What Are You Rubbing Into Your Body?

In one day I may use these items on a regular bases: deodorant, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, toothpaste, and hand lotion. In addition to those I might use: mascara, eye liner, blush, lip gloss, and foundation. My husband may use shaving cream, face cream, chap stick, and some of the other items that I have already listed. Sound pretty typical doesn’t it? We could  be using six to ten body care items in one day. This doesn’t even include insect repellent, diaper cream, tanning lotion, hair gels, sun screen, and other items that some may use.

My husband and I are very conscious about what we eat. No toxic foods for this couple! So if we, like so many other health conscious people, won’t put toxins in our bodies, then why do we put them on our bodies? Our skin is our largest organ, what we put on it goes onto it goes into us! After cleaning up in the morning, we could have plastered 30 or more toxins onto our bodies!

Most people believe that if a product is for sale in a  store then it would have to be safe for us to use. Unfortunately this is not the case. In the U.S. the FDA does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the skin care market. More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union (EWG 2007b).

Remember the baby pigs and huge toads floating in big glass jars in eighth-grade science class? Most likely the fluid preserving them was formaldehyde, which is added to deodorant and nail polish.Have you ever thought what your car antifreeze and your shampoo have in common? That’s right Propylene Glyco.

A new analysis of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals that the problem of lead in lipstick is worse and more widespread than previously reported. The new study found lead in 400 lipsticks tested by the agency, at widely varying levels of up to 7.19 parts per million (ppm) — more than twice the levels reported in a previous FDA study.

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Product tests released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in March 2009 found two chemicals linked to cancer, 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, in dozens of bath products for babies and kids, including Sesame Street character brands and even the iconic “pure and gentle” Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. None of the products tested listed 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde on the label.

SO THE GOOD NEWS

You do have resources! EWG’s Skin Deep site allows you to put in the name of your product to see if it is healthy for you and your family.

Also The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R.2359), introduced on June 24, 2011. Under this law:

Provisions of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 include:

  • Phase-out of ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;
  • Creation of a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations;
  • Elimination of labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company websites, including salon products and the constituent ingredients of fragrance;
  • Worker access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;
  • Required data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing; and
  • Adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry.

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People ARE becoming aware and the ARE purchasing international…meaning, they are using good common sense and not getting sucked in my media marketing.  Watch the cute and informative video below….it’s very interesting. Happy and safe choices to you!

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