The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is awesome source whenever you’re thinking about trying a new line of beauty products. While I was on there trying to decide between the Korres Mascara & the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Natural Mascara, I saw a link to a special beauty report – “What Not To Buy.”
Apparently, some companies use mercury, lead and placenta! Yes, placenta! How gross is that? Luckily, it wasn’t in any of the products I currently use or was thinking about using, but ugh!
The report is interesting. It also mentions the problems with fragrance, nanoparticles and phthalates. I’ve been using fragrance free products for years so that’s not new to me. I’ve also learned quite a bit about phthalates. But I didn’t know about nanoparticles. Those kind of scare me. Just like GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) we really don’t know what the long term effects are. Its alarming to see how many of these known problem causing chemicals are used in baby products.
There is more and more research coming out about the negative impact of GMO’s (Dr. Mercola has an article about the dangers of GMO’s on his website). I try my best to keep them out of my family’s diet. But I’m sure that they get in there, especially when we eat out.
It bugs me that industries just haphazardly use new technology and products without the research. It is very reminiscent of x-rays and pregnant women. Once x-rays came out, they used them on everyone without checking to see if there were any potential risks or long term damage. We now know that there are.
I would never just enroll my son in a new study to test a new medicine. Why do we all have to be the guinea pigs for the long term testing of GMO’s, nanoparticles and other chemicals without us evening knowing it? I hope that some day things will change. But for now, the best thing I can do is spread the word and hopefully enough people will realize the inherent dangers of consuming first and testing later.