The Ugly Side of Pretty.
Skin, our shield of protection, is the body’s largest organ, and needs to be handled with care.
We have increasingly become more aware of what we are putting into our bodies. The same approach should also be applied towards what we are putting onto our bodies. Our society has become overly concerned and consumed with appearing young and “beautiful”. There are countless products on the market today geared towards reversing or slowing down our natural progression. Ironically, those very same products full of chemicals are most likely speeding up the process. The laws regulating cosmetics and personal care products are so limited today that there are many known cancer-causing and unnecessary chemicals being used in them. Let’s take a closer look at what’s actually in our products and ways we can eliminate them completely.
- Combination – the average woman uses 10-15 personal care products, averaging 120 chemicals per day.
- Absorption – there are 19 million cells in one square inch of our skin and the average adult body contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
- Unregulated- the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require ingredients in soaps and cosmetics to be approved for safety before going to market.
- Phthalates – currently banned from cosmetics in the European Union but still widely used in fragranced lotions, body washes & other products sold in the US. Why?
- Common Ingredients to stay away from – cocoamidopropyl betaine, olefin sulfonate, sodium luaroyl sarcosinate, potassium cocoyl glutamate, sulfates, parabens and phenoxyethanol. What a mouthful!
- Harmful to the Environment – what goes down our drains is detrimental to our oceans and marine life.
- Support local and/or organic, vegan and environmentally friendly products and companies. Most products can also be easily made at home with few ingredients and zero chemicals. Click here to see my easy, homemade deodorant recipe.
- Hit them where it Hurts – boycott! boycott! boycott! Money talks and most companies pay attention when their sales drop. You can make a difference!
To learn more and download a pocket shopping guide, visit:
davidsuzuki.org – ‘Dirty Dozen’ cosmetic chemicals to avoid
To get the facts, stay connected and take action, visit:
safecosmetics.org – The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition