What is PHTHALATES
Phthalates are a group of synthetic chemicals commonly used as plasticizers in various consumer products, including cosmetics, fragrances, and plastics. However, there are growing concerns about their potential adverse health effects. Research has linked phthalates to hormone disruption, particularly their ability to mimic estrogen in the body. This endocrine system disruption can have various health implications, including fertility issues, developmental problems, and potentially an increased risk of certain cancers. Furthermore, some studies suggest that exposure to phthalates during pregnancy may affect fetal development, potentially leading to congenital disabilities and neurodevelopmental issues in children.
The use of certain phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products, particularly fragrances, is a point of concern. Phthalates can be found in the ingredient lists under various names, making them challenging for consumers to identify, the most commonly used phthalate being BBP or Butyl Benzyl Phthalate. To minimize exposure, consumers can choose phthalate-free cosmetics and personal care items and opt for products labeled as "phthalate-free." These measures can help reduce the potential risks associated with these chemicals.
[Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, "Phthalates and Their Alternatives: Health and Environmental Concerns," pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, accessed on September 13, 2021]