It was thoughtful. And smelled good. But I couldn’t slather it on my body every day knowing that it was toxic and full of chemicals that would seep into my skin and go directly in my bloodstream.
Ever thought about hormone or birth control patches? How do they work? They are put on your skin and the active ingredients are absorbed into your body.
FYI your skin is your largest organ. That didn’t really mean much to me in anatomy class in college. When I was learning the systems of the body I was just making flash cards and memorizing for a test, it definitely wasn’t applied to real life.
I used to buy skincare products and perfumes based solely on their smell and their price. If it was on sale, it was for me. Little did I know, these products penetrate your skin and can cause serious health issues. Does the term “Endocrine Disruptor” mean anything to you? It didn’t to me either. Endocrine Disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with your hormones.
According to the NIH, Endocrine Disruptors work in 3 different ways: 1.) mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body 2.) bind to a receptor in a cell and block the hormone from binding so the normal signal fails to occur and the body doesn’t respond properly 3.) Interfere or block the way natural hormones or receptors are made or controlled.
They can cause developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune issues including developmental disorders, infertility, birth defects, cancerous tumors and who knows what else.
Common sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals include: pesticides, cosmetics, plasticizers (like BPA), metal food cans, plastic bottles, flame retardants, food, and toys.
To say our government is behind on regulations such as personal care products would be an understatement. This is a huge bee in my bonnet so I will try not to stay on this soapbox for too long — well for today, anyway. 🙂
The FDA has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety. Yea, read that sentence again. So no one is overseeing what harmful effects these products might have on our health. Beauty products in the US are not reviewed, approved or checked for safety and accuracy of ingredients before they hit the market.
Other places such as Canada and Europe are far ahead of us. They have banned more than 1,300 ingredients where the US has banned 11.
A few years ago I heard that the European government demanded that OPI change their nail polish ingredients in order to be sold and used in their country. So of course they did. Do you think they changed the ingredients in the OPI colors sold in America? No. Because they aren’t mandated to. They aren’t even overseen or watched, much less mandated.
Luckily the Environmental Working Group is on our side. They have a “skin deep” database with thousands of products they have tested for toxicity. They are ranked from 0-10, with 10 being the most harmful to your health. Once you use the site (or download the app) you will become obsessed and start researching everything you put on your body. The lower the number the better, and I try hard to find products that are 0, 1 or 2.
A few years ago I looked up my shaving cream and it was a 9. We will just say that I now use bar soap and haven’t bought shaving cream in years.
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ — It will change your life. You can also download the app and scan barcodes of different products.
This is a screenshot of the lotion I got for Christmas. It is a 6 –yikes!