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?!
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 Group.org . 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.
If you have any questions about choosing safer products or would like to chat about Beautycounter, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dylan Cutler, PhD