How Safe Are Your Personal Care Products?

An average woman uses between 10-12 different cosmetics or personal care products every single day. Usually these types of products are used without a second thought to their safety. One reason for that is because people erroneously believe that if something is not taken internally, then it has no risk. That is a myth that should be dispelled. The reality is that the skin is the largest organ of our body.  It is also very porous and it does cover us completely.  It has such profound absorption properties that the Center for Disease Control has warned that the skin is the most common path of exposure to toxic substances. That’s why dermal patches of pharmaceuticals are so effective. Whatever is placed on the skin gets quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.  That is  also the reason that those dozen or so topical products daily used by women need to be given greater scrutiny.Personal Care Products

It is a myth that the FDA is monitoring the safety of topical products. The truth is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no mandated testing requirements for topical cosmetic products or their ingredients.  That means that the manufacturers  may use any ingredient or raw material without being reviewed or approved by a government regulatory agency. The minor exceptions to this statement are the color additive ingredients that are used in many products. Another exception is if a product contains an active ingredient that is recognized as an “over-the-counter” drug.  There are no government policies regarding required health studies or pre-market testing on cosmetic products.

The chemical industry also has no pre-marketing testing required for safety, even though the chemicals are being utilized in cosmetic formulations. No assessments are being made to determine the cumulative exposure levels and effects of a variety of hazardous and synthetic chemicals that are utilized in personal care products. Many carcinogenic ingredients are used for their preservative qualities and their foaming and emulsifying properties.

The cosmetic industry is expected to police itself through the recommendations of a safety panel that is funded and run by the cosmetic industry’s own trade association.  Without the oversight of an objective panel, the apathy given to potential health hazards is inevitable. Thankfully, there are a few consumer advocacy groups that have been researching the safety of a number of various ingredients for the past few years.  One of those, called the Environmental Working Group has concluded that by and large, the basic ingredients found in most personal care products are, indeed industrial chemicals. Many of these are by-products of petroleum or other harsh compounds and they have been proven to be carcinogenic.  One category of toxic cosmetic substances are call surfactants. These compounds  are also used in engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners, and car washes.

It’s important to not be misled by the words used on the front of a label. Just because a product is labeled as “organic”, does not make it so. The FDA only requires that 10% of the total amount of a product’s’ ingredients need to be free of harmful chemicals in order to qualify for the “organic” label. The word “natural” or “hypoallergenic” have no required FDA-qualifying definitions at all. Research done by consumer groups has shown that in 35 percent of children’s products tested that were labeled “natural”, known artificial preservatives were included in the formulas.  This same non-profit research group determined that 22% of all personal care products they tested were contaminated with 1.4-dioxane. Residues of lead were found in 61% of all lipsticks tested. Of the 1700+  childrens’ body care products tested, 81%   actually contained allergens or skin and eye irritants, even though they were labeled as gentle or hypoallergenic.

Remember, skin care is a daily ritual. Whether you use a product  on your hair or skin, under your arms, or rubbed on your face or massaged onto your scalp or brushed onto your teeth, it will show up in your bloodstream.  Make sure that the next skin care purchase you make can benefit your system from the inside out.

Author Bio – DiAnna is a writer that focuses on health.She is currently involved deeply in a new age energy therapy called EFT Tapping.To learn more about EFT and to get the complete EFT Definition visit her site. 

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