Before my friend Margaret introduced me to Beautycounter, I assumed that when I bought shampoo, lotion, or makeup, someone, somewhere, had independently verified that the products were safe. I was disheartened to learn that personal-care products and cosmetics are hardly regulated in the U.S. This led me to not only switch over almost all of my products to Beautycounter but also to sign up as a Beautycounter consultant to educate others and help get safe products into the hands of everyone. This recent article from Teen Vogue is a great summary of what is going on in the beauty industry today. Please read and share it with those you love, especially the young women in your lives.
Here are some highlights:
😡The legislation around the personal care industry dates back to 1938 so almost 80 years of self regulation and little oversight.
😡The US currently bans 30 ingredients. The European band about 1400 out of a total of 6,500 ingredients that are reportedly used in cosmetics today.
😡“The law doesn’t require cosmetic firms . . . to submit their products, ingredients, labeling, or claims to FDA for approval before the products go on the market,” according to a spokesperson for the FDA.
😡The FDA doesn’t have the power to do total recalls of beauty products.
Once a product is on shelves or in salons, there’s not much anyone (except the brand responsible) can do to get it off the market. Example: Wen Hair care- 21,000 complaints and still being sold while investigations are still ongoing.
😡The government’s limited control over personal-care products is also concerning given that in some cases they contain substances that can potentially do a lot more than superficial damage. A whole host of hormone-disrupting and possibly carcinogenic substances can be found in these products, ranging from carbon black (a suspected carcinogen) in nail polish, to those formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in hair products, to phthalates in makeup, lotion, nail products, and body washes.
😡That’s a lot of potential exposure, given that the Environmental Working Group has found adult women use an average of 12 products per day, containing an estimated 168 chemicals, and teenage girls use nearly 17 products per day on average. In addition, another EWG report, out last year, found that products marketed to black women included higher quantities of hazardous substances such as parabens, formaldehyde, and lye (a key ingredient in some hair relaxers that has been linked to hair loss and scalp burns).
😡Cancer, infertility and other reproductive orders, allergies, asthma, autism, ADHD are increasing even with all the research and work towards a “cure”. Example: Parabens are found in breast cancer tissue.
✅ There are two bills in the works to improve the situation, although not solve the problem. It’s a start and we need your voice and your vote with your daily actions and make safer, cleaner choices and share this with others!