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EWG Report on Teen Girls Body BurdenThe Environmental Working Group released a report yesterday revealing that 16 chemicals including parabens, phthalates, triclosan and musks were detected in teenage girls aged 14-19.  All the girls tested had these chemicals in them including methylparaben and propylparaben, varieties of phthalates and triclosan which the EWG recently did a study on in July.

Why is this a problem?  According to the study:

Adolescence encompasses maturation of the reproductive, immune, blood, and adrenal hormone systems, rapid bone growth associated with the adolescent “growth spurt,” shifts in metabolism, and key changes to brain structure and function. Alterations in an array of sex hormones, present in the body at levels as low as one part per billion (ppb), or even one part per trillion (ppt), guide this transformation to adulthood. Emerging research suggests that teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to trace levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals like the ones targeted in this study, given the cascade of closely interrelated hormonal signals orchestrating the transformation from childhood to adulthood.

Not to mention, teenagers experiment with a wider variety of cosmetics and bosy products and use on average 17 products daily compared to adult women who use on average 12.  That’s a big difference in terms of exposure to hormone mimicking chemicals.

What can you do?

Educate your teens on the importance of becoming educated about what they’re putting on their body.  The sooner they start questioning what’s going on their face every day the better.  It’s important for all women to investigate the products they use every day.

Safe Costmentics Database: Cross check your products in the Skin Deep Database to find out what’s in your products and how they could affect your health.  Some products are downright scary!

Use less! No one needs to use 17 products a day.  We don’t think you have to sacrifice beauty and cleanliness to be gorgeous, but using less reduces your bodies burden overall and helps it regain its natural self maintaining abilities.

Choose Better Products: Look for products with ingredients you can pronounce.  If you don’t know what it is, look it up or don’t buy it.  Our rule of thumb is “Can I eat it?”… ok not always, just kidding.  But you really want to choose products that have certified organic ingredients if possible, or from companies that pride themselves in providing safer alternatives to typical beauty products.

Source: Environmental Working Group: Teen Girls’ Body Burden

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