Before you apply your makeup or use that personal care item, ask yourself what you know about it. What chemicals are in what you are using on your face and how safe are they?
You are doing so much to safeguard your health as a survivor…eating well, getting regular exercise, staying current on appointments, but are you unknowingly adding chemicals to your body through your makeup and personal care items?
According to the Environmental Work Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that uses public information to protect public health and the environment, the US government has no authority to require companies to test personal care products for safety before they reach the store shelf. At present, the industry can use just about any ingredient or raw material in soap, shampoo or makeup without government review or approval.
EWG’s research documents that 22 percent of all personal care products may contain the cancer-causing contaminant 1,4-Dioxane, and more than half of all sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor. Other studies raise serious concerns about makeup such as lead in lipsticks and chemicals in fragrance and artificial preservatives in personal care products.
The following groups of chemicals are currently being studied for links to breast cancer:
- Parabens – chemicals commonly used as preservatives in many cosmetic products, including makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and gels.
- Phthalates – used to hold color and reduce brittleness in nail polish and hair spray. They’re also found in many personal care items.
Before you use your current makeup again, or buy a new makeup, visit the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep site and check your makeup and personal care items scores. EWG lists a product’s hazard score based on the ingredients’ links to cancer, allergies, and other issues.
Source: Environmental Work Group