Endocrine Disruptors....What Are They? And Why Should I care?

A lot of you may have been seeing more articles and news stories about endocrine disruptors in our personal care products. If you are like me, you had no idea what they were, why I should care and what they could be doing to me.

"Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with endocrine (or hormone) systems. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors."

Ok, so what the heck does that really mean and should it really matter to me? First of all, I think taking a look at what your endocrine is exactly...Take a look at the picture below to see what is actually in it.....Hmmm...those are some things we definitely don't want to disrupt.

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What Types of Products Contain Endocrine Disruptors?

  • Personal Care Products (shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, nail polish, etc)
  • Drinking Water (atrazine, arsenic & perchlorate)
  • Canned Foods (BPA's)
  • Conventionally Grown Produce (pesticides, herbicides & industrial run-off)
  • CAFO Meat, Poultry & Dairy Products (antibiotics, hormones & other industrial chemicals)
  • High Mercury Fish
  • Kitchen Products (non-stick cookware & plastic containers)
  • Cleaning Products
  • Office Products (inks & toners)

What Can You Do?

The easiest thing to do is to educate yourself on what you are using in your home and on your body. A great place to start is by taking a look at the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) website. They have guides for personal care products, cleaning products and food that can help you to make informed decisions. They also have a handy app you can download to your phone to be informed on the go.

A quick fix....

I don't know about you, but I love to treat myself to a mani/pedi. It is one of those luxuries that I look forward to. BUT, I have no idea about what types of polishes that my salon uses. So, I take my own. Not only do I know what is in the polishes, but it also makes for a quick fix if I need to touch up my polish. There is nothing worse than leaving the salon and nicking that nail. You know what I'm talking about, we've all done it.

Here is a list of polishes you may want to avoid because they contain a pretty nasty endocrine disruptor. TPHP has been linked to obesity and potential risks to the reproductive system.

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What to Look for in a nail polish.

Basically, you want to look for what's NOT in your polish....
  • formaldehyde

  • toluene

  • DBP

  • formaldehyde resin

  • camphor

Polishes without these ingredients are called "Five-Free Polishes". You can take it a step further and look for "Seven-Free Polishes". These polishes add the following two ingredients to their NOT in lists...
  • ethyl tosylamide
  • xylene
Here is a list of some great products out there that are Five, Seven, Eight & Nine Free, plus a water based one for good measure. Prices range so there is really something for every budget.
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Rebecca Manjarrez, Director with Beautycounter

Thank you for being supportive, loyal customers to me and Beautycounter! I appreciate you and am so grateful to all of my customers, hostesses and consultants on this journey to safer beauty.