8 Shocking Myths About Your Cosmetics Safety...

I hope that this post finds you doing well! Most of you probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important time for me for 2 reasons.

1. I have clients and family who have suffered and beat this disease.

2. I also have clients and family members who have not.

We all have likely at least known someone during our lifetime who has battled this cruel disease. This is the month to reach out and really educate ourselves further on this topic and share that knowledge with the ones we love.

You never know it could save their life, so make sure you don't let it pass you by.

Most of you also know that I work to educate on the effects that many of the chemicals we come in contact with today. Whether it be in our food, homes, or skin care products, they have been known to contribute to many health issues including breast cancer.

There is so much information out there on the subject of what is good or not for you in all these areas, it's hard to keep up with what is real or not. Today I would like to share with you the most common myths that one needs to know to make informed decisions about their skin care.

Let's kick the month of October off on the subject of safety! Here are the top 8 myths to be aware of:

Myth #1: If it’s for sale at a supermarket, drugstore, or department store
cosmetics counter, it must be safe.

Fact: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test skin care products for safety outside of their requirements for sun screen.

The FDA does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market. It is only after a problem is discovered that an ingredient gets attention.

Myth #2: The cosmetics industry effectively polices itself, making sure all
ingredients are safe.

Fact: Not surprisingly, in its more than 30-year history, the industry’s safety panel (the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, or CIR) has assessed fewer than 20 percent of cosmetics ingredients and found only 11 ingredients or chemical groups to be unsafe.

Myth #3: The US Government monitors and prohibits dangerous chemicals in
personal care products.

Fact: Cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, without government review or approval. More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada, or the European Union.

The UK is particularly strict with this as its citizens have suffered some notorious
effects from products from other countries. Independent testing has shown that over 100 products contain ingredients considered unsafe by the International Fragrance Association.

22% of all personal care products may be contaminated with the cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane, including many children’s products labeled as "safe" or "natural".

The scariest one in this myth - 60% of sunscreens contain the potentially harmful hormone disrupter oxybenzone, that readily penetrates the skin and contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans already.

Then, there is lipstick where 61% of the tested lipstick brands contain residues of lead. This is going on your mouth ladies!

Myth #4: Cosmetic ingredients are applied to the skin and rarely get into
the body. When they do, levels are too low to create a health concern.

Fact: Complete BUNK in my opinion. We all breathe right? The fact is we all are exposed by breathing in sprays and powders, swallowing chemicals on the lips or hands or absorbing them through the skin. Studies find evidence of health risks.

Bio-monitoring studies have found cosmetics ingredients like phthalate plasticizers, paraben preservatives, the pesticide triclosan, synthetic fragrance, and certain sunscreens, as common pollutants in men, women, and children.

Products also commonly contain penetration enhancers to drive ingredients deeper into the skin. Studies find health problems in people exposed to common fragrance and sunscreen ingredients, including elevated risk for sperm damage, feminization of the male reproductive system, and low birth weight in girls.

Myth #5: Products made for children or bearing claims like "hypoallergenic"
or "sensitive skin" are safer choices.

Fact: This one angers me perhaps the most. Most cosmetic marketing companies make claims that are unregulated, and companies are rarely if ever required to back them up, even for children’s products!!!

Any company can use a claim like "hypoallergenic" to mean anything or nothing at all, and while of the term has considerable market value in promoting cosmetic products to consumers, dermatologists say they have very little medical meaning.

An investigation of more than 1,700 children’s body care products found that 81 percent of those marked "gentle" or "hypoallergenic" contained allergens or skin and eye irritants. Something to think about the next time you are at the store.

Myth #6: FDA would promptly recall any product that injures people.

Fact: FDA has no authority to require recalls of harmful cosmetics ONLY food! Additonally, manufacturers are not required by law to report cosmetics-related injuries to the agency.

What is more shocking is that the FDA relies on companies to report injuries voluntarily. How many do you think self report this information?

Myth #7: Consumers can and DO read ingredient labels and avoid products with hazardous chemicals.

Fact: Federal law allows companies to leave many chemicals off labels, micro-ingredients they consider trade secrets. If a product contains a fragrance, it may include any of 3,163 different chemicals. Believe it or not, none of them are required to be listed on labels.

Clinical tests reveal an average of 14 hidden compounds per formulation, which is pretty scary if you ask me.

Myth #8: Cosmetics safety is a concern for women and not men or children.

Fact: Surveys show that in the typical household, women use 12 products containing 168 ingredients every day, men use 5 - 10 products with 85 ingredients, and children are exposed to an average of 61 ingredients daily.

You can clearly see why I put some much time into this subject. As a general rule, the more ingredients on the label the more likely the products has fillers and potentially harmful ingredients.

More insulting to me is that many companies ask you to PAY MORE because these products have these extra potentially harmful ingredients.

When choosing a product, naturally-based and simple is better. Make no mistake that natural products can be even more effective for you than the chemical cousins.

This is why we all worked so hard to create Ginale and have stood our ground on its purity and effectiveness.

I believe in sharing this kind of information with you for your health. There are a lot of options out there so no matter what you choose, choose wisely. Your health as well as your looks depend on it.

I always like to give you more access to information that you can use today, so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to get your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking in as few as 7 days.

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Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."


vigin said...

chris gibson rules.....wen i first saw him i thought he was in his twenties....later realised he'z forty somethin....tat itself speaks volumes on why is sincare advice works....loved the book....greetings from india

Anonymous said...

hi Chris..i totally agree with you and at the same time these people only care about sales and not people's health..I purchased your acne free in 3days book online and i will read it soon..I just flipped through the pages and oh boy,i realized I'm missing out!! Cheers,(Botswana)