Would you be surprised to learn that women who use make-up on a daily basis can absorb almost 5 pounds of chemicals into their bodies each year? The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day; men use about 6. That can mean applying more than 100 different ingredients each day. Some of the compounds present in these products have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to cancer. When you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your blood stream without filtering of any kind, so there’s no protection against the toxin.
I’ve written before about the toxic chemicals in some personal care products:
- Is Your Sunscreen Helping You or Hurting You?
- 11 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Hand Soap and Sanitizer and Safer Options for Your Family
- Does Your Toothpaste Have These Dangerous Ingredients? Plus Natural Toothpaste Options
- Safer, Natural, Non-Toxic Shampoo for Adults and Children
- Skin Moisturizer Ingredients to Avoid, Plus Some Great Natural Lotion Options
The Story of Cosmetics
To get a quick story about this, watch this 8 minute video. You may be surprised at what you learn.
If you can’t see the video, click here.
The Safe Cosmetics Act
It’s up to Congress to close gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo, hormone disruptors in fragrance, and lead in lipstick. That’s what you get when you have a $50 billion industry that’s practically self-regulated.
What can you do?
- Visit the SafeCosmetics website.
- Learn more about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.
- Ask your Representative to support safe cosmetics. (It takes less than a minute to do.)
- Read labels and start buying safer products for you and your family.
- Look for my upcoming article where I will share easy ideas for replacing two common cosmetic products with simple things at home.
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