It would be great if all products available on the market were safe and we didn’t have to worry about checking labels, but they’re not. The products we use everyday have the potential to cause long-term health concerns like cancer and reproductive problems. The Cosmetic Industry lacks the regulations other industries are under when it comes to labeling and safety standards. Therefore, it is up to us to figure out what products are safe to use.
Seems easy enough to avoid certain ingredients/chemicals in our products by looking for them on the label, right? Not really, some of these ingredients are difficult to decipher, pronounce and they may not even be disclosed. However, due to the potential toxic chemicals we need to educate ourselves so we can protect our families and communities from these chemicals of concern.
Thankfully, research has been done and continuing through groups, such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Fund and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The following are some of the chemicals of concern from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:
- Benzophenone & related compounds
- Butylated compounds
- Carbon Black
- Carcinogens in Cosmetics
- Coal Tar
- Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, TEA and others
- Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
- Lead and other heavy metals
- Nail Polish Removers
- Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE, AKA Teflon)
- Retinol and Retinol compounds
- Synthetic Musks
- Titanium Dioxide
I know the list seems daunting and you’re probably wondering how you will ever remember all of them. Let Green Passion Beauty help with “Ingredient of the Week” to discuss one ingredient at a time so we all can learn about the specific chemicals of concern. Also, I will share any educational tools I find through my research that might be helpful, like the RED LIST example below.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics enlisted scientists to make a shopping list or “RED LIST” for chemicals of concern to avoid when shopping for the following products: shampoo, conditioner, creams, sunscreen, color cosmetics, hair color and skin lighteners. Below is the Red List for cosmetics:
Hopefully one day we won’t need to use any lists of ingredients to avoid when shopping and all of the products will be safe! But for now please read your labels.
Green Passion Beauty