May 17, 2011
Do You Actually Know the Ingredients In Your Favorite Cosmetics?
Well, thanks to a news article my amazing friend, Bronwen, sent me, I know I'm going to be taking a much closer look.
To summarize, the article explains that many of the beauty products we use today contain a number of toxic heavy metals. This list of toxins include lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and nickel. Of course not all of the brands tested contained huge amounts of these terrible toxins but many of them exceed Health Canada's recommended limits. The article itself does not "out" too many product companies but it does say that of the 49 items tested all "contained nickel, 96 per cent contained lead, and 90 per cent contained beryllium". However, there was, unfortunately, one cosmetic company that was pointed at: Benefit Cosmetics. According to the Health Canada study,
Now don't get me wrong ladies, we all know that these doses won't kill us but, given the choice, do we want to risk it? I know I'm going to be thinking about this a lot more when I'm doing my cosmetic shopping. Also, check out EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. This amazing site has rated thousands and thousands of our favorite products on a handy number system (0-10) where 0 is a low hazard and 10 is the highest hazard. This site, plus the news article above, really put things into perspective for me. Going forward, I'm really going to try and buy items that are within the 5 and under range.
Happy shopping ladies!