Cosmetic Toxicity: The Cosmetic Industry Truth

The cosmetic industry has it good. They’ve got it real good. All of the clout of the food industry . . . but none of the regulations. Unfortunately, that means cosmetic toxicity is running rampant.

Let me explain.

I’ve already mentioned to you that our detoxification system is not designed to handle all of the external toxins that we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Our excretory processes (urine, feces, sweat, and to some extent, respiration) are water-based. They were not meant to handle external fatty- and oil-based toxins. Just like the cosmetic toxins we’re exposed to daily.

They were meant to detoxify internal, water-based toxins that are produced as a result of normal body processes like exercise, digestion, and metabolism.

But there’s a problem with this. Our skin is really good at absorbing fatty- and oil-based external toxins. If you put a toxin on your skin, there’s a good chance that a lot of it will be absorbed.

So that begs the question: if your body can’t really handle oil-based toxins, why is it so good at absorbing them?

To answer that question, think about what else is on your skin that your body really wants to absorb. Vitamin D!

The pre-cursor to Vitamin D is produced in your skin as a result of the exposure to the sun. And, of course, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. So your skin is really good at absorbing fatty substances.

Cosmetic Toxicity

The pre-cursor to Vitamin D is produced in your skin as a result of the exposure to the sun. And, of course, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. So your skin is really good at absorbing fatty substances.

Anything else on your skin will readily absorb as well. This includes everything that we voluntarily put on our skin like lotion, sunblock, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, nail polish, nail polish remover, shampoo, lipstick, and the list goes on…

It’s estimated that women use 12 personal care products daily. And the average man uses 6. Each product contains a dozen or more chemicals (not all additives are required to be listed in the ingredients list).

Here’s the problem.

Of the thousands of ingredients used in your personal care products, only about 13% have been reviewed for safety. That’s right. The FDA does not require safety reviews of ingredients put into personal care products.

So taking the average amount of personal care products used each day, your skin is exposed to 144 or more chemicals. And close to 90% of those have not been evaluated for safety.

The FDA states, “The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market . . . Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.”

So what does this mean?

It means cosmetic companies are responsible for setting up the guidelines on what ingredients are allowed. And the FDA wipes it’s hands clean of the whole mess.

And that’s just it. Following these guidelines, set by cosmetic companies, is completely voluntary. So the cosmetic industry is making the rules and then deciding on whether or not they even want to follow them.

All with no real regulation at all.

No wonder cosmetic toxicity is a problem.

What can be done about cosmetic toxicity?

The first thing to do is to check on the products you’re currently using. Two good resources are Safe Cosmetics and Skin Deep.

The second thing you must do is to find a good detox program. If you’ve heard me before, you know I recommend a good detox at least twice per year.

Click on the button below to check out the detox kit we use to detoxify.

Now, this may come as a surprise, but despite me wearing lipstick in the video, I am definitely not an expert on lotions and cosmetics. If you have a favorite non-toxic product, please share in the comments!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Nathan Brammeier

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I dream of living in a world where Doritos dipped in Frito Lays Nacho Cheese Dip is the answer to all of our health problems. But until that day, I'll continue to deliver the absolute best nutrition and lifestyle advice.

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