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BREAKING NEWS: New Zealand Bans PFAS from Skincare Products – What You Need to Know!

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Hi beautiful! Get ready to rejoice because we've got some ground-breaking news to share – New Zealand is taking a stand against harmful forever chemicals, and it's making waves in the beauty world. But before we dive into the celebration, let's talk about why this ban is such a big deal.

 

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WHAT ARE PFAS

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Picture this: you're diligently following your skincare routine, hoping to achieve that radiant, healthy glow. But unbeknownst to you, lurking in some of your favourite products are PFAS. These pesky chemicals have been quietly causing havoc, not only on our skin but on our overall health and the environment.

 

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in various industries for decades due to their unique water and oil repellent properties. These chemicals can be found in a wide range of everyday products, including non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, food packaging and even skincare products. Despite their usefulness in manufacturing, PFAS have garnered significant attention for their potential health and environmental risks.


 

WHY ARE THEY BEING BANNED?


But why all the fuss about PFAS? Well, let's break it down. These forever chemicals have been linked to a range of health issues, including hormonal disruptions, reproductive problems, and even cancer. And here's the kicker – once PFAS enter the body, they stick around for a long time. Studies have shown that these chemicals can persist in the human body for years, accumulating over time and posing a serious threat to our well-being. According to a study by the CDC, PFAS have been found in the blood of 97% of Americans. 


 

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE BAN?


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Now, here's where the plot thickens. New Zealand, known for its breathtaking landscapes and commitment to sustainability, has officially declared a ban on PFAS in cosmetic products. Yes, you read that right – they're one of the first countries to take such a bold stance against these harmful substances. Talk about leading the charge in clean beauty! With New Zealand paving the way for a PFAS-free future, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief. No more worrying about the hidden toxins in our skincare products – it's time to reclaim our beauty routines and prioritise our health.

 

And let's not forget about Denmark, our sustainability superhero across the globe. They've also stepped up to the plate with a comprehensive ban on all PFAS chemicals, showing the world that when it comes to protecting our health and the environment, every action counts.

 

 

HOW TO AVOID THEM IN SKINCARE


It's all well and good knowing that these are GOING to be banned in some countries (Australia isn't there yet), but in the meantime, how do you avoid them? What do you look for on labels? Here is a comprehensive list according to the FDA of what PFAS can be listed as on ingredient labels:


No

CAS NUMBER

INGREDIENT NAME

1

51851377

PERFLUOROHEXYLETHYL TRIETHOXYSILANE

2

9002840

POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE (PTFE)

3

934368602

TETRADECYL AMINOBUTYROYLVALYLAMINOBUTYRIC UREA TRIFLUOROACETATE

4

429674

TRIFLUOROPROPYL CYCLOTETRASILOXANE

5

999004821

TRIFLUOROPROPYL CYCLOPENTASILOXANE

6

882878480

PERFLUORONONYL DIMETHICONE

7

306945

PERFLUORODECALIN

8

163702076

METHYL PERFLUOROBUTYL ETHER

9

163702087

METHYL PERFLUOROISOBUTYL ETHER

10

69991679

POLYPERFLUOROMETHYLISOPROPYL ETHER

11

355420

PERFLUOROHEXANE

12

64577635

TRIFLUOROACETYL TRIPEPTIDE-2

13

306912

PERFLUOROPERHYDROPHENANTHRENE

14

460731

PENTAFLUOROPROPANE

15

10442838

HC YELLOW NO. 13

16

163702054

ETHYL PERFLUOROBUTYL ETHER

17

335273

PERFLUORODIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANE

18

379685968

ACETYL TRIFLUOROMETHYLPHENYL VALYLGLYCINE

19

999004531

TRIFLUOROPROPYLDIMETHYL/TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE

20

999004949

TRIFLUOROPROPYL DIMETHICONE/TRIFLUOROPROPYL DIVINYLDIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER

21

999001447

TRIFLUOROMETHYL C1-4 ALKYL DIMETHICONE

22

163702065

ETHYL PERFLUOROISOBUTYL ETHER

23

1805227

PERFLUOROMETHYLCYCLOPENTANE

24

999001107

C9-15 FLUOROALCOHOL PHOSPHATE

25

80977400671

PERFLUORONONYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE/AMODIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER

26

1557087305

ACRYLATES/PERFLUOROHEXYLETHYL METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER

27

115361687

TRIFLUOROPROPYL DIMETHICONE

28

999003110

POLYPERFLUOROETHOXYMETHOXY DIFLUOROETHYL PEG PHOSPHATE

29

999004438

PENTAPEPTIDE-34 TRIFLUOROACETATE

30

50285182

PERFLUORO DIMETHYLETHYLPENTANE

31

999001989

PEG-8 TRIFLUOROPROPYL DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER

32

355931

OCTAFLUOROPENTYL METHACRYLATE

33

92332257

PERFLUOROALKYL PHOSPHATE

34

88645298

POLYPERFLUOROETHOXYMETHOXY DIFLUOROHYDROXYETHYL ETHER

35

2001566556

DIFLUOROCYCLOHEXYLOXYPHENOL