Yes some of our personal products can be dangerous.
For a long time we’ve been talking about the dangers of modern skin care products and cosmetics, and in particular the risks involved in using a whole range of personal products, which includes big name skin care products and cosmetics.
That’s because so many of these products contain ingredients which may be harmful to you. We’ve talked about the Cosmetic Safety Database and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, both of which seek to publicise the fact that, due to lax government regulation of this industry, many products contain ingredients which are known to be harmful to your health.
But it’s not just the Cosmetic Safety Database and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, (and our website) that are publicising the problems with so many modern brands of personal products. There are other high profile people and websites which are also seeking to publicise these facts as well.
Chances are you know of David Suzuki. He is an extremely high profile campaigner on a range of green issues and health issues. He has made some outstanding television programs about this type of issue, and travels the world and speaks regularly.
David Suzuki has his own website at davidsuzuki.org, where, amongst other things, he also points out the risks inherent in so many modern personal products.
In fact he has a “Sustainable Shoppers Guide to a Dirty Dozen Ingredients to Avoid in Your Cosmetics”. In that guide he lists 12 things to avoid when shopping for cosmetics, or for that matter a whole range of other personal products. Included in that list are some that we have spoken about right here on our website.
For example he includes fragrances in the list. In the past we have written about the health risks of “fragrance” in so many personal products. This problem is that generally speaking any “fragrance” is usually listed on the label, if listed at all, as fragrance or parfum, no more.
This even applies to products which may well be labelled as “unscented”.
Unfortunately fragrances are usually a mixture of various types of chemicals, many of which can be a factor in various health problems such as allergies and asthma. As we have said before some of these chemicals have also been linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
We have also spoken before about the problems of parabens, which are in fact a class of chemicals which are used as a preservative. Whilst there are safer and more natural ingredients available which are effective as preservatives, parabens are particularly cheap, and can interfere with various hormonal functions in your body and which have also been associated with breast cancer.
Sad to say but so many women, and men, are completely unaware that so many personal products that they use every day, often multiple times per day, may well be harmful as a result of lax regulation and poor standards which allow the companies that manufacture these products to use pretty much any chemical they want.
And this includes a wide range of personal products such as, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, skin care products and more. Many lipsticks even have lead in them, and you’re probably well aware of the health risks of lead.
We encourage you to read David Suzuki’s Sustainable Shoppers Guide, which you can find here. It’s well worth a read and when used in conjunction with other resources such as this website, the Campaign Safe Cosmetics and the Cosmetic Safety Database, may well help you choose safe and effective skin care products and safe and effective cosmetics.
It’s very important when choosing personal products to be an educated consumer. The manufacturers of the products will not tell you of the health risks of the ingredients they use, and will often not even label those ingredients.
It’s up to you to educate yourself to make sure that you, as a consumer, are sufficiently educated to choose your products wisely.
Written by - Natural Skin Health