Teen Girls see big drop in chemical exposures when they switch cosmetics

A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.

“All plastic was kicked out of my home this past weekend—containers, plastic wrap, etc. I transferred most of my foods from plastic containers into glass. I will begin to freeze food using glass (mason jars). My cleaning products now consist of baking soda, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and Seventh Generation laundry and dish detergent. My life has suddenly gotten a lot simpler! I switched my personal skin care products to organic and chemical-free and my makeup is mineral-based. I can hear my grandmother applauding….”
“I stopped drinking seltzer from cans and now bring water to work in a metal water bottle. I picked one up for a colleague, too.  A bunch of us have lunch together every day and I talk with them regularly about what I learned in the environment section of this course.  I try not to be the queen angel of toxins, so I limit myself to discussing it twice a week.”
“I find it difficult to exercise when feeling achy from joint pain from the hormone therapy.  Now my new pedometer counts my steps, encourages me to exercise and have fun doing it.  We are also eating healthier and enjoy better tasting meals.”
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