine hygiene products, lotion, and shampoo, and it deserves more attention regarding chemical ingredients.
Most manufacturers provide little information about ingredients and materials. For the most part, you’ll be making blind choices when you select these products unless you choose products specifically marketed as safer alternatives to mainstream brands.
Types of Chemicals Present in Personal Care Products
Independent researchers have found phthalates, specifically DBP and DEHP, in multiple brands of disposable diapers and sanitary pads. Exposure to these chemicals could lead to developmental or reproductive problems. Volatile organic compounds, commonly known as VOCs, are prevalent as well. VOCs can cause respiratory and skin irritation. Kidney and nervous system damage are possible as well. Menstrual pads frequently contain VOCs like xylene, toluene, and methylene chloride.
Tampons might boast of being made from cotton, but the bleaching process leaves dioxin residues. Dioxins are recognized as cancer-causing toxins that also threaten the endocrine and reproductive systems. The cotton itself, although a wonderful natural fibre, is generally grown with heavy pesticide applications, and pesticide residues can linger in the products.
You probably enjoy lathering your hair with shampoo, but shampoos are mostly a cocktail of various chemicals. Parabens are preservative substances commonly used in shampoos and cosmetics. They act similarly to the hormone estrogen and are associated with breast cancer.
Parabens are also pervasive in body and hand lotions. Lotions are notorious for various unspecified chemical combinations used to create fragrances. You could encounter endocrine-disrupting phthalates and irritating VOCs in lotions.
Your Vulnerability to Chemically-Laden Personal Care Products
Diapers, tampons, and sanitary pads come into prolonged contact with genital areas. The thin, highly sensitive skin in these areas can absorb substances into the body easily. As for lotions and shampoos, daily use results in ongoing chemical exposures that could impact your health over time.
Shop Health and Beauty Supplies at Famous Foods
Our natural food store in Vancouver stocks many personal care products from responsible manufacturers who use nontoxic ingredients. Your health extends past your dinner plate, and we invite you to explore healthier personal care products at our store.