Cosmetics and Skincare Products Are Health Hazards

We pay a lot of attention to what we put in our bodies, but what about everything that goes on our bodies?

Cosmetics and Skincare are Harmful for Our Health

Many commercial cosmetics and skincare products cause health problems, including cancers. These are absorbed through our largest organ, the skin. On average, women use products containing 168 ingredients a day.

As consumers we must protect the health and safety of us and our loved ones. We pay a lot of attention to what we put IN our bodies, but not much thought goes in to what we put ON our bodies.

What we put on our bodies, goes in our bodies.

Did you know that the European Union has banned or restricted the use of 1400 ingredients from products, while in the U.S. only 30 are banned?!

Cosmetics and Skincare are Harmful for Our Health

This means that in North America we are on our own in protecting ourselves from these harmful products.

To see which potentially dangerous products you and your family are using, I encourage you to check your products’ safety at Environmental Working . A quick search of most products in the database will pull up its safety rating, why it’s received that rating, and what it is doing to you. If you can’t find a product, email me and I will find out the details for you!

During my doctoral studies I was shocked to learn some scary information regarding environmental exposures and our health. I had no idea that everyday products, like shampoo, body wash, lotions, lipstick, etc., were likely impacting my hormones, periods, fertility, mood, metabolism, and increasing my risk of cancers (Journal of Environmental and Public Health 2012).

Especially as a woman with PCOS, my endocrine and reproductive systems are already in overdrive just to function. Then I was throwing in endocrine-disrupting chemicals which wreak hormonal havoc (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2011).

I actually feel angry just thinking about the widespread use of these chemical-laden products, without any public education, discourse, or even warning labels.

Fortunately, I discovered Beautycounter, the leader in clean, a year ago (I wish I had sooner!). Their products are rigorously tested for safety (and don’t compromise quality either). They exclude over 1800 ingredients that have shown to be harmful to humans or that we just don’t have enough scientific data yet to be sure. They’re also active in ensuring new regulations are passed to protect consumers so one day every product on the shelf is a safe, “clean” product (as it should be!).

As a result, I’ve recently become a Beautycounter consultant. This means I help educate the public with evidence-based science and urge governments to increase beauty industry regulations. I also receive 20% off all products (what a steal!) and receive a commission when you use my links to purchase Beautycounter products.

Shop BeautyCounter Here

If you have any questions about choosing safer products or would like to chat about Beautycounter, feel free to email me at

In health,

Dr. Dylan Cutler, PhD

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Author: Dr. Dylan Cutler, Ph.D.

Dr. Dylan Cutler is the founder of Phruitful Dish. She's a holistic health content creator, vegan, athlete, feminist, social activist, and PCOS fighter. She obtained her Ph.D. in obstetrics and gynaecology specializing in PCOS management using nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. She resides in Victoria, Canada on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.

4 thoughts on “Cosmetics and Skincare Products Are Health Hazards”

  1. Thank you for this important information as it is so needed right now. I had little knowledge about how dangerous the chemicals in skincare products was dangerous to our inner bodies, I always thought they were only a problem to our outer bodies only. Thank you for enlightening me – Josie xxx

    1. I am SO happy I can use my platform and knowledge to educate! You are more than welcome. I, too, was shocked when I learned we can’t rely on government or public health agencies to protect our health when it comes to personal care products.

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