LOADS OF TOXIC SKIN CARE IN THE STORES DOESN’T MAKE IT OKAY TO USE
It’s absolutely outrageous that there’re so many toxic skin care products on the store shelves! It doesn’t matter if you shop at a drugstore or Sephora, you are very likely to get an item that has harmful chemicals in it, even if you spend big bucks. Many people assume that if some popular brand’s lotion, face mask, or mascara is out there in a mass market and has thousands of customers, it’s gotta be safe. This is not the case.
We live in a world where we shall be skeptical, aware, and alert since neither the government, nor any industry prioritizes public health. As long as companies make profits and meet some broad health requirements, they get to sell their products. FDA has very loose regulations for cosmetics and skin care products. Many of the ingredients may potentially cause serious health problems when used continuously for a long time. However, scientists haven’t researched those chemicals enough, so the government doesn’t restrict them yet.
FDA IS LARGELY UNREGULATED, SO TRUST YOUR OWN RESEARCH
It is our responsibility to question and research anything we consume or apply to our bodies. Many illnesses are simply a result of an accumulation of toxins from face masks, junk food, water pollution, soaps, cleaning products, etc. Why would we wait 20 years just to hear that, let’s say, phthalates found in fragrances are for sure linked to birth defects or cancer?
Unfortunately, cosmetics and skin care products are highly under regulated in the U.S. and the companies can even get away with not mentioning certain ingredients, due to “trade secrets.” Let’s talk facts:
- FDA banned only 11 chemicals in the U.S. as opposed to 1,300 in Europe. Think about it.
- FDA doesn’t legally define claims “Organic” and “Natural” for cosmetics.
- Scientists still have over 80,000 synthetic chemicals to study, which may turn out dangerous once tested fully.
EXAMPLES WHEN POPULAR BRANDS DAMAGED OUR HEALTH
Lead in lipsticks, formaldehyde in hair products, and mercury in skin creams may act unexpectedly if too much of it has accumulated in a body. It can mess with your hormones, skin health, and cause birth defects or even cancer.
The FDA found the highest lead levels in lipsticks made by L’Oreal, Cover Girl, and Revlon. Lead is a neurotoxin and small doses cause harm as well, not to mention when it’s in high concentrations. Lead may cause a reduced fertility and hormonal changes.
Johnson & Johnson had to pay $72 million to Jacqueline Fox’s family because the baby powder she was using in the intimate areas for decades was linked to cancer. The woman died from the ovarian cancer, as a result. And for the entire time, Johnson & Johnson knew that the product was linked to cancer, yet stayed silent.
Bath & Body Works has been using a dangerous chemical Triclosan up until 2014 to make anti-bacterial products. Triclosan can disrupt hormonal cycles and muscle weakness and has been fully banned by FDA in 2016. Nonetheless, consumers were using it on their hands for so long without any warning.
These are just a few examples to show that big popular companies aren’t necessarily safe. It can cost one a life to find out the next hazardous chemical.
HOW TO SURVIVE IN A WORLD FULL OF TOXIC PRODUCTS?
Now that you’re aware of all the danger that chemicals in our personal care may cause, it’s time to make a plan. What are you going to put on your face, hair, and body? How to avoid all the hazards from skin care and make-up products?
Well, there’re way too many chemicals, and it ain’t no fun to learn a background of each one. But here are a few recommendations that will help you to make an educated choice:
- Check the label of any beauty product just like you would with food. Make sure it contains only a shorter list of natural ingredients that you don’t need a degree in chemistry to understand.
- Shift to health-conscious ‘green’ brands. Whole Foods has some great products. Instead of bottled perfume, use natural high-quality oils.
- Beware of a ‘fragrance’ ingredient! As I’ve mentioned earlier, according to the law, companies have a right to keep their trade secrets and don’t have to break down thousands of cancer-causing or hormone disrupting chemicals that go into their ‘fragrance.’
- Avoid buying from shady websites or random brands on Amazon. The same goes for the cosmetics from other countries, unless you’re sure that the country’s regulations are strict and thorough.
- Make your own DIY personal care products, such as organic sugar scrub, blush, lip tint, or body oil.
- Research, research, research. Find the explanation from independent scientists, not the ones that are sponsored by those skin care companies. FDA controls cosmetics and skin care in the U.S., so check out their regulations and contact them is you find a problem, not only the company itself.
- Be an aware customer.
3 HIGHLY VALUABLE SOURCES FOR INFORMED DECISIONS
But let’s say, you still want to use a foundation or mascara from the mass market, but the ingredient list is too complex. Or you aren’t sure whether that natural body wash is actually natural, since no one canceled sneaky marketing. There are 3 amazing sources that will help you a lot!
EWG: www.ewg.org (there’s also an app called Healthy Living) is a non-profit organization that provides groundbreaking research to make our lives healthier. You can find information about personal care items, cleaning products, tap water, and pesticides in your food. It’s a golden source for health-conscious people. They also have a large database of products with the rating of each ingredient used. Also, they’re tying to change the regulations and get the Congress regulate the industry better.
Good Guide: www.goodguide.com (an app is also available) is another amazing tool that will guide you through tons of products, rating each product in terms of safety. Plus, they have a blog with useful information.
Think Dirty App: they rate popular personal care products on a scale from 1 to 10, and rate every single ingredient in the product. Many products have a rating of 9-10, which is the dirtiest, just because they have a fragrance in the ingredient list, even if the other ingredients are clean. And it makes sense, the companies don’t share what chemicals go under a ‘fragrance’ umbrella, so as a rule of thumb, worst kind of chemicals are in there.
BE A CONSCIOUS SHOPPER, NOT AN EXPERIMENT FOR CHEMICALS
In the end, as a humanity we keep finding out about what is good for us and what can kill us. Neither a government, nor companies, nor independent researchers can protect us by detecting an all-inclusive list of harmful chemicals. The chemical in a body wash that’s acceptable today, may be directly linked to cancer 10 years down the road. What we can do for our health is watch closely what we put in our bodies and apply on our bodies. Always check out labels, and do not assume that the product is safe just because it’s sold all over the country.
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