Men proudly sprout their moustaches to raise funds and create awareness for men’s health but how about the ladies? November is also National Skin Month, so for the women who need a little distraction from their man’s growing moustache learn about what is lurking in your beauty products.
Personal care products are filled with chemicals, plasticizers, degreasers and so much more. We often don’t think twice of what our cosmetics, lotions, soaps, etc. are doing to our skin as long as we look good, smell good and the product is cost effective. But we should, absorbing chemicals through the skin can be as dangerous as swallowing them because it enters our bloodstream immediately.Women, myself included tend to use more personal care items, makeup being one of them more often than men. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, 80% of the cosmetics on the market contained at least one toxic chemical. The simple solution would be to switch to natural cosmetics but it does not come cheap. I cringe every time I spend $20 on mascara that does not work as good or have the 6-month shelf life compared to cheaper drugstore brands – but I do it. Not everything I purchase is natural and chemical-free but I am slowly working towards it.
What’s in Natural Cosmetics?
Natural cosmetics are without harmful ingredients and chemical preservatives thus they have shorter shelf lives and need extra care to keep clean. Ingredients such as borax, lavender, rose oil, honey, lemon zest and rosemary are used as natural alternatives to antibacterials, preservatives and antiseptics in natural cosmetics.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’
Just as you read food labels, if you cannot read the ingredients ask yourself if you should be using it. Here’s a summary of the “dirty dozen” harmful ingredients lurking in beauty products you should avoid:
1. BHA and BHT
2. Coal tar dyes
4. Dibutyl phthalate
5. Formaldehyde-releasing chemicals
7. Parfum or “fragrance”
8. PEG compounds
11. Sodium laureth sulfate
For more information on the “dirty dozen” visit davidsuzuki.org.
To rate or review your current cosmetic brand, visit the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.