One of my readers asked about safe cosmetics. I did a post on this subject a while ago, but I am reblogging it because it’s such an important topic. According to the Environmental Working Group, on average American women use 12 products a day and men average 6 products daily, which means an adult is likely to be exposed daily to 126 unique chemical ingredients in personal care products alone.
We might not realize that the make up we put on our faces or the hair and body products, sunscreens, and nail polish we use on a daily basis have a host of dangerous chemicals and allergens like mercury, lead, parabans, pthalates, and others. Watch out for products with fragrances. There are no regulations on ingredients and there are usually dozens of synthetic compounds. I always wonder why American cosmetic companies sell the same products in Europe without the chemical additives! Well, the European Union strictly regulates the extremely hazardous chemicals found in everyday products in the United States and has banned about 1,100 chemicals, while the FDA has banned only ten! Of the more than 10,000 chemical ingredients in personal care products, 89 percent have not undergone safety testing, according to the Environmental Working Group. If you read about what these additives do to our bodies, especially young, developing bodies, you would only use organic personal care products! It’s scary….
The average woman “eats” more than 6 pounds of lipstick over a lifetime, just one of many cosmetics used. Fortunately finding safer products is getting easier. Whole Foods Markets and independent natural food stores have several lines of organic skin care products that are safe to use, like Dr. Hauschka, Mychelle, Badger, Burt’s Bees. Some products are “cleaner” than others, so make sure to always read the label and be wary of names too long to pronounce. A knowledgeable sales person will be able to help you find the safest products.
Organic cosmetics and personal care products are not only better for your health, but better for the earth too! When discarding them, fewer chemicals will go down the drain or in the trash, seeping into our water supply and landfills. Many watch dog groups like the Environmental Working Group and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow are forcing pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies to eliminate these harmful chemicals. To rate the toxicity of your personal care products, visit www.safecosmetics.or, which does an online safety assessment of 75,223 products.
Information from ewg.org and ecosalon.com.
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