The big brand name cosmetics that you might use right now have suspect or downright dangerous ingredients in them. Can you find safe cosmetics to use?
Sadly the FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetics, and isn’t required to test the ingredients of cosmetics for safety for human use. Or safe for human consumption.
Human consumption? Isn’t that a little silly, we don’t eat our cosmetics.
Well really in effect we do. You see if you apply a product to your face, lets say it’s a moisturizer or a lipstick or any form of skin care product or cosmetic product, a little soaks in. And when it soaks in some of it gets into your bloodstream, which is exactly what happens when you eat something. So you have really eaten it.
Some of the ingredients, including potentially dangerous ingredients, have found their way into your system.
And sadly there are some very nasty ingredients in our body care products, cosmetics, skin care and anti aging products and other beauty products. Our lipsticks, mascaras, blushes, foundations, eye shadows and more have ingredients in them that have been shown to cause cancer.
Here’s a quote from the FDA that might make you wonder:
The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval.
Scary isnt it?
The problem is so bad that there are now entire organizations set up to try and stop the spread of dangerous ingredients in our cosmetics. One of them, possibly the best known, is the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics.
If you get to their website you’ll find they say this.
1. A study has found that some (more than half of those tested) major big name brands of lipstick contain lead, including:
Christian Dior Addict Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor Maximum Red True Red and Positive Red LOreal Colour Riche were included. And the tainted lipsticks included some expensive brands too, so it doesn’t help to pay more.
2. And there are some brands of cosmetics, or some individual products, that contain 1,4-Dioxane, and if you look on their labels you won’t find it listed as an ingredient.
And theres lots more examples, no need to list them all here, although I’ve talked about this in more depth in relation to dangerous ingredients in skincare products on my website. So can you find safe cosmetics?
Yes you can find safe cosmetics, just as you can find safe (and very effective) safe skin care products.
There are a number of small niche cosmetics companies that work very hard to produce safe and high quality cosmetics ranges for the canny consumer. The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics actually has a register that these companies can sign to evidence their commitment to producing safe products, though you won’t find the big brands have signed it.
Unfortunately these small companies can’t even try to compete with the big brands on marketing budget so you won’t see their ads on TV, and so have probably never heard of them. But they have top shelf products to sell.
If you head over to my website you’ll find out who are the very best of the manufacturers of high quality skin care products and cosmetics.
So whether you’re looking for skin care, or cosmetics, you can buy your products comfortable in the knowledge that you aren’t putting your health at risk.