According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman uses 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. These ingredients are generally toxic in nature. Think your products are safe because they claim to be hypoallergenic, or safe for sensitive skin? Guess again. Body products and cosmetics are NOT regulated by the FDA, so manufacturers can put in any ingredients they like, including chemicals and colorings which get absorbed in to our bodies. Our skin is our largest organ, and absorbs at least 60% of what we put on it. If we do not carefully choose our products we can inadvertently expose ourselves and children to hundreds of chemicals every day!
Many of the chemical toxins in cosmetics, lotions, and sunscreens directly affect our immune system, organs, and hormonal regulation. These chemical toxins have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. LUCKILY these chemicals are completely avoidable; many companies are dedicated to providing chemical free cosmetics and body products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a group who’s working to hard to help protect the health of consumers. They monitor chemical additives in cosmetics and encourage companies in the cosmetics industry to phase out the use of chemicals. For a complete list of companies that belong to this campaign please visit www.safecosmetics.org. Learn about the ingredients your favorite cosmetics. The site www.cosmeticdatabase.com rates the toxicity of thousands of skin care products to learn more.