You probably know that organic food is safer for you than food sprayed with glyphosate and other toxins, but what about all the personal care products you use on a daily basis?
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it?
Did you know that the vast majority of imported personal care products are never inspected?
The FDA reported that 20% of the products they tested had adverse findings.
The Environmental Working Group is an amazing resource for learning about many of the questionable ingredients in products.
Some of the FDA’s most troubling discoveries included:
- Skin whitening creams with high levels of mercury.
- Eyeliners containing a product called kohl, samples of which have been found to contain significant lead levels.
- Hairsprays containing methylene chloride, an ingredient banned in cosmetics and that has been linked to deaths from its use in paint strippers.
- Cosmetics kits with high levels of Citrobacter, Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus bacteria.
- Eye makeup containing color additives, banned for decades because they are hazardous to eyes.
- Temporary tattoo products with unapproved color additives.
Even scarier, the FDA’s findings likely underrepresent the full scale of the problem.
Reading labels and knowing you to trust when looking for healthy solutions is so important. In fact, that is one of the main reasons we started this site.
After you’ve read the labels on your products (and have no clue what half the ingredients are), head over to the Skin Deep Database compiled by the Environmental Working Group