What’s in your skin care & cosmetics?
If you’re anything like I was a few years ago, the answer is “I don’t know.” Maybe you’re even wondering why you should even care.
The reality is that the majority of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body. Think about it. Your lotion disappears as quickly as you apply it and you know how at the end of the day your makeup is MIA? It didn’t disappear. It absorbed into your skin. If your products contain harmful chemicals, they are collecting in your body, causing damage to your cells and disrupting your hormone balance.
How is it impacting your health?
- 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- In the 1960’s 1 in 20 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Now it’s 1 in 8 and only 10% of these women contain a gene for the disease.
- 1 in 3 children will be diagnosed with autism, ADHD, allergies and asthma.
- Teenage girls average 13 hormone-altering cosmetic chemicals in their bodies.
- The umbilical cord of newborn babies contain an average of 200+ synthetic chemicals.
The average American uses 12 beauty products per day containing over 100 chemicals. Small doses throughout your day add up over the weeks, months, and years of your life.
What’s that number for you?
How is this allowed?
The European Union currently bans around 1,400 ingredients from beauty/skin care products. The United States bans 11.
The last time congress passed a law regulating the cosmetics industry was in 1938.
There are only 1.5 pages of federal law used to regulate the $200 billion dollar cosmetics industry.
Over 12,000 ingredients are used in our personal care products and 80% of those have NEVER been tested for safety. Even more troubling, chemicals that are linked with breast cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other health issues are allowed in the products we use every day.
We deserve better.
What can you do about it?
- Do your research. The Environmental Working Group has developed a database called Skin Deep that rates products on a harmfulness scale of 0-10. Look up your favorite products and the ones you use on your children to see how they rate. If they aren’t on the list, you can look up individual ingredients.
- Reduce your exposure. Avoid any cosmetic with “fragrance” as an ingredient. This is the industry’s way of hiding ingredients and claiming it’s a trade secret. Choose products that have a 0-2 rating on the Skin Deep database, make your own, or ask me what I recommend.
If you’re unsure where to start or what products are the right fit for you and your family or would like more information on the products I use after all my research and product testing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for personalized help.