Are you aware that your cosmetic and beauty products are not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)? According to the FDA website on cosmetics:
“FDA’s legal authority over cosmetics is different from other products regulated by the agency, such as drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives. However, FDA may pursue enforcement action against violative products, or against firms or individuals who violate the law.” – fda.gov – Cosmetics/Guidance Compliance Regulatory Information
So one has to wonder just how safe are all of those beauty products that we use daily on our skin. Here are some examples of the price we may pay to look good.
Hydroquinone – Hydroquinone is a skin lightening agent and is found in many skin cosmetics and personal care products. It is considered to be one of the most toxic ingredients allowed in cosmetics and has been banned in Europe. The US allows concentrations up to 2% to be used in products. It has been linked to kidney damage, and can cause a skin condition called “ochronosis” in which the skin becomes dark and thick.
Triethanolamine: TEA is used as a fragrance, an emulsifier and a surfactant and is found in skin lotions, moisturizers and cleansing creams. It is known to cause skin allergies and increased liver tumor growth in female rats.
Diethanolamine: DEA is a wetting agent additive that is used in beauty products such as moisturizers and foundations. When absorbed into the skin it can accumulate in the organs. It is known to cause liver and kidney damage in experimental animals.
Ever walk into a nail salon? The highly chemical smell and fumes alone would surely lead one to believe that they have walked into a toxic environment. And you are not wrong. The main chemicals found in nail polish. nail glues and polish removers are:
Dibutyl phthalate: DBP is a plasticizer that is used in a wide variety of products. It adds flexibility and moisture. Studies have shown that this chemical is an hormone disruptor and can cause reproductive/genital abnormalities in males, poor sperm quality and infertility. Some studies associate DBP to breast cancer.
Toluene: this chemical is a solvent and can affect the nervous system with symptoms such as confusion, weakness, memory loss, nausea, light-headedness and death.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is used as an hardening agent and is a known human carcinogen. It can be also be found in deodorants, lotions, shaving cream, shampoo and mouthwash.
In July 2008. U.S. Congress passed legislation banning concentration of more than 0.1% in children’s toys and shampoos. Several nail product companies have stated that they no longer use these toxic chemicals in their nail care products.
To get toxic free makeup the best source is SISEL International. All products and their containers are toxic free. Their makeup line isn’t only toxic free it’s formulated to promote healthier skin.