GENISTEIN

What is it?

“Genistein is an isoflavone that is described as an angiogenesis inhibitor and a phytoestrogen. It has the chemical formula C15H10O5,” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the group:

Genistein is on the Red List* from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund). They classify the substance as an endocrine disruptor.

* “The Red List includes chemicals found in personal care products that pose serious, chronic health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The list also flags chemicals that are banned or have use restrictions by the U.S. or other world governments, ingredients that adversely impact worker health, and ingredients that are widely used in products marketed to women of color.” – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

How is it used?

Genistein can be found in cosmetics* such as acne products, anti-wrinkle/ anti-aging products, skin cleansers, skin moisturizers and skin toners. The substance is also used in cancer treatments as it restrains the uncontrolled cell growth in cancer.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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