As I was reviewing my Google alerts, I was disturbed by all the fear about cosmetics, spreading like wild fire. Whatever happened to common sense? The body can be fickle and allergic reactions do exist. This doesn’t mean that the product you are using is not safe. It means your body doesn’t like it. So, what’s a guy or gal to do? Common sense would tell you to stop using the product. I’m allergic to aspirin and I found out the hard way. Growing up, I never had a problem with aspirin. Then, one day, in my late 20’s, I had an allergic reaction and went into shock. Did I sound the alarm that aspirin will kill you? No, I use common sense and don’t take it. Aspirin helps a great many people. Are they supposed to stop taking it just because by body rejects it?
Contrary to popular belief from the fear mongers, cosmetics are safe. They are regulated by the FDA. Could the industry regulations use an upgrade? Most definitely. Spreading fear that there are “harmful chemicals” in cosmetics is nothing more than a way to boost the pocketbooks of the activists. They are preying on the fears of unsuspecting consumers and making a pretty penny doing so. Manufacturers are not adding “toxic” chemicals to their products. How much sense does that make? None. Why on earth would they put harmful ingredients in their products, knowing full well their family members will more than likely use those same products. Do you believe manufacturers are out to harm their family members too?
I urge you to do the research. Look for peer reviewed studies about ingredients in cosmetics. Natural does not always mean safe. Products that contain water must be preserved. Using a product that is poorly or not preserved, is more harmful to you than one preserved with a synthetic ingredient. When looking at a product label, know that ingredients are listed in descending order by dominance. Product labeling guidelines can be found on the FDA site.
When PCT first launched, we posted several articles per day. I’m sure it felt like we were bombarding our readers. Kristin and I were still running off the steam from the Colorado legislative session in regards to the Safe Personal Care Products Act, which was voted down based on no science. We have been keeping up with legislation to make sure consumers know the facts. What we learned from the Colorado legislative session is that the CFSC and the EWG don’t have the science, and they may never have the science. Here’s the truth, ‘Straight From the Horse’s Mouth‘.
Do you understand risk? Risk = Hazard + Exposure. Scratch a little deeper to understand risk more and how activists are scaring consumers with hazard. A recent discussion I started on LinkedIn ended up being centered around yet another video set out to scare consumers by using “The Precautionary Principle”. Check out this great post by Emily Caswell, ‘The Precautionary Principle: A Cautionary Tale‘.
Before you sound the alarm that cosmetics are harmful, do the research yourself. Look for peer-reviewed studies that support the results, not just because Dr. so and so said so. Demand to see the results. Be open minded. In the end, only you are responsible for what you put on your skin, and that of your family members.