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Heidi reports to the rumors of formaldehyde in bras: It is all about cutting costs. Save a cent here, do not tell anyone this is toxic. The skin is the biggest organ in our bodies. What are we putting on our bodies? I was blown away that they were still using formaldehyde.
The chemical is used to help retain elasticity and shape, according to a
vendor she talked to about the subject. It is also used in wrinkle-free
textiles. While Europe has stricter laws about formaldehyde use in clothing than
the U.S. does, formaldehyde is a classified carcinogen. In other words, it
causes cancer by altering a cell- genetic structure. It can also cause a variety of symptoms and adverse health effects such as eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation, coughing, wheezing, and allergic reactions (like skin blisters and rashes),
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce report dated 2010, there are zero enforceable legal restrictions on formaldehyde in clothing, but there is required disclosure if it exceeds certain levels. For people over age three, the U.S. does
not require labeling until levels meet or exceed 75 parts per million (ppm) for innerwear. It
is 300 ppm for outerwear
An ill-fitting bra can cause damage as well, though the rumor about bad fit causing breast cancer was debunked by a number of sources. Like a strapless bra, reports Heidi. Women think it has to be very tight. But your body cannot flush out through your lymphatic system. A bra cannot be restriction-free, but it has to be gentle. If we could, we should run around braless!
Ill-fitting bras can also cause bank pain, shoulder/neck pain, block blood flow to the breast tissue, and even cut the skin.
That argument along with premature sagging that is attributed to prolonged bra use are great reasons to take off your bra as soon as you get home very day.
What are common mistakes with regard to choosing and caring for your booby traps? Heidi named three:
- Throwing your bra in the washing machine. Ideally, wash it with your hands.
- Buying bras the wrong size-usually due to poor measuring techniques.
- Believing one size is consistent across brands. For instance, they [A
brand] were using a 36B cup in a 34C band. In a cut and sew cup (no foam
shaping), the sizing is more consistent.