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Is My Lipstick Making Me Sick?

Did you know that we slather an average of 168 chemicals on our bodies everyday - Yikes!


Unfortunately, the cosmetics industry claims that we have nothing to worry about. But there’s evidence that some ingredients in our beauty products have been linked to hormonal disruption and certain cancers and infertility.

The beauty industry regulation is a ‘post-market’ system.

We assume that there’s a level of protection that our government provides to protect us from harmful ingredients in the products we purchase.

The truth is that the beauty industry is far less regulated.

Beauty products  are put on the market and if there’s a problem, that’s when the regulatory system kicks in. Nobody is testing to see what’s actually in the beauty products we buy.

The term ‘fragrance’ may be hiding potentially hazardous ingredients.

Companies want to keep their signature scents a secret, so our government allows manufacturers to use the word “fragrance” on packages instead of listing all of their ingredients. This can be used as a loophole to conceal a range of potentially problematic and harmful chemicals.

Cosmetics are poorly regulated and commonly made from untested chemicals-makers can use almost any ingredient they choose.

Buyer Beware - Products to look at.

Hair Dyes - especially dark, permanent hair dyes.

Loose Powders - easy to inhale particles that can be toxic to our system.

Perfume and Fragrances - ingredients can trigger allergies and skin reactions.

Common Ingredients with Safety Concerns.

Avoid The Following Ingredients in:

  • Bar Soap - Triclocarban

  • Liquid Soap - Triclosan

  • Moisturizers - Retinyl palmitate or retinol

  • Toothpaste - Triclosan, flouride

  • Lipstick - Retinyl palmitate or retinol

  • Hair - Fragrance’. PEG, ceteareth and polyethylene, parabens. Propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl, DMDM hydration

  • Sunscreen - SF above 50, retinol palmitate, aerosol sprays, oxybenzone

  • Insect Repellent - DEET

  • DMDM hydantoin

  • Diazolidinyl urea

  • Imidazolidinyl urea

  • Ceteareth

  • PEG and polyethylene

What Can I Do?

  • Always ready the label to see the listed ingredients, then choose wisely.

  • Be aware that words like ‘gentle’ and ‘all-natural’ could be ad hype.

  • Choose products with the MADE SAFE seal.

Choosing 'Clean' beauty products requires us to purchase and use products created with ingredients that work with our natural body’s systems.

Brands to Try.

  • Beautycounter

  • Honest Beauty

  • Sun Bum

  • ILIA

  • Well People

  • Cocokind

  • RMS Beauty

  • Jones Road

  • 100% Pure

  • Kosas

  • Juice Beauty

  • Alima Pure

  • Merit Beauty

  • Burt’s Bees

We all want to feel good about the products we use and especially if we're already eating foods that support better health outcomes.

Using cleaner products can really make a difference in your health and lighten the toxin load your body must deal with.

Living a healthy lifestyle takes both time and commitment to check labels and become informed, because skin health is a big part of overall wellness.

I hope you will consider these suggestions and take control of what you put both in and on your body.I'm happy to help you navigate 'clean' products to support your health and well-being.

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Thanks for reading,


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