More about the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics.

If you’re looking for great skin care products then you want to know 2 things. Firstly they work. Secondly they’re safe. Not all work. Not all are safe. (For the best, and safest, skin care products, click here.)

We wrote recently about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. I talked about the fact that there are suspect or even known dangerous ingredients in our skin care and anti aging products and cosmetics.

And that there is a way to tell if your skin care or cosmetics company is committed to the safety of it’s products. If it has signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics pact it is committed to the safety of it’s products to it’s customers.

But I wanted to write a bit more about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and what it is and where it came from.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics started in 2002 following the release of a report entitled Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products and the FDA.

In this report a group of environmental and public health organizations gathered together and commissioned a test by a major US laboratory of 72 well known brand name beauty products. They tested for the presence of a substance, or specifically a group of substances, called Pthalates.

Pthalates are industrial chemicals linked to, amongst other things, birth defects.

The tests found that there were Pthalates in roughly three quarters of the products tested, including deodorants, hair gels, mouses, hair sprays and body lotions.

In particular it found Pthalates in ALL fragrances tested. You would have read elsewhere here that we suggest that when you buy skin care or anti aging products you avoid any with fragrances in them. You see why.

There is much more in the report than that, but that’s the basics. If you want to read it the link is above.

So the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was started. It’s a “coalition of women’s, public health, labor, environmental health and consumer-rights groups” that seeks to “protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives”.

A very worthwhile goal.

It has a pact that cosmetics and skincare companies can sign to commit themselves to producing safe products, and so if you want to use skin care products that are safe use products from a company that has signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics pact.

It’s been busy and in 2007 released a report into lead found in many of the major brands of lipsticks, including some of the biggest names in the business.

Personally we firmly believe that the best skin care products are made by a company called Xtend Life. It is a signatory to the compact and makes stunningly effective, safe and cost effective skin care and anti aging products.

So there are very committed people out there trying to protect our health from nasty chemicals found in cosmetics and skin care products. One of them, certainly not the only one, is the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics.

So if you’re worried about the safety of your anti wrinkle and skin care products and cosmetics there are ways to find out how committed your manufacturer is to your safety.

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