Coal Tar, Lead, Formaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, toluene – these are just some of the deadly chemicals found in your beauty products from lipstick to hair spray. They cause cancer, disrupt hormones, interfere with your bodily functions, irritate skin, increase sensitivity to the sun, affect the nervous system, disrupt the immune system and the list goes on!!
Are the companies responsible for using safe products, or is it the consumer’s responsibility to protect itself? How much should the government be involved? Europe has much tighter restrictions and many of these harmful chemicals are banned there. But what about new chemicals, when one is taken off the market, another one pops up to take its place and can be even more toxic.
You can test the products you use here: Skin Deep
David Suzuki publishes his own list here of toxins to avoid: The Dirty Dozen
Put this handy guide onto your phone or mobile device for reference when you are shopping.
State you opinion on this very important issue for young people. What should we be doing about this? Is this a real concern?