Know the chemicals in your products

I didn't know when I applied sunscreen, lotion, and many other products to my skin that I was applying toxic chemicals to my largest organ and even into my blood stream.  I just assumed there were requirements and testing that ensured my products were safe.  I never thought to question it.  

It turns out, companies are not required to tell us they are using known toxins in their ingredients.  These are toxins that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption. Here are some interesting facts:

  • The last year the US Federal Government passed a law regulating cosmetics was in 1938.
  • The European Union has collectively banned or restricted 1300 harmful chemicals from cosmetics.
  • The United States as banned or restricted 30 harmful chemicals from cosmetics.
  • Approximately 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
  • Over 95% of popular lipsticks contain lead.

Researchers at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health published a study in 2013 that detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals in many drugstore and department store popular brands of lipsticks.

I don't want to create panic, but decades of studies show serious health issues, like asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility are on the rise.  This is due, in some part, to our exposure to toxic chemicals.  The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for regulating cosmetics but they allow companies to use harmful ones such as lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates.

Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. They created a Never List™ made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.  They are dedicated to making changes on the legislative level and are creating a safe skincare movement. 

Watch this short video to learn more.

Beautycounter works closely with non-profit organizations that are doing work to reduce toxic exposure.  The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  They have a great app called Healthy Living that has ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products.  I challenge you to check out what you are putting on your largest organ.