Challenge yourself this week and go into your bathroom, shower or makeup drawer and pick up one of your most used items. If you see any ingredients such as artificial fragrances, formaldehyde, aluminum, sodium lauryl sulfate, toluene, PFOA, triclosan or anything with the word “paraben” in it such as methylparaben (which breastcancer.org reported could be a potential link to causing breast cancer), toss it. Really, toss it. These are harmful chemicals that won’t be found in any product that is truly “natural” or “non-toxic”. Cheap, fast-producing chemical-based ingredients are a way to add fillers to makeup and body products. The long-term, chronic application can lead to skin conditions and pollution of our environment. I mean, they gotta go somewhere after we wash it off from our face.
According to Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group, some 40 countries in the EU have banned over 1,400 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. The U.S. FDA in comparison has only banned or restricted 9-11 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has a ways to go to protect consumers from these ingredients. We need to do our part in making sure we’re reading the labels of our beauty products and keeping those chemicals out of our bathrooms. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing brands using safe and healthy ingredients. And we’ve highlighted them so you can stay safe and look fab!