• How Beauty Products Cause Hormonal Imbalance

    The female hormonal system works through the endocrine system, which consists of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, liver, large intestine, lymphatic system, and the skin. One of the biggest reasons for hormonal imbalance is due to endocrine disruptors that we unknowingly put onto our bodies.

    Beauty Products-freedigitalphotos.net-stockimagesEndocrine disruptors are chemicals that can mimic our naturally occurring hormones and can lead our bodies to overproduce or underproduce actual hormones. The hormonal imbalances women are plagued with these days are in a large part due to these chemicals, causing symptoms such as PMS, moodiness, low libido, low energy and low immune function.

    As women, we use dozens of products on a daily basis to enhance and maintain our beauty. From skin care to makeup to shampoo to soap to hair styling products, we are inundating ourselves with endocrine disruptors over and over again. And the part that most people don’t realize is that what we put on our skin gets absorbed directly into our bloodstream, so it’s time to start paying attention to what you put on your body.

    Here are the most common endocrine disruptors found in beauty products:

    • Phthalates (DBP or DDEHP) – These chemicals are often found in deodorant, body lotion and nail polish.
    • Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl) – These disruptors are often found in foundation, skin cream, facial masks and conditioner.
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) – These chemicals are often added to shampoo, shower gel/liquid soap, bath salts and toothpaste.
    • Anolamine (DEA, TEA and MEA) – These endocrine disruptors are often found in soap, hairspray, shaving cream and eye liner.
    • Petrolatum – This chemical is found in many skin products, lip products, and petroleum jelly.

    What should you do if your products contain these chemicals?

    To save money, you might decide to use up the products you currently have, and then look for substitutes when you run out. More and more quality natural products are coming onto the market these days, so making a switch is easier than ever. Always read the ingredients and if you see the chemicals listed above, move to another product. Your hormones will thank you for it, and you’ll probably feel a lot better as a result.

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