Teenage girls love looking good, smelling good and feeling good. They love to use cosmetics, skin care and anti acne products, beauty products and personal body care products. And teenage girls use a massive amount of these types of personal products.
What’s wrong with that? Just this. It has been known for quite some time that many of the big name cosmetics, skincare products and personal products that you, (not I) use daily, and that teenage girls use in huge amounts, daily, contain dangerous ingredients.
Ingredients which are, in some cases, known to cause cancer.
Take lipsticks for example. A recent test of big brand name lipsticks found that over 50% contained lead. Lead? Isn’t lead really dangerous? Yes it is, and it’s found in our lipsticks.
One product actually contains a commonly used pesticide.
And a very recent study found that there were hormone disrupting chemicals in many of our cosmetics, and that teenage girls tested had up to 16 of these dangerous hormone disrupting chemicals in their bodies.
It’s scandalous. There are organizations set up to combat this like the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics and Teens Turning Green. And there are searchable databases where you can actually search on product names and company names and find out the chemicals that are contained in the products, the expected risk of those chemicals and a hazard assessment on a scale of 1 ot 10.
In Europe this problem has been recognised for some years and a European Directive prohibits use of dangerous ingredients in cosmetics and skin care and personal use products.
Is there any similar law in the US? No. Doesn’t the FDA protect us from dangerous cosmetics? No.
What can you do about it? You can certainly join some of these consumer organizations like the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics and add your voice to the growing cacophany of protest about this. But of course cosmetics and skin care are huge businesses turning over $ billions, so expect a fight. Big business doesn’t have a proud record of protecting consumers by making safe products. Just look at the tobacco industry.
What else can you do for yourself and your teenage daughters? Use safe cosmetics and safe skin care products. There are some excellent manufacturers with a stated commitment to producing safe products, including cosmetics and skin care products, and these are also extremely high quality effective products.
Cosmetics and skin care and personal and beauty care products companies can actually sign what is called the Compact For Safe Cosmetics, and publicly evidence their commitment to product safety. Many companies have done that, and you can find out which ones at the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. You won’t find the names of the big brand cosmetics and skincare companies listed there.
So there are things you can do. Get involved, or if not then buy safe and effective skin care products and cosmetics. One line of skin care products, from a company that has signed the compact and makes totally safe skin care products, is probably the worlds best and most effective skin care products. And totally safe for teenage girls, or you, to use.
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