Makeup. Face wash. Soap. Lotion. Exfoliators. Makeup remover. Acne treatments. Sunscreen. Moisturizer. Serums.
What do they all have in common?
Extremely loose regulations with little government oversight that allow companies to use many toxic ingredients and ingredients without safety data while manufacturing your makeup and skin care.
Federal law regulating the cosmetic industry spans a whole 1.5 pages. This isn’t nearly adequate when over 85,000 new chemicals have been registered for industrial use, 10,500 of which are used in everyday cosmetics.
Of the 10,500 chemicals used in cosmetics, 10% have adequate safety data published.
Only 30 of those 10,500 chemicals have been banned in the US – several of which are no longer in production (1,400 have been banned in the European Union, and at least 1,500 have enough safety data to have been found to be especially toxic to us and the environment).
In fact, the last piece of legislation to pass congress was pre-WWII, in 1938!
Why is this important?
Because the average woman uses 12 beauty products a day between personal care and makeup products. Of those, she will average putting well over 100 harsh chemicals on her skin each and every day.
This is a big deal because:
- Those chemicals are able to be passed through the placenta of pregnant women,
- They can passed through breast milk to babies breastfeeding.
- 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.
- Health here in the US is largely declining in epidemic numbers.
- Poisoning our bodies and the environment is NOT sustainable.
How do you know if your skincare and/or makeup is safe?
You really don’t. Honestly, you’re trusting a brand with your health, when that brand isn’t at all required to even list all the ingredients in their products on the label. Why? There are many loopholes in the laws and no government oversight on the cosmetic industry. All that is needed on the label are generic terms, which is more often than not exactly where toxic ingredients that are harmful to your health are lurking.
Not to sound the alarm, but we all should be sick and tired of corporations taking advantage of consumers, and engaging in some shady tactics to keep racking in our hard earned money when they have absolutely no regard for human life or decency. There is no excuse to be using harmful chemicals in these products (like Lead in lipstick… yeah… that is really a thing).
There are colors used in eye shadows, lip sticks, lip glosses, eye shadows, and even foundations that are colored using synthetic dyes that come from petrochemicals. It is so common that the only way to know for sure whether or not we are using products that is safe for our bodies is to know the brand and what the brand stands for… and whether or not they are engaged in Greenwashing. Even “organic” and “all natural” marketing claims aren’t always what they seem… there are numerous ways to sneak in questionable and/or harmful ingredients even with those labels.
Please, make the switch to safer products!
A great resource to go to is EWG’s Skin Deep database at: www.ewg.org/skindeep and do a search for what you’ve been using to see how safe it really is. Be sure to check through the ingredients too!
Real quick, I want to remind you how important reading labels truly is. Just because something is marketed as being natural or nontoxic, doesn’t mean they are.
There is no FDA or FTC regulation for the term “nontoxic” or “all natural.” When you see those terms… it is safe to assume it is just blind marketing and means nothing, until you’ve been able to verify the ingredients yourself and make an educated decision on whether or not it is safe for you or your family members.
There is no verification process, and no industry standards publicly available. There is absolutely NO government regulating authority that has the ability to recall skincare or cosmetic products due to toxic ingredient use! The FDA is currently petitioning to have authority, but so far has not been granted. The only thing they can do is put out warning letters, which hardly generate intrigue nor are found to be newsworthy or taken seriously.
Lush, for example, advertises nontoxic ingredients, even though “parabens” are listed in their ingredients. They even justify it by commenting that “Parabens are some of the oldest cosmetic preservatives and have been used since the 1920s.”
This is exactly the problem… and it isn’t just Lush. I’ve seen the same response from MANY skincare and cosmetic companies.
This perpetual mindset justifying using toxic ingredients because everyone else is doing it, and its not illegal [yet] IS NOT OK. That’s making customers think it’s ok to pay companies their hard-earned money to make them sick and justify it because everyone else is doing it.
Yes, it is common for companies to use harmful ingredients. No, this does not mean you have to accept it… you do not under any circumstances *need* to pay your hard earned money to greedy corporations who don’t care and won’t accept responsibility if their products contribute to you getting sick (or worse).
Don’t loose hope… alternatives are available… even without having to DIY.
Should You DIY Your Own Products?
I tip my hat to those of you who DIY beauty products and makeup. And I’ll be your biggest cheerleader if you try to DIY everything yourself!
Personally… I’ve failed miserably with doing anything aside from making Homemade Body Butter and Homemade Sugar Scrubs, or using coconut oil or witchazel with some essential oils dropped in. My favorite face toner recipe is from Dr Meghan Birt, which is witchazel with lavender and frankincense added in.
As for making my own makeup… That would be a better fit for Pinterest Fail boards! I’ve seen some women have success with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, beet root powder… and other kitchen items… but when I try… total clown face that lasts maybe 20 minutes.
Regardless where you buy, your skin and health will thank you for putting quality products on your skin void of any harsh chemicals. Switching to safer products will substantially lower toxins in your body, limiting your body’s toxin exposure to elements outside of your control . It also further enables your body to defend itself from instead of continually becoming overburdened, which causes illness.
What cosmetic products we use
While I can DIY skincare all day long, DIYing cosmetics is not for the faint of heart. I personally should have ended up on the Pinterest Fails website looking like a clown after trying beetroot powder for blush and ginger/cinnamon on my face. It wasn’t a pretty sight at all, and has lead me to not recommend DIYing makeup products. If you’re brave enough, there are many recipes on Pinterest to try out.
For a few years, I personally used Beautycounter. I LOVE their mission and their quality standards. After 2 years, however, I allowed my account to go inactive after having some strange hot rash reactions on my face. I am very much sensitive to a lot of different things, but was bummed to have those reactions after using them for a couple years. In 2017 I switched to Savvy Minerals and was shocked at how well the mineral makeup works on me, how light it felt, how well it covered, how good it smelled, and how good my face feels when I wear it.
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