Natural skin care products are the green alternative. Most people choose them because they are better for their health. They are also better for the health of the environment for many different reasons.
There are many different reasons because there are many different chemicals. Let’s start with petrochemicals.
Petrochemicals are petroleum derivatives. Our reliance on them over the last few decades has caused them to become common air and water pollutants. The factories that produce them produce CO2 and other climate changing compounds.
Propylene glycol, ethylene oxide, sunscreens called oxybenzone and benzophenone, isopropyl alcohol and ethanol are some of the petrochemicals commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products of all kinds.
Sunscreens including oxybenzone and benzophenone are sources of water pollution. When people swim, the sunscreens wash off and pollute the water. The effect this will have on fish and other wildlife is as yet unknown.
You should choose natural skin care products for bathing and showering, because anything you rinse off ends up in the sewer and eventually finds its way into the water supply.
Triclosan is a common antibacterial agent found in soaps, body washes and cleansers. Scientists say that the rampant use of triclosan by people for washing is one of the causes of antibiotic resistant bacteria. When triclosan makes its way into rivers and lakes, it damages the ecosystem by killing natural bacteria and underwater plant life.
Estradiol or estrogen which is found in some anti-aging creams is bad for people and for the environment. Estradiol also ends up in our waterways. Researchers believe that estradiol in the waterways is responsible for fish mutations. They are born with both male and female sex organs, but are incapable of reproducing.
Natural skin care products can fight the effects of aging without the use of hormones or other endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are compounds that interfere with the normal hormone production. There are hundreds of known endocrine disruptors. They could also be to blame for the changes in the fish.
Some of the known or suspected endocrine disruptors found in personal care products include parabens, PDBEs and artificial fragrance ingredients. A loophole in the law allows manufacturers to list the term “fragrance” on the label, without identifying the chemicals used to create the fragrance. Many fragrance ingredients are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are suspected endocrine disruptors.
By protecting the environment, natural skin care products also help protect people. All environmental pollutants eventually end up in people. It is a vicious cycle with people causing the pollution and the pollution ending up back in the bodies of the people.
The cycle can only be stopped by avoiding the pollutants at both the source and the return of the cycle. Some countries monitor pollutants progression by testing breast milk samples. After DDT and PCB were banned in the 1970s, the amount of the chemicals present in breast milk continuously declined. Levels today are now 1/100th of what they were in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the amount of PBDEs, which are known endocrine disruptors, in breast milk samples continues to rise.
The use of natural skin care products might not save the planet or the human population. It’s just one more thing that we can do to be green.
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