For those of you that are new to the term “safe beauty” you may be wondering…what’s all the fuss? Was this term created to cause yet another health panic? Here are some facts to help you decide! My background in Environmental studies has always made me consider my ecological footprint when making purchasing decisions of any kind so naturally my choices in beauty products were no different.
I’ve always had adverse reactions to fragrances (headaches, nausea) and after having a family and being more responsible for cleaning, I also realized I would get a headache after cleaning and started to make the connection that it could be the artificial fragrances found in cleaning products…not just my extreme distaste for cleaning lol.
When I became involved in the beauty industry and was exposed to more products, I always ended up favouring products that felt lighter on my skin vs. other make-up artists that were just concerned about the products having the most “long lasting” pigments or staying power.
As I started to educate myself on the ingredients and their potential side effects I was shocked and disgusted. Many of the harmful chemicals in these products have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and hormone disruption! No one should ever have to sacrifice health for beauty!
Here are some important facts that I learned since starting my journey of safe beauty activism:
- The U.S. has not passed a federal law to regulate ingredients in personal care products since 1938!
- In the U.S. only 30 ingredients are restricted or partially banned from cosmetics.
- The European Union has banned close to 1400.
- The Federal Canadian Government currently prohibits less than 600 substances for use in cosmetics through Health Canada.
- Chemicals in personal care products may poison water supplies! 2 major culprits are 1,4 -dioxine (commonly found in shampoos and soaps) and parabens. They are washed down the drain through products like shampoos and facial and body washes, are not biodegradable, they leach into ground water and then contaminate drinking water.
The good news is there are safer products out there but again you must take responsibility when making your purchasing decisions and DO YOUR RESEARCH! Many products are labelled “natural” or “organic” in some instances there may be one ingredient in the product that may be one of those 2 things but STILL be loaded with chemicals that the company is not compelled to divulge to you, due to lack of regulation.Remember those fragrances I was complaining about… it turns out that Synthetic fragrances often referred to on labels as “Parfum” can include over 5,000 chemical substances only 1,500 have been tested for human safety and of those over 850 are known to be toxic or carcinogens. Again companies are protected by the “Trade Secrets” act so you will never know what’s in their “Parfum.”
If you are ever in doubt about the products you are currently using take the time to research on the Environmental Working Group website http://www.ewg.org/
What do you think? Safe Beauty? What’s all the fuss? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! xo Charlotte