Experts say that despite the backlash against some popular skincare favorites, like St. Ives scrubs and Mario Badescu creams, most cosmetic products on the market are safe for most people. However, it’s always best to check ingredients lists and avoid any products that contain potentially harmful chemicals.
The average person uses about 10 cosmetic products daily, composed of 168 chemical ingredients. And even some seemingly harmless chemicals can cause harm.
Skincare is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Up to 60% of what you put on your body gets absorbed into your bloodstream, so it’s important to choose products that are safe for your health. That is why it’s vital to choose products that are free from harmful chemicals. These products are often referred to as Clean Beauty.
These products are made from ingredients that have been planted, grown or harvested to standards that ensure they don’t contain pesticides and other chemicals. They are also usually cruelty-free. Most (but not all) organic skincare brands do not conduct animal testing.
The best clean cosmetics are those that are natural and free of chemical preservatives. These preservatives can cause a wide variety of side effects, including rashes and irritation. In addition, they can be contaminated with heavy metals, such as lead, which is found in lipsticks and other makeup that have been produced using contaminated pigments.
The label on a cosmetic product must be clear and include the name of each ingredient. It must also comply with European laws that dictate which colors and UV filters are allowed, which ingredients can be restricted, or which must not be used at all. The label should also display an expiration date.
Beauty products are a huge business and the industry is constantly changing. Vogues come and go, but one constant is that the products are often full of chemicals that may do harm. Even if the exposure level is low, it adds up and increases over time. It’s important to choose beauty products that don’t increase overall exposure and are especially important during crucial cellular and hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and puberty.
Choosing beauty products that are safe means choosing a natural formula without toxins. WODA Skin Care offers clean beauty products that are mindfully created and produced without any proven toxic ingredients. It is also important to read the label carefully, especially looking for words like ‘fragrance’ and ‘parabens’ that are used as marketing terms rather than actual health requirements. Apps such as the Environmental Working Group’s Think Dirty and Clearya’s browser extension help you to identify chemicals of concern and a product’s hazard score.
Some of the most harmful chemicals in cosmetics are colorants and preservatives. Many contain lead (even though it is banned in products you apply to your body!) and phthalates, which mimic human hormones and can cause reproductive, organ and neurological damage. Instead, choose beauty products that use pure color pigments sourced from fruits and vegetables and natural preservatives.
Many products used on the skin and hair are cosmetics that are safe, such as perfume, makeup, lipstick, eye and nail polishes, shampoos, soaps, deodorants and toothpaste. However, there are strict rules on how a product is manufactured and the ingredients that go into it. This is why it’s important to use beauty and cosmetic products that are safe.
In the US, cosmetics must be tested and approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), but they do not undergo the same stringent testing as drugs. Nevertheless, there are regulations and guidelines in place, such as the European Cosmetics Directive, which governs all aspects of manufacture and safety. All cosmetics must also display a list of all ingredients on the packaging, using the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient system to provide clear and understandable names for the chemicals.
It’s important to remember that a chemical is not automatically harmful just because it comes from a natural or organic source. For example, triclosan, which is commonly found in body washes and some antimicrobial products, can be toxic in high concentrations, leading to the development of resistant bacteria. So, it’s essential to read the label and follow usage directions. In addition, if a cosmetic is known to cause harm, such as rashes or allergic reactions, the manufacturer must remove it from the market immediately.