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Save Your Skin from Phthalates

Supersalve and Phthalates, pronounced THAL-ates, (and yeah, we all need help saying that) are mutually exclusive. The same may not be said for the creams, ointments and cosmetic products you might be smothering on your skin and that of your children.

Most products that come into contact with plastics during production, packaging, or delivery contain phthalates, but its also in the air, as WebMD states:

 ‘People are constantly exposed to plastics via contaminated food, packaging leachate (e.g., water bottle and medical devices), atmospheric fallout and urban dust containing microplastics, personal care products (PCPs) (e.g., cosmetic packaging), and synthetic clothing.’

Hectic Health Hazards of Phthalates

Exposure to phthalates will adversely affect the endocrine system and multiple organs. As a consequence, young children and adolescents may experience negative long-term impacts on pregnancy, growth, and development, as well as reproductive systems.

Here follows more specific negative health impacts directly attributable to overt or covert absorption of phthalates in humans as reported by NIH:

‘The impacts of phthalates on human beings vary from gene expression to physiological changes. High molecular weight phthalates exposure is found to cause methylation status of imprinted genes, which could be directly related to androgen response, estrogen response, protein secretion, and spermatogenesis. Human epidemiological studies have shown a significant association between phthalates exposures and adverse reproductive outcomes in both women and men, for instance, type II diabetes and insulin resistance, overweight/obesity, allergy, and asthma.’

Data collected from over 5,000 adults showed that those with the highest levels of phthalates in their urine were more likely to die of heart disease than those with lower levels.

Phthalates and Your Children

According to epidemiological studies, exposure to phthalates adversely affected reproductive hormone levels (luteinizing hormone, free testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin), anogenital distance, and thyroid function. Alterations in thyroid function are associated with thyroid cancer. 

Among school-age children, exposure to phthalates results in disrupted arginine and proline metabolism, leading to overweight and obesity. The results of a 20-year birth cohort study indicate that prenatal phthalates exposure negatively affects infant height and weight and positively associated with height during childhood. Additionally, phthalates have been linked to social impairment in children.

In summary: the switch to organic creams, ointments and balms will significantly reduce exposure to the phthalates found so abundantly in cosmetics, skin lotions, shampoos and bath gels. Do it! 

Not only will your skin be able to absorb all the goodness of nature but the curative features of Supersalve's ingredients treat acute skin conditions and are absorbed deep enough to heal bones, tendons and strained muscles. That's win-win for you. 

NB: All SUPERSALVE products are completely free from petrochemicals, parabens and phthalates, and are safe for the whole family, from babies to the elderly and everything in between!

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