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.
Beautycounter provides me with comfort knowing I am using safer products. They exclude 1800 ingredients which have shown to be harmful, or don’t yet have enough data to be sure. As a result, I’ve recently become a Beautycounter consultant.
We believe in:
- educating the public with evidence-based science,
- urging governments to increase beauty industry regulations, and
- producing safer products which don’t compromise quality
Dr. Dylan Cutler, PhD