We've already told you everything you need to know about endocrine disruptors and their presence in cosmetics! It's nice to know why they are bad, but still it is necessary to avoid them in your cosmetics. We give you 3 tips to make sure you have a safe routine!
1- Check the list of ingredients
The best way to avoid endocrine disruptors is to read the list of ingredients on the products. This list is often full of complex and unclear names without associated research. To help you, we have gathered the main names to recognize and avoid! You can also take a picture of the "recognize disrupters" card at the end of this article that gathers all the names, and you can come out once the time comes to buy a new product. Keep it in your phone. ;)
The easiest to identify are parabens because they end up in ... paraben!
Phthalates appear under the name of:
- Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
- Dimethyl phthalate (DMP)
In your deodorants, we advise you to look for aluminum salts, which usually appear under the following names:
- Aluminum chlorohydrate
- Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate
- Aluminum zirconium pentachlorohydrate
As a general rule, it is best to avoid any ingredient in which "aluminum" appears
For your sun creams, be on the lookout for the following names:
- Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
- 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
- 3-benzyliden camphor
Also regularly found in the products of the triclosan, used as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-tartar or preservative and present in acne products for example.
Le resorcinol is also a product to watch, especially in hair or pharmaceutical products.
2- Avoid plastic containers
Some disrupters such as phthalates or bisphenol A are used in the production of plastics that form packaging. These substances can migrate to the product and contaminate it. It is therefore safer to avoid plastic containers and to turn instead to tubes or bottles made of aluminum, glass or other!
3- Avoid perfume
Beyond the fact that perfumes can be very irritating and drying for the skin, their presence in your cosmetics can also hide that of disrupters. Indeed, the term "perfume" or "fragrance" in the list of ingredients may contain several dozen products, without the brand being obliged to disclose them. So the perfume, no thanks
These three tips may seem stupid, but they are easy to set up (especially if you keep the problematic ingredients sheet in your phone) and avoid the "cocktail" effect of exposure to different disrupters across different products. Not to mention that our food and the water we drink already expose us enough to the disruptive, so do not add it!
Do not forget your card;)