I could make this a really long post…really long, because the beauty industry has some atrocious practices…but I’m not going to. Instead, I am just going to tell you a few things about the cosmetic and skincare industry that you may not know and then offer you several budget friendly, safe alternatives.
You would think that if you live in America, someone, somewhere, would be protecting you from toxins and heavy metals in products that you apply to your and your children’s skin, right? Well this is not the case. In fact, if you are buying cosmetics and skincare products from grocery, drug or department stores, your makeup most likely contains toxic chemicals, including ingredients known to cause cancer, disrupt hormones and cause reproductive harm!
That’s right, your mascara may contain mercury, your deodorant probably has parabens, and those sweet smelling fragrances? They aren’t so sweet. Synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies. And guess what? Cosmetic companies are not obligated to tell you specifically what is in the very products you apply to your body.
Let’s Do a Fact Check:
- What year did the US government last pass regulation regarding cosmetics? 1938.
- The number of harmful chemicals banned or restricted from cosmetics in the last two decades in Europe? 1300! The number of harmful chemicals banned or restricted by the United States government? Drum roll please. 11! That’s right 11.
- What percentage of popular lipsticks were found to contain lead in a 2013 study done by UC Berkeley? 95%. Yep, lead going right on people’s lips and yet there are regulations about lead in the paint that goes on your walls!
- Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
- What’s worse is the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our skin and on our children’s little bodies every single day, day after day.
It’s Not Just Makeup:
These toxic chemicals are also in your shampoos, body wash, shaving cream, perfumes, lotions, sunscreens and more. It is estimated 30% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream. So don’t think what you put on the largest organ of your body doesn’t matter, it does!
So What’s a Girl to Do?!
Now that you know, you can make better choices. Read labels. Google ingredients. Be mindful about every ingredient you put on yourself and your children.
There are Alternatives and They Don’t have to Break The Bank!
When I first became aware of the dangers in cosmetics I was torn. I thought I would have to choose between looking good and being safe. It turns out that is simply not true. I have an entire Pinterest Board dedicated to DIY Makeup and Skincare recipes that are easy to make and very budget friendly. You can literally make you own skincare and makeup in minutes for a few dollars! There are also some good products at health food stores! Unfortunately I found that I was going to a lot of different stores buying different lines and doing a lot of returning. But if you find what you like health food store cosmetics are generally safe and in the medium price range! So here is where I cut to the chase. If you are like me and not much of a ‘Do It Yourselfer’ and don’t want to spend the time experimenting and returning product, I want to introduce you to Beautycounter.
Beautycounter is a grassroots company started by mothers dedicated to bringing safe, non toxic, high quality cosmetics and skincare to everyone! No harmful ingredients, completely transparent policies, and the products actually work! As I ran out of my department store products, one by one I replaced them with skincare and beauty products from Beautycounter. And I saved money. Department store cosmetics are not cheap! My department store foundation was $56, my Beautycounter foundation is $41. I have been very happy with the quality and have not returned one thing I have purchased from Beautycounter.
Beautycounter is a one stop shop. They has everything you need for the whole family and it’s delivered right to your door. Skincare, makeup, sunscreen, haircare…everything for mom, dad and the kids. And when you shop at Beautycounter you NEVER have to worry about the ingredients. I hope you will take a look, spend some time scrolling through the products, the ingredients and the the safety promise. I know you’ll love it!
If you weren’t aware of how toxic most makeup and skin care lines were, now you know. Hopefully you can start weeding out the worst and step by step make healthier choices! What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them. You can always find Beautycounter on my side and navigation bar! ~ Linda Spiker
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