You Need to Know About These Dangerous Bath, Beauty, and Makeup Products
Stock Up On Green Products!
Did you know that lead is in a huge percentage of lipsticks? The FDA released a follow-up study in 2009, to their 2007 study that found much higher levels of lead in lipstick than reported by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2007. 61% of the 33 popular brand names tested included lead. Lead-contaminated brands included L'Oreal, Cover Girl and even a $24 tube of Dior Addict. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to put those on and kiss my loved ones!
Did you know that Parabens, often showing up as ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben, are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation? Parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. In a 2004 UK study detected traces of five parabens in the breast cancer tumors of 19 out of 20
How about how nitrosamines leading to developmental or reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and systemic toxicity? Nitrosamines are considered "impurities" and not even listed on most ingredient labels. They are typically formed when certain proteins, such as diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA), are used in the same products as preservatives that can break down into nitrates.
That's just the tip of the iceberg and if that's not enough to have you questioning your bath, beauty and cosmetic items, I don't know what else will do it.
You can avoid those ingredients, help protect the planet, and your own health by deciding to "Go Green" with your toiletry items. Many companies are beginning to create lines of green makeup, bath and beauty products. You just need to do some due diligence to find out what the best name brands are.
Now, the organic and natural markets are typically a little more expensive than their toxic counter parts, but some of them are still very affordable. For me, it boils down to getting what you pay for, and better health and a healthier world to live in seems like a reasonable investment to make.
The Guide to Green Beauty and Makeup Products is a great guide that lists over 30 brand names that are natural and organic. Yours truly put that list together and use quite a few of the products from those brand names. Sure, I still have some toxic products, but I'm slowly weeding them out as I replace them with healthier alternative. I've found that the quality and usage is every bit, if not better than the products that were replaced.
I'm also using a lot more natural beauty recipes from ingredients found in my own kitchen. That helps save money and just feels great! One example is the Orange Facial. This is excellent for smooth skin, controlling oily skin, clearing up blemishes, and removing wrinkles. Simply slice an orange into small slices, apply to freshly washed face and relax for thirty minutes. Rinse off and use your favorite moisturizer. How easy is that?
I hope you'll join me in going green with your own bath, beauty, and makeup products. You'll feel better, look better, and help save the planet, one gorgeous make-over at a time!