by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
The Scary Surprises could be Hiding in your Cosmetics
BOO! It’s that time of year again – Halloween. But what’s scarier than haunted houses or creepy getups? The toxic chemicals hiding in costume makeup. Many people assume that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate cosmetics and personal care products the same way it does food and drugs to ensure safety. But actually, cosmetics are one of the least regulated consumer products on the market.
According to the Breast Cancer Fund, Americans use an average of 10 personal care items every day, resulting in exposure to more than 126 chemicals. This is extremely alarming, considering 60 percent of what you topically use on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Breast Cancer Fund Releases Report to Unmask Toxic Chemicals
But it’s not just adult cosmetics that you should be worried about. A recent report published by the Breast Cancer Fund, revealed that frightening ingredients were found in Halloween face paint and makeup advertised for children.
Through label reading and lab testing of kids' Halloween face paint, scientists discovered harmful substances like parabens, formaldehyde-releasing chemicals and heavy metals such as lead (a neurotoxicant) and cadmium (a hormone disruptor).
The presence of these materials in children's cosmetics is alarming, especially since adolescents are highly vulnerable during critical periods of development.
Safer Options Exist
And as long as the toxicity of formulas are hidden or unknown, consumers can't make safe and informed purchases for themselves or their families. Fortunately, an increasing number of companies (like us!) are already making safer alternatives without chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption or other health problems.
Eliminate your contact with phthalates, preservatives and artificial fragrances that are destructive to our bodies by selecting more natural, organic personal care products. A good place to start is your skin care regimen...try our new Dr. Brite Organic Clean facial cleanser today!
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