So you watch what you eat, exercise and feel like you're pretty careful with you health. Unfortunately, you're likely to be exposing yourself to dozens of ingredients every day that increase your risk of cancer, bacterial resistance and inflammatory conditions like asthma and dermatitis. How can this be? The average American uses 10 personal care items each day. Many women use many more. Unfortunately, personal care items do not have the same level of regulation as food and drug items, and as we know, many dangerous ingredients slip through even those relatively porous safety nets. This leaves the responsibility for choosing which items you will or won't put on your hair, skin, teeth and nails to you.
One thing that makes this so difficult is that this information does not need to be readily available to you. Whether you shop at Bergdorf's, Sephora or Walgreens, if you take the time to look, you'll find that many skin care and cosmetic brands don't even list their ingredients. It's hard to make purchasing decisions about ingredients when this information isn't even available to you unless you care to look things up on the internet as you shop. Most of us don't, and just accept that the manufacturer's won't sell us anything we wouldn't want on, or in, our bodies. This is a sweet, but naive assumption when dealing with a multi-billion dollar industry.
Does it really matter? It's not like you're eating these products, right?
Wrong. Topical (or on the surface) application is a very effective vehicle for getting many medications, chemicals, and unfortunately, toxins into the body. This is why it's a common vehicle for many medications from pharmacies. Topical exposures are also a frequent issue dealt with by poison control centers. So you need to care about this as much as you care about looking at the labels in the grocery store.
Once you start to look, you're halfway there. You'll soon learn which ingredients are actually effective and likely to benefit you in the ways the advertisements promise. You'll also start to learn which ingredients you don't feel comfortable using. The first step is to start looking. If you're willing to do that, we're glad to help you become better educated about the rest.