BPA in Plastic
While we mostly focus on the ingredients of what is in our skincare lotions and creams, the ingredients of the actual containers should be of some concern as well. One ingredient that you should be keeping an eye out for, and avoiding if you see it, is BPA. BPA stands for "Bisphenol A," a chemical that is used in plastic ranging from water bottles to the jars your skincare products are packaged in. BPA is an "endocrine disruptor," which can potentially increase your risk for breast or prostate cancer. It has been demonstrated in numerous studies to have harmful effects on laboratory animals, and while the effect on humans has yet to be demonstrated, the common use of this chemical is enough to cause concern.
How to Identify it
So, how can you ensure that you are avoiding this chemical? BPA is typically found in clear, hard plastic containers. These containers are marked on the bottom with the number 7 in the triangle of arrows, which indicate that it is recyclable. The number 7 does not indicate that it contains BPA, but rather that it is made of mixed plastics. However, unless it is labeled "BPA-free" as well, it is advisable to steer clear.
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