We all have our favorite beauty brands and products that we swear we can’t live without. Products for which we’ve searched high and low, work perfectly and have used for years. They make us look and feel our best. If they make us feel good, they have to be good for us right? Not necessarily.
Let me share with you that the average woman’s beauty routine introduces her body to 515 different synthetic chemicals every single day*. There is much debate around how much of these chemicals are absorbed in the body and what is considered a “safe” daily level.
The current regulation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not require cosmetic companies to disclose their ingredients to the FDA before putting products on the shelves for us to buy. However, they are required to list their ingredients on a product label. This gives us insight on what was used to manufacture the product. With all the chemicals used in products, it’s challenging to know what’s good and what’s bad for you.
I have a list of 5 ingredients to look for in your beauty products. All of these ingredients have been associated with or linked to health concerns ranging from mild to serious conditions. Here we go:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
- Synthetic colors – FD&C or D&C, represent artificial colors. F representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1).
If these are present in your beauty products, it’s time to switch up your routine, limit your exposure and look for certified organic beauty products. The beauty products we use to look good, should also be good for us!
*Research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company