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Fewer Chemicals in Teen Girls Using Better Beauty Products

By Fredrica Syren:

After all the studies, talks and warnings about the dangers of chemicals found in common beauty products, it’s so refreshing to hear how switching to greener cosmetics can make a difference.

A new study by researchers from both the University of California, Berkeley, and Clinica de Salud del Beauty products and teenageresValle de Salinas shows that teen girls’ chemical exposure dropped as much as 45 percent in only 3 days after switching to makeup, shampoos and lotions free of hormone-disrupting chemicals. This has a huge impact on teenage girls’ health since there is a great deal of research showing a link between these chemicals and neurobehavioral problems, obesity and cancer cell growth. All the beauty products the girls used in the study were free of dangerous chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone.

The problem of chemical exposure is greater for women because they are the primary consumers of many personal care products and may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals. Teenage girls, especially, are at higher health risk because their reproductive development is more rapid and they tend to use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.

The European Union already has banned thousands of ingredients from being used in personal care products due to safety concerns while, unfortunately, the United States FDA has banned only 11. There are very few regulations regarding chemicals in beauty products in the U.S., leaving the beauty product industry to police itself. The result is that beauty products are filled with ingredients that may cause lots of harm to our bodies, health and the planet.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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