Everyday we lather cosmetic products on our bodies that are a result of one of the most unregulated (and profitable) industries in the world.
EVERYDAY WE LATHER COSMETIC PRODUCTS ON OUR BODIES THAT ARE A RESULT OF ONE OF THE MOST UNREGULATED (AND PROFITABLE) INDUSTRIES IN THE WORLD.
Health is comprised of many moving parts and is a constantly evolving element of our lives. One of the most overlooked components of health is the daily application of toxic products we lather, rub, and apply to our bodies and our children’s bodies. The general thought is that if products are available for purchase on shelves around the country, they are safe enough to use. We’ve come to believe that if beautiful celebrities, makeup artists, and even the average person uses conventional cosmetics, they are simply beauty tools without side effects.
With a bit of digging and some help from EWG, Beautycounter, and The Breast Cancer Prevention Partnership, I learned how far from reality this notion is.
- The average person uses 9 products a day, adding up to an average of 126 chemicals.
- 80,000 chemicals exist on the market today, the majority have not been tested for safety.
- The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938, and while Europe has banned 1,100 chemicals from cosmetic products, our country has banned 11.
These facts pull some weight as well:
- “Cosmetic ingredients do not remain on the surface of the skin. They are designed to penetrate, and they do. Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including phthalates in urine, preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue and persistent fragrance components in human fat.” – Environmental Working Group
- “The American government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals in personal care products. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data.”- BeautycounterContrary to popular belief, low doses of toxic chemicals are harmful. Substances that disrupt the body’s own hormones known as endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs)—can exert important biological effects at low doses.
Our cosmetic industry regulations are flawed, potentially dangerous, and harming the health of modern families, but we don’t have to stand for it. We can make empowered buying choices and mindful swaps. Guarantee your purchases are safe by making a point to buy non-toxic, safer skincare, and beauty products. I encourage all my clients to transition to non-toxic products and I hope you’ll consider this an important part of your health as well. Get started with my nontoxic beauty basics below: