Hormone, or endocrine, disruptors are chemicals that potentially interfere with the body’s endocrine system. The endocrine system is extraordinarily complex and important—it regulates mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function and reproductive processes. Some chemicals mimic a natural hormone and thereby fool the body into responding; a false cue like this could result in the body producing more estrogen, which in turn could lead to breast cancer. Other disruptors block the effects of a needed hormone, or cause overproduction or underproduction of hormones (for example, an overactive or underactive thyroid).
What exactly is Environmental Health? In short, there is a strong connection between our health and what we’re exposed to in our daily environment. The environment isn’t just the air, rivers and trees. It includes everything we encounter in our daily lives: It is our homes, workplaces and schools; stores and restaurants; and even the cosmetics, cleaning supplies, furniture, and electronics that we all use everyday. At Beautycounter, we believe that your health shouldn’t be compromised by your environment.
Some things are hard to control. Some things are easier. Here, the basics of environmental health to empower you to safeguard your family.
Think about how many times you might reapply a lipstick or gloss in one day. Sure, some of it rubs off on napkins and straws—but much of it is absorbed into skin or ingested. Like other beauty products, lipsticks and glosses can contain toxic ingredients, some of which are hidden. It’s said that the average woman will consume seven pounds of lipstick over the course of a decade. If that figure is even close to true, we should know what we’re consuming! Here, 5 things you may not have known about the ingredients in your favorite tube of lipstick.
You’ve probably heard the term “carcinogen” before, maybe in high school biology, in news reports, or perhaps you’ve heard your physician use it. But, do you know what a carcinogen is? Carcinogens can change a cell’s DNA, and those changes can cause cancer. Some of these changes can be inherited and others may be caused by “environmental exposures” to carcinogens through food, household cleaning products or cosmetics. In the video below, our Head of Health and Safety Mia Davis highlights a few ingredients to look out for and where they may appear.
Happy Earth Day. At Beautycounter, we talk a lot about environmental health. But what is environmental health? We tapped our Head of Health and Safety, Mia Davis, to explain what small steps we can take to live a healthier, more mindful life in order to invest in our earth, today.
Even those of us who are sleep deprived probably spend 2,000 hours a year in our beds. Babies, who are undergoing processes of critical developmental while they sleep, sometimes spend 10 hours a night (if their parents are lucky) on crib mattresses. Mattresses—particularly crib mattresses—can contain some really nasty hidden toxins, including unnecessary flame retardant chemicals, PVC (vinyl) plastic, and allergens. The problem with these toxic chemicals? They can be released from the mattress into the air that you breathe, as well as settle in house dust providing ongoing exposure to you and your family. These hazardous chemicals are linked to many serious health issues, including endocrine disruption, thyroid problems, learning deficits, hyperactivity, hypospadias, reduced ovarian follicles, reduced sperm count, cancer, and more. Click here for a more in-depth study of the impact of mattresses on these issues.
Unwittingly, sometimes the tiniest things can have massive negative impacts, like how endocrine disruptors are more potent in small doses, and how minuscule exfoliating beads are not only making their way into rivers and oceans, but also into the food that we eat. We asked our Head of Health & Safety, Mia Davis, to investigate this pressing issue. Read More
I joined Beautycounter before we had any products, or even a name for the company. I am entirely proud of that fact, as it speaks to our mission to put safety and transparency first, and most of all, to dive headfirst into the challenge of making beautiful products, safe.