"Eco-Friendly cosmetics"Did you know that approximately 60 percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream?
Did you know that approximately 60 percent of what you put on your skin is
absorbed into the bloodstream? And the rest of it, when you wash it away, goes into our water system – not a pleasant thought on the shores of Lake Superior if the chemicals don’t easily break down.
If the cosmetics you frequently use are full of preservatives, then you may be adding impurities to your body. What’s more, additives in cosmetics
may take a toll on the planet. Some are derived from petroleum, while others may be animal-based or tested on animals – both scenarios are poor for the planet.
Certain repeat offenders in cosmetics are parabens and phthalates. Parabens are preservatives used in makeup to prevent microbial growth. However, these substances may mimic estrogen in women's bodies and contribute to some cancers. Though research is ongoing, parabens have been found in breast cancer tissue. Phthalates are used as plastic softeners and in some solvents, like nail polish remover. They may also be carcinogenic in high doses or with repeated use.
You may be surprised to find that mercury, coal tar colors and formaldehyde are also found in many cosmetics. These, too, are thought to be known human carcinogens.
Choosing environmentally friendly cosmetics can improve your health and the environment's as well. Here are some brands to consider.