Beauty Risk: Your Makeup Might Kill You
The average woman uses 12 personal care products per day, and the average man, six. While this may surprise you that your guy actually owns six beauty products, what is even more surprising are the number of chemicals that are in your favorite products.
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Act, the average beauty product has 12 or more ingredients in it, and they most likely aren't all listed on the product label. What is even more nerve-wracking is that only 20 percent of the ingredients cosmetic companies use have actually been inspected for safety.
That's why the Safe Cosmetics Act is fighting to get (believe it or not) more government control when it comes to scanning cosmetics to make sure they contain safe and healthy products. There are currently no laws that control what toxins can go into our staple products and to date, the FDA has only banned eight out of 12,000 ingredients that could be possibly used even though some of these harmful ingredients have been linked to cancer, fertility problems, and other serious health issues.
What the Safe Cosmetics Act is promoting is a movement of green chemistry, which is increasing in popularity. Green chemistry involves a group of chemists whose primary purpose is to tweak the ingredients companies use in products to make them safe for us to use. The campaign believes that if they can get the government to take more precaution with what they allow huge cosmetic corporations to use, along with the movement of green makeup, we won't have to sacrifice our to-die-for products or the amazing results it gives us. No sacrifices on our part? We're all for that.
To get more information about the Safe Cosmetics Act, visit safecosmetics.org.
What do you think about the campaign? Do you ever worry about chemicals in your cosmetics?