Friday, January 12, 2007

Five Ways To Tell If Your Skin Care Is Natural: PART 2 INGREDIENTS

Natural is the new buzzword in cosmetics. So many companies are using the word “Natural” in entire product lines when in fact these products are anything but natural.

Here are some of the ingredients I found in so called natural skin care products when I stopped by the local drug store:

Propylene Glycol
Imidazalidol Urea
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Octyl Stearate

I even got excited when I saw a few shea butter products to find that after reading the ingredients, there was NO SHEA BUTTER IN THE PRODUCT! I was appalled to say the least. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting spectacular Pure Certified Organic Shea Butter, but I did expect to see shea butter listed somwhere and it wasn't.

So what should you do to protect yourself from dangerous unnatural skin care products? Always READ THE INGREDIENTS!!!! But reading the ingredients is not enough. Be sure to research your ingredients. One good way to do this is via a website called Skin Deep.

Skin Deep is a personal care product safety guide with in-depth information on 14,841 products - 1,052 brands of lotion, lip balm, deodorant, sunscreen and other popular products - and the 7,093 ingredients that form them. With its core of 37 toxicity and regulatory databases, Skin Deep provides safety ratings and brand-by-brand comparisons that can help consumers choose safer products.

Major loopholes in federal law allow the $35 billion cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, no monitoring of health effects, and inadequate labeling requirements. So don’t bee fooled by the word “Natural” on the front of a product. Always look deeper at the ingredients.

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