Phthalates. Do you know what they are? Neither did I. But they are all around us, and in us, and they are really bad for our health. They are used to make plastics more flexible, to make adhesives, packaging, medical devices, paint, ink and more.
Phthalates have been scientifically proven to disrupt our hormonal systems. These “endocrine disruptors” have been linked to poor sperm quality, infertility, birth defects of the genitals, and miscarriages. There is also evidence linking phthalates to breast cancer.
You won’t find phthalates on any labels. You also won’t find phthalates used in products sold in Europe; they have been outlawed because of the health risks. Unfortunately, they are still widely used here. Companies forced to make phthalate-free makeup for the European market continue to include it in the products sold in the U.S., despite the clear danger to our health and well-being.
Although limited, you can buy phthalate-free makeup, but you have to do your research. There are websites that list phthalate=free manufaturers, like Breast Cancer Action, or that score the safety of makeup brands, like Environmental Working Group. You can also call your brand and ask if their products use phthalates.
Personally, I took my 15-year-old daughter shopping and we both replaced all of our makeup and skin care products with phthalate-free products, and we look as beautiful as ever.