If someone asked you what your greatest asset is, what would be your response? I believe your greatest asset is your health.
By no means am I a health expert, but I do a lot of digging to understand what I can do to stay informed about ingredients, foods, and products that can impact health. Some facts startle me and move me to action.
Here are four things I’ve learned that I’m sharing with everyone.
1. Federal laws regulating the beauty industry have not changed since 1938.
Think about that for a second. It is 2016 (!!!). After WWII, we’ve introduced over 85,000 chemicals into commerce; between 80-90% of these chemicals have never been tested on human health.
Only 11 chemicals have been banned in the U.S., and in Europe, can you even guess how many are banned?
2. Legally, the words “organic, natural, safe, and green” mean nothing in the beauty industry.
Even products that are certified as organic (something I always used to look for) can have as little as 10% organic ingredients.
3. Have you heard of parabens & pthalates?
Parabens are a class of preservatives that prevent growth of bacteria and mold. They mimic estrogen in our body and have been linked to breast cancer, skin cancer, and decreased sperm count.
Ptalates are plasticizers – they make plastic more pliable (like shower curtains). When this ingredient is used in our skincare products they make fragrance stick to our skin and they make styling products more malleable. Ptalates are very tricky to find in ingredient lists and the word “fragrance” is one of the umbrella words meaning ptalates are involved.
Read your labels. There are tons of other ingredients like triclosan that are harmful to your health and as we know, many, many more.
4. “Unlike pharmaceutical companies, cosmetic companies are not required to notify the government of “adverse reaction” reports — even if someone dies.”
This article about Wen shampoo completely blew my mind just this morning (prompting this blog post). Also from the article…
Patricia J. Zettler, a health law and policy expert at Georgia State University and a former FDA lawyer, said that under existing law, the agency could take action against the company only if it could prove a product had been mislabeled or contaminated. If the product turns out to be dangerous but legal, the government has no recourse.
Thankfully, companies are getting more progressive and more pushy with legislators. It’s 100% why I got involved in Beautycounter… to learn, share, educate and empower people to shop differently.
I want to raise my future family to be healthy and not have to worry about what they are consuming. I want to travel to dozens of countries with my future husband and leave a legacy in my community. What I do today counts for all of that.
What you do today counts for all of that.
What else can I share about this topic that adds value to your life?