A new study has revealed that taking even a short break from applying certain types of make up can significantly reduce the amount of toxins and chemicals that are found in the body.


The study, led by researchers at UC Berkely and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. 

The participants of the study were 100 mainly Latina teenage girls. Researchers gave the participants cosmetic products that contained much lower amounts of the controversial ingredients found in commercial products. These include phtalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone.

The reason for choosing a study group which consisted entirely of teenage females was due to the fact that they are at the highest risk of being effected by chemicals found in cosmetics, according to study lead author Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health.


“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals,” Harley said. “Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”

Researchers tested the results of the product-change by analyzing urine samples of the participants after only three days of using the lower-chemical cosmetics. They found that participants who had been using the lower-chemical products experienced a significant drop in the traces of these chemicals left in the body.

Study authors say that the goal of the study was to increase awareness about the harmful chemicals that are used in everyday products, and to demonstrate how easy it is to avoid these chemicals.

“One of the goals of our study was to create awareness among the participants of the chemicals found in everyday products, to help make people more conscious about what they’re using,” Mariza Cárdenas, study co-author said. “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”



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