Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Cosmetics: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Environment, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized

Would you be surprised to learn that women who use make-up on a daily basis can absorb almost 5 pounds of chemicals into their bodies each year? The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day; men use about 6. That can mean applying more than 100 different ingredients each day. Some of the compounds present in these products have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to cancer. When you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your blood stream without filtering of any kind, so there’s no protection against the toxin.

The Story of Cosmetics

To get a quick story about this, watch this 8 minute video. You may be surprised at what you learn.  To view the video, click the graphic below or go to

Story of Cosmetics:

The Safe Cosmetics Act

It’s up to Congress to close gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo, hormone disruptors in fragrance, and lead in lipstick. That’s what you get when you have a $50 billion industry that’s practically self-regulated.

What can you do?

* Visit the SafeCosmetics website. 

*  Learn more about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. 

*  Ask your Representative to support safe cosmetics. (It takes less than a minute to do.)

*  Read labels and start buying safer products for you and your family.

* Look for easy ideas for replacing common cosmetic products.  Your local natural foods store like Earth Fare or Home Economist have numerous natural non-toxic alternatives.