From when we wake up and brush our teeth to when we wash our face before going to sleep, there are tons of personal care products we apply throughout the day. Skin care, makeup, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, sunscreen, etc. Many of us are so caught up in feeling and looking good that we forget to turn the bottles around and look at what these products are really made of.
Pick up one of your favorite personal care products and look at the ingredients. It’s probably a lot of words you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce. Some of these are safe to use, but a lot of them are not.
There are over 10,000 ingredients used in personal care products, and approximately only 10% of those have been tested for human health. The even scarier part is that the US has not passed a major federal law to regulate the ingredients in personal care products since 1938. There are over 1300 ingredients banned from all personal care products in the Europian Union, and only 11 are banned in the United States.
While we work out, eat clean, and do everything we can to be healthy, we’re putting these products on our skin from the moment we wake up to right before we go to sleep. It might not seem like a big deal, but our skin is our biggest organ. Our skin doesn’t have the ability to metabolize everything that goes on it and everything we put on it is immediately absorbed into our bloodstream.
Many of these ingredients have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormonal disruption. Cancer, allergy, learning disability, and asthma rates have significantly risen over the past few decades and are all linked to ingredients in products we used every single day.
I first was exposed to this side of the beauty industry in college. One of my favorite teachers I’ve ever had in my life, Mrs. Habermeyer, asked us to bring in our favorite beauty products. She went through a list of harmful ingredients and told us to put anything with any of those ingredients aside. Even products that were marketed as “natural” “clean” “pure” and “organic” were put aside. By the time she was done, most of us had no products left.
To be completely honest, I don’t use all “safe” products. There are a lot of products that I’m really in love with that I’m not ready to give up. But the goal of this is to inform you and help you to be more aware. I do use a few products from BeautyCounter, a company founded by a wife/mom on the beliefs that we need to be more aware of what we are putting on our bodies and into our bloodstreams. All of their ingredients were tested over and over, and every one that they use is proven to be safe.
Some of my favorites are below:
You can hear more about the brand here.
I’m not saying you need to switch up your whole routine, or throw everything you love in the garbage, it’s simply to inform you! Share this post with anyone you know who is a product junkie and doesn’t realize how harmful it can be.