Anyone who has taken a health class in elementary school or had parents who told them to “eat your vegetables!” has been brought up to monitor the food they eat. And the FDA mandates that companies are required by law to list out the ingredients in their products so that customers are given full transparency to see what it is exactly they’re ingesting (high-fructose corn syrup, we’re looking at you). But if we are concerned with the food we put into our bodies, shouldn’t the same apply to the products we use on our bodies? Your skin is your largest organ and it's time to take care of it.
In recent years, more and more “clean beauty” brands have been founded for this very reason. Surprisingly, the FDA does not require that cosmetic brands list out the ingredients in their products, and current research has found that many personal care products (you’ve probably spent your whole life using) actually contain toxins and chemicals that can be severely harmful to your health. According to Stacy Malkan, the co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average American woman ingests, inhales, or absorbs more than 100 chemicals every single day. Many of these chemicals—even in low doses—can contribute to cancer, birth defects, hormonal imbalances, and allergies to name a few. The FDA has not passed a law on the cosmetic industry since 1938 and currently only ban 30 ingredients from our beauty products. Until they step it up and begin to regulate this billion dollar industry, it’s up to us to do the legwork and find out what’s really in your lipstick, shampoo, deodorant, and everything else in your makeup bag. I am here to help you navigate this journey and to provide you some recommendations on what natural products work well for me.