Could that “hope in the bottle” cause disease, tumors, disrupt hormones, or trigger allergies and irritate your skin? The answer is yes. Scientists have shown that chemicals in cosmetics can pass through the skin, enter the bloodstream and accumulate inside our organs.
Have you ever counted how many cosmetics or personal care products you use in a day? Chances are it’s nearly 10.
And chances are good that they include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products if you’re a man, and cosmetics if you are a woman.
And what about your children? On any given day you might rub, spray, or pour some combination of sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo, lotion, and maybe even insect repellent on their skin.
Most people use these products without a second thought, and believe that the government must certainly be policing the safety of the mixtures in these myriad containers. But they’re wrong.
The government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products before they are sold. And as people apply an average of 167 unique ingredients on their skin daily, these chemicals, whether they seep through the skin, rinse down the drain, or flush down the toilet in human excretions, are causing concerns for human health, and for the impacts they may have to wildlife, rivers and streams.
Why do companies use harsh ingredients like these? Because they can. Synthetic ingredients are also a fraction of the price of their natural counterparts, making them attractive to manufacturers.
Please take 2 minutes and 29 seconds to get the real story behind cosmetics.
Can Cosmetics Make You Sick?
Your skin is your biggest organ – shouldn’t you know what you feed it everyday? 1100 chemicals that are banned in Europe are still allowed in our lotions, diaper rash creams, lipsticks, aftershaves and other personal care products.
- The average woman uses 12 products containing 167 different chemicals on her body and face during her daily beauty regime. The average man uses 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients.
- Of the 80,000 chemicals used in this country, only 200 have been tested for safety
- 300 contaminants have been detected in the umbilical cord blood of newborns
- Buying organic, natural or dermatologist recommended products can mean nothing. Seek the assistance of a health care practitioner experienced in holistic medicine to help guide you.
- Check your labels and avoid products containing phthalates, BHA, talc, color pigments made from coal tar, formaldehyde, paraben preservatives, and propylene glycol.
Beauty and health go hand in hand. Take the important step to find out what’s lurking in YOUR cosmetics, and find safer options in EWG’s Cosmetics Database – it’s easy to search.
Are you using safe, non-toxic cosmetics and personal care products?
What positive changes have you noticed in your health as a result?
Toxins frequently build up in the body over time. Have you taken steps to cleanse these harmful chemicals, toxins and byproducts?
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