Researchers conducted a study in which they proved that the chemical quantities are found to be less if less chemical products are used.
The female population are the major users of makeup and hygienic products such as soap, shampoos, face washes and many others. As many products as they use, they are also allowing all the chemicals in these products get into their circulatory system which in turn effects our hormonal system.
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To prove this theory, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas conducted a study on 100 Latina teenagers participating in the Health and Environmental Research on Makeup of Salinas Adolescents (HERMOSA) study.
HERMOSA is a project to involve young people in public health and the environment with community-university collaboration between UC Berkeley, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, and a team of youth researchers from the CHAMACOS Youth Council.
The researcher provided the teenagers with products that had low chemical concentration and organic ingredients. They made sure that the common ingredient like phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone which are commonly found in most products should not be present in the products that the teenagers used in the experiment.
After using the designated products for three days, urine samples from all the girls were tested. The urine tests showed that there were significant drops in levels of chemicals in the body.
Metabolites of diethyl phthalate, commonly used in fragrances, decreased 27 percent by the end of the trial period. Both triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and some brands of toothpaste, and benzophenone-3 (BP-3), found in some sunscreens under the name oxybenzone, fell 36 percent.
Methyl and propyl parabens, used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44 and 45 percent respectively. This study proved the point that with even three days, there was a significant amount of difference in the chemical concentrations in the body.
The most positive result about the study is that they have inspired all the participants to not only take care of the products they will use but also educate as many people as they could about them.
The teenagers volunteered for the study and after finding the results, they are volunteering to spread the message. It is a great step forward according to researchers who presented their study on March 7th in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
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The results of this study were published on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.