By HoneyColony Staff

The FDA is supposed to protect you from synthetic chemicals, right? Think again. Beauty products are pedaled to women every day. A new lipstick or eye cream can be the perfect boost to improve a buyer’s mood. But read the label and chances are your favorite products contain nasty ingredients!

According to a new study by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, popular cosmetics contain dangerous chemicals that can wrinkle and damage the skin, and actually cause premature ageing.

One in eight ingredients used in personal care products is also used for industrial purposes, so it’s likely that we each have some pretty poison in our bathroom cabinets.

The Daily Mail reports:

“Many of those are also used in products such as household cleaners, and have been linked to a number of health problems from allergies and skin sensitivity to more serious hormonal disturbances, fertility problems and even cancer.”

Read the full article here.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I gave up cleaning products years ago. This year I stopped using shampoo and conditioner, lotions, etc. I too have a mom and grandmother with breast cancer and got scared. So now I make many of my own products, which is better for me and the planet. Most of them work better too.

  2. @ Poppy, your local health food store often carries great products free of chemicals. Read your lables carefully) as some products will claim to be healthy but still have nastiness listed on their label.

    Also avoid things label with fragrance. Manufacturers do not list the ingrdiants used to make the fragrance.

  3. where can we buy products that do not contain all this bad stuff

  4. Good article. I have been trying to eliminate carcinogens since my grandmother and mother both have breast cancer. It has been really easy to switch to homemade versions of many products and definitely worth a try for anyone looking to be healthier.

  5. As JessieB says, many of these products are pushed onto women by the media and product manufacturers, and many women certainly buy in! A good philosophy that I have adapted from Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma” is “Use body products sparingly, when you need to, and go natural”. It is surprisingly easy to make many of the commonly used ones, such as toothpaste and deodorant, and completely opt out of the commercial product market. Some helpful tips can be found at http://www.pioneerthinking.com (I have no affiliation with this website, however, so cannot vouch for every article)

  6. I wish more woman cared more about their health then their beauty but thats not usually the case so thats why web sites like these are so vital so that others can see that we can have both health and beauty, if we just knock down the lies being feed to our society

  7. This article bares repeating, using models of different ages! I am on a quest to teach young women how best to nourish their skin and vote with their choices, it’s all about the branding isn’t it!

  8. Excellent article. I’d also suggest checking out http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ a cosmetic database where you can look up the products you use & see what’s in them. After finding out my deoderant, conditioner, and foundation contained some heavy duty stuff I switched to castile shampoo, eliminated conditioner altogether, use only organic makeup, and do research whenever buying deoderant. Much of the material touted to women as necessities are just marketing gimmicks & not only unneeded but cause the problems they claim to cure. My hair was always frizzy, dry, split ends, etc and so I used the top conditioners which claimed to cure those problems. I cured myself of them when I stopped using conditioner. 4 years later– my split ends are over and my hair is as curly as it was when I was a kid. Thanks again for this article!!!

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