Your skin is this super-absorber of substances both good and bad, and the products you put on your skin end up in your body. On average, consumers use about 10 personal care products containing 126 ingredients in total per day!
The government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing for these products. The FDA has a GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) list, but almost every chemical is included in that list! They focus on things like softness or wrinkle reduction, not the unintended consequences. Of the 7,000 ingredients on the list, only 6 have been tested for long-term safety. This means that consumers need to be extra-vigilant about evaluating their skincare products for themselves since the government is not watching out for us.
I’m going to discuss the top offenders and why you should avoid them. It’s going to get a little technical but I’ll try my best to break it down!