Updated: Aug 27, 2018
How Can There be Carcinogens in Personal Care Products in the US?
Sadly, the last law regulating this industry passed in 1938, and since then 1000's of chemicals have been added to commerce, and the products we put on our bodies everyday.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, has identified 11 know human carcinogens in personal care products. Here they are with just a FEW examples of what they can be found in. Frustratingly, they have so many different names besides what you see listed:
1. formaldehyde (nail polish, eye lash glue, baby shampoos)
2. phenacetin (stablizer in cosmetics)
3. coal tar (mascaras)
4. benzene (hair products)
5. untreated or mildly treated mineral oils (petroleum based, skincare & haircare)
6. methylene glycol (hair straightners, hair gels)
7. ethylene oxide (fragrances, shampoos)
8. chromium (heavy metal in cosmetics)
9. cadmiun (heavy metal in cosmetics)
10. arsenic (recently found in kid's make at Claire's Boutiques)
11. crystalline silica/quartz (mineral make up)
Its INSANE to think the products on the shelves in our stores have these ingredients!
Don't freak ! Here is an easy, free way to protect yourself:
You can find safer products without hours of research. The Environmental Working Group's Healthy Living App is great place to start when evaluating product safety in your home, from skincare, cosmetics, cleaning products, hair care, baby wipes, food, and more!
Download the Healthy Living App and shop away knowing you are avoiding toxins linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, even allergies and immunotoxicity.
After losing her mother to cancer and her son's diagnosis of food allergies and digestion complications, Kara Petry became a certified health coach, educator, and consumer advocate with Beautycounter.
Kara now advocates for more health protective laws in the skincare and cosmetic industry, coaches clients on healthier living choices, surrounds herself with powerful women doing good works, and strives to leave the world a better place than she found it. Her great loves are her children, husband, and creating social change.
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