If you haven't read the fine print on your self-care products, you should. It might surprise you to know that the beauty industry is largely unregulated, and what's lurking beneath the pretty packaging may be far less enticing. Here are 3 key reasons why you should pack your reading glasses the next time you're shopping for shampoo.
It’s not just the organs on the inside that matter. More than 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body—and ALL of it goes right into your bloodstream. If your cosmetics come with a side of contaminants like propylene glycol or diethanolamine (that’s a mouthful), you better count on them winding up in your blood. Not pretty.
For the sake of your health, feed your skin well.
“Dirty” beauty products add up. Just think about it: on a daily basis, we don't just use one product. There's shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, hand soap, toothpaste, lipstick—and I’m just getting started. The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day, totaling about 168 unique ingredients. If these products aren’t “clean,” the damage adds up quickly.
In fact, over 10,000 chemicals are used in cosmetic products. But only about 10% of those chemicals have been tested. And if you’re living in the US, your prospects are even worse. The United States has banned or restricted only 11 cosmetic ingredients, while Europe has banned over 1,500. That’s an astounding, unregulated toxic load for our bodies to bear.
What happens when we rinse our hair in the shower, sending our shampoo down the drain? When you apply a beauty product to your body, it doesn’t stop with you: your actions have wide-reaching effects. The toxins in our skincare + cosmetic products wind up in our water supplies, our soil, our air—everywhere—and they’re polluting our planet and the creatures that live, swim, and fly upon it. For the sake of humanity + all future life, our earth deserves our compassion.
So what can you do?
- Read ingredient labels. If you can’t pronounce it, ditch it. There’s a safer beauty product calling your name—and your health + our planet demand that you choose it.
- Vote with your dollar. If we support only products that are good for our bodies and the earth, companies will have to change their behavior. Your vote is more powerful than you think.
- Spread the word. Tell your friends and your congresspeople. And be sure to head over to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and take action.