What You Put on Your Family’s Skin
May Be Hazardous To Their Health
By: Michelle Nadel
We all want to look better. We use face creams and body lotion to make our skin feel softer and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. We use shampoo and conditioner to make our hair straighter, curlier, to have more body, less frizz. We even buy products for our kids to help get out knots and tangles and that have delicious fragrance. But have you ever thought about what ingredients are in these products to obtain the desired results? Our skin is our largest organ, absorbing 60% of what we put on it, so naturally our products should be safe. Recent discoveries reveal, however, that this tale does not have a happy ending. Ingredients in many common products, brands we know and love, are linked to hormone disruptors, reproductive disorders and carcinogens. These ingredients truly are the Beast, wreaking havoc on our bodies. Yet, we keep slathering them on. Why? Because we are under the false belief that if a product is sitting on the shelf of a drug store, supermarket or department store in the United States, it must be safe. Sadly, that premise is just not true. Here are some scary facts:
- The United States has not passed a Federal Law regulating the beauty industry since 1938.
- The European Union has banned or restricted 1300 harmful chemicals. The United States has banned 11.
- 80% of cosmetic ingredients have never been tested for safety by a public agency.
- 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
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