A recent study by scientists at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital has sparked concerns that phthalates, a common ingredient in beauty products, could be more harmful than first thought.
With this in mind, we decided to take a closer look at the chemical cocktail lurking within our bathroom cabinets.
The study, led by Dr. Tamara James-Todd, an expert in womens' health, found that women with the highest concentration of phthalates within their bodies were almost twice as likely to develop diabetes than those with the lowest concentrations.
Phthalates are considered "endocrine-disrupting," meaning that they can alter normal regulation of certain mechanisms within our bodies, and Dr James-Todd's study is just one of several which has linked the presence of phthalates to conditions such as diabetes.
The problem is that phthalates are almost impossible to avoid.
[Related article: How to make your own beauty products at home]
Phthalates cling to the skin and nails, which is why they'reRead More »from Deciphering the chemical cocktail in your beauty products