Endocrine disruptors in cosmetics

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Endocrine disruptors, do you know what they are? You’re surrounded by chemicals that are harmful to your health and you don’t know it because many industries don’t want you to know about them. Keep reading this blog if you want to know more about this topic and take measures to avoid being affected by them.

What are chemical endocrine disruptors (EDCs)?

Endocrine disruptors, abbreviated as EDCs, are chemicals that are present in cosmetics, plastics, insecticides, packaging, detergents, as well as other products we use on a daily basis. These compounds affect our hormonal balance and also pollute the environment.

These endocrine disruptors are associated with some types of cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer, decreased male fertility, as well as hypertension, neurological diseases or metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity.

The effect of these endocrine disruptors is cumulative, irreversible and can be transmitted from one generation to another. We do not want to alarm you on this subject but we do advise to avoid them as much as possible.

Where are the chemical endocrine disruptors located?

These compounds are found in plastic-coated food packaging, personal hygiene and cleaning products, building materials, air fresheners, clothing, toys, electronic devices, non-stick products, household appliances, etc.


What are the most commonly used endocrine disruptors in cosmetics?

Substances such as parabens, benzophenones and bisphenols, used in the cosmetic industry, affect the hormonal balance, induce tumor proliferation and produce damage to reproductive ability and development.

In addition to these, there are also phthalates, camphenes, cinnamates and formaldehyde among others.

In the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) that appears on the label of cosmetic products, you can find parabens under the names of propylparapene, isopropylparapene, isobutylparaben and butylparaben.

Phthalates are softening chemicals and solvents that can be found in creams, nail polish, perfumes, deodorants and hairsprays. It is not usually found in the INCI because it is a subproduct and legislation does not require it to appear there.

Camphenes, cinnamates and benzophenones are UV filters that are widely used in cosmetics and packaging. They protect against the sun without leaving a white coat because they are mineral origin filters and not natural. We recommend you to avoid chemical filters in sunscreens.

Preservatives and chelators that release formaldehyde are used in the cosmetic industry, and you won’t find formaldehyde itself in the INCI but under names like 1,3-Dimethylol-5,5-Dimethylhydantoin (or DMDM-Hydantoin), Imidazolidinyl Urea, Hemiformal Benzyl. 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3-Dioxane Diazolidinyl urea. Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Quaternaries in general and BTA or BTH. They are usually used in hair softeners, shampoos, liquid soaps and make-up bases, again, we advise against them.

How to avoid chemical endocrine disrupters?

On top of the advice given above, you should avoid contact and exposure to them. In order to do this, we recommend that you read cosmetic and cleaning product labels carefully, avoid or reduce the consumption of industrially processed and packaged products, and use materials with non-stick coatings, plastics, flame retardants, etc.

Some good advisable alternatives are the use of natural fibers or glass, do not overuse water bottled in plastic and use glass containers.

At Mediterranean Spirit we use natural and organic ingredients in all our products, you can be sure that what you apply to your skin will not damage your health or that of your loved ones. Our products are formulated to be 100% chemical and endocrine disruptor free.

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