Health & Wellness


Teen Cosmetics
The average teen uses between 10 and 25 personal care and cosmetic products per day which together contain about 200 chemicals Read More.
Not Evaluated
89 % of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA or any other publicly accountable institution Read More.
Cancer Chemicals
1/3 of personal care products contain significant levels of cancer causing chemicals!!!
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A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical called 1,4-Dioxane has been found in dozens of children’s bath products and adults’ personal care products. And it's not on the labels
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Cosmetics and skin care products

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. What you put on your skin will enter your body. A couple of quick stories to illustrate this point. 

bulletA Twin Cities computer board manufacturer assembled their boards in a white room that was totally isolated to prevent contamination of the boards. The air was filtered. The employees wore masks and special clothing. It was discovered the boards were being contaminated with a fine aluminum dust. Production was shut down, the room completely inspected for the source. After much effort is was discovered that the source of the dust was an aluminum oxide coming from the deodorants used by the employees. The aluminum entered their bodies and was excreted from through the skin, going into the air and drifting down on the boards. True story.
bulletI told that story to my wife who is native Japanese. She said, of course. In Japan in order for an employee to even get a job in a similar company assembling computer products, the employee has to submit a list of all such products used and each has to be OK'd or changed so as to not contaminant the body and the work environment. And if the employee changes personal care products without getting it cleared with the company he/she can be fired. 

What you put on your skin is absorbed by your body!!! In the cases above those companies discovered chemicals and metals were being excreted through the skin and/or respiratory system into the air contaminating the computer chipboards. What does that tell you? Don't put something on your skin unless you are sure it contains non-toxic chemicals because whatever you use will enter your body.

We included this section on cosmetics and skin care for two reasons; one, almost ALL of the products you purchase off the shelf (and many you can't find on the shelf) contain toxic chemicals and few people know that; secondly, these products are consumed in the billions of dollars to slow, prevent or cover up aging skin. There is a better way.

What you will find here:

bulletBeauty to die for: health hazards of cosmetics and skin care products revealed - Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. is on a campaign to get the information out about what toxins and poisons are in skin care and cosmetics. ALMOST all companies use these chemicals. Read this article if you care about your health.
bullet Chemicals you want to avoid in skin products and why at Skin Deep/ (the Environmental Working Group). That is right, a list with links for more information. You can also look up products and companies.
bullet Not Too Pretty -  Phthalates, Beauty Products & the FDA PDF from about this toxin. Phthalates are found in 70% of all skin products.
bullet Repeated Exposures to these chemicals add up. Read how this can impact your health.
bullet Products With Unsafe Ingredients.  A list of companies whose products contain unsafe ingredients.
bullet Top Brands of concern at - Some companies are not on this list because they refused to supply information to EWG.
bulletList of Companies and products that do not contain these chemicals
bullet FDA regulation & rules for cosmetics (if you want to call it that) and links. This also contains info on the labeling "required" by the FDA. Here is a link to the FDA explaining the FDA regulation or lack of on cosmetics and skin products. "The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products... Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval." from the FDA web page.
bulletTeens for Safe Cosmetics -
bullet The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics



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