Creepy Cosmetic Chemicals

Cruddy Cosmetics

What’s in lurking in your bathroom? Surprisingly, many of the ingredients in our everyday cosmetic products from shampoos to deodorants, make-up to sunscreen, are not as regulated by the FDA as one would hope. And considering just how many of these products we use on a daily basis (some estimates are around 15 per day for some women), we may just be lathering up our largest organ, the skin, with numerous toxins putting ourselves at risk for various health problems like skin irritations. Not to mention the harmful impact on wildlife as all of these products are washed down the drain every day.

As we’ve mentioned before, the Environmental Working Group has created this fascinating database, Skin Deep, to help consumers may educated purchases when it comes to our beauty products. Here’s their list of the top ingredients to avoid in cosmetics and personal care products:

  • Placenta
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Fragrance
  • Animal Parts
  • Hydroquinone Skin Lightener
  • Nanoparticles
  • Phthalates
  • Petroleum Byproducts

To read more about each of these products and to find out where they may be hiding, check this out and make sure you read this article.

So to reduce your risk, opt for natural products made from plants and minerals (check out some of the products here for a start), check the database for low hazard items, or even try making your own.

Posted in Living Green by Liz on March 5, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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