Beauty Products: Make The Change

Your skin is an organ. It sucks up every little bit of lotion and lather you put on it...and it goes straight into your blood stream. For those of you who haven't made the change to "healthy" soaps, lotions, lip balms, etc...please re-think your choice. I just cannot urge you enough to make these changes! It might be hard to switch out an item you've been using since Jr. High...but you just can't afford to continue using these products. Why? The U.S. has a beauty industry that is largely unregulated. Don't believe it? Check out "Not Just a Pretty Face" by Stacy Malkan. Here is a snippet from the book:

Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible?Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades.Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Incredible? Consider this:

  • The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just 10.
  • Only 11% of chemicals used in cosmetics in the US have been assessed for health and safety – leaving a staggering 89% with unknown or undisclosed effects.
  • More than 70% of all personal care products may contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility.
  • Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane.

Go to Skin Deep before you purchase anything. Don't assume that just because it's on the shelf at the Target and it has a really cool "organic looking" package that it's good for you and your children. Packaging is meant to be mesmerizing...they want you to buy their products. But don't be fooled. Be a label reader! Look past the pretty bottle and really examine what you are buying.

I was looking for something tonight on the site and came across a few of these "favorites". They might not be your favorites after you read on...

Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon Anti-Bacterial Soap

Suave Men's Shampoo

Blixtex Lip Balm

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo

Do your research and choose items that have very few ingredients and that you can pronounce. That will narrow it down to just a few lines of now your choices are much easier! :) Go for Aubrey Organics, or a line of locally homemade items (one of my favorites is Prairieland Herbs...check out their Cheek Gloss!). Better yet...learn how to make your own products and you'll save money too!

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