A recent survey by the business chamber Assocham had revealed that 75 percent of Indian youngsters in the 16-21 age group spend over Rs 6,000 per month on cosmetics.
Phthalates, most common chemical found in almost every cosmetic product, is found to disrupt the hormone levels, affect fertility and build up in breast milk. Exposure to these cosmetic chemicals puts women at a higher risk of miscarriage and the baby at risk for physical and mental birth defects.
It can cause miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, learning problems, behavioural issues and brain, kidney or nervous system damage. Synthetic chemicals found in shampoos, cosmetics and household cleaning products to pesticides, plastics, food wrappings, tincan linings and heavy metals like lead and arsenic are known as hormone disruptors because their molecular shape is very similar to that of oestrogen. The delicate balance between the hormones oestrogen and testosterone in is disrupted and may well be a cause of male and female infertility.
FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
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Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.