If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you’ve probably noticed the hashtags #switchtosafer and #saferbeauty. I’ve had a revelation of sorts in regard to my family’s health and I looooooove to talk about it.
So here it is: we spend a lot of time thinking about the food we put into our bodies, but how often do we think about what gets absorbed into our skin through the personal care products we use on a daily basis? Until recently, I never thought about it.
I assumed that if it was a product on the market, it wouldn’t be harmful to me.
I was so wrong.
Unfortunately, the FDA hardly regulates the personal care/beauty product industry (source). The scariest proof of that is that the last federal law regulating this industry was passed in 1938…. 1938! That was almost 80 years ago. Think of all the technological change that has happened during those 80 years (source)!
This means that there are a LOT of products out there filled with chemicals that are either known to be harmful or chemicals that we know very little about (yikes!). To me, that’s incredibly scary. The average woman uses 12 personal care products on a daily basis, exposing herself to 168 chemical ingredients (source). In many cases, we are rubbing toxic chemicals, hormone disruptors and carcinogens into our skin unknowingly… so what kind of effect can that have on our bodies over time? It can’t be good.
That’s why I started caring about safer beauty. I want to know that I’m taking care of myself and my family to the best of my knowledge.
If you want to learn more, check out these posts below: