Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SKIN DEEP Database: Educational Resource or Propoganda?

In the United States, public safety is only loosely regulated.  In the land of opportunity, corporate culture plays by its own rules.  Whatever your opinion is of the FDA, you should know that they have pretty much nothing to do with the cosmetics industry until it hurts someone. 

In Europe, shopping for skin care or makeup is much simpler.  The labels actually describe the product instead of advertise it, and the ingredient lists are much less scary.  Perhaps that's why European women adore their skin care routines.  Trying a new product in America comes with a lot more irritation, blackheads, and cysts. 

The Environmental Working Group has created one mega database for every scary "what if" that  connects to those equally scary looking words.  Type in a brand, product, or ingredient, and you'll be sent to a page that rates it according to how many ways it can destroy your body. 

Seriously.  If you spend longer than ten minutes on that site, you will be forever changed or at least completely freaked out.  It doesn't just explain the paraben fears.  It makes you scared of pretty much everything.

Dermatologists and the American Cancer Society have all made public statements that the site is irresponsible for discouraging women to use sunscreen.  It has been scientifically proven that broad spectrum UV protection will improve your health.  I agree wholeheartedly.  Daily sunblock is the one product on your vanity that may save your life even if you don't like wearing it.

If you are struggling with your skin, you need to check out their website and review their shopping tips and overviews of the American beauty industry before you purchase another product that touches your skin.  For the most part, they offer reasonable suggestions on how to limit your exposure to toxic substances.

Their advice may be the key to what's causing your acne.  They don't suggest neglecting your hygiene, but they will help you condense the amount of stuff you apply and tell you what companies are selling you bottles of placenta and mercury.  To read the Environmental Working Group's shopping tips, click here.

And if you think placenta and mercury do not belong in your shopping cart, check out their list of products to shun.

They also have compiled a list of brands with the riskiest product ranges.  When I read it, I was startled to see cult-favorites ranked as the worst of the worst.  After thinking about it, I wasn't that surprised.  My days working in the cosmetics department were spent watching a number of women demanding refunds for products that did more harm than good.  You may have experienced some irritation or breakouts from one of these manufacturers yourself.  Click here to unveil the worst brands for your health.

Hope these keeps your skin a little less grumpy with your buying choices.  I think it provides one overview on the expansive topic of what will and will not aggravate your acne.  Look for oil-free products that are as harmless as possible, and your skin will thank you. 

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