Did you know that toxic chemicals and ingredients are being used in everything from beauty and personal care products to everyday items of household use. Our exposure to these chemicals is no longer safe for us, although the FDA claims that exposure to these toxins isn’t harmful.
Why Should You Be Concerned?
The FDA has not evaluated 90% of the 10,500 cosmetic and skin care ingredients that are being used by manufacturers in producing skincare, beauty, and personal care products. While you won’t drop dead after applying your perfume or face cream the use of all these countless chemicals combined may have possible long term side effects and we should be concerned.
The European Union has banned more than 1100 ingredients that are used in cosmetics due to fear of causing cancer, reproductive harm, or birth defects. The US bans just 10.
You’d be surprised to know that many of the skin and beauty care manufacturers aren’t even required to mention all their ingredients on the label in order to protect their trade secret.
Where To Look and Research For Yourself
1. The Environmental Working Group
The Environmental Group’s Website is committed to the research and evaluation of skin care products. It publishes news, tips and reports on safety rating for different products in various categories and is the largest source of safety rating of products listing more than 50,000 products. You can easily navigate EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database to find out if the skin care products you use meet safety standards and if they don’t learn which ones do.
Another place where you can find out if the products you’re using are safe and toxic free is GoodGuide. It assigns scores to products based on the health concerns rating of ingredients used and other negative information that might be available such as regulatory restrictions.
3. Safe Cosmetics
Since 2004 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been educating consumers as well as pressuring the beauty industry against the use of toxic chemicals in products. You can navigate the site to read the latest news, developments, and reports to find out about different products and their safety ratings.
What I Use
My favorite skin care line is by Isagenix called Rejuvity. It’s toxic free and reasonably priced. I especially like the eye cream!