I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support for my first blog post. Several of you have contacted me for more details about safe cosmetics. I obtained my information from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. I strongly encourage you to use this website- it’s a great resource to be an informed consumer and an advocate for safer products!
What I love about their website is that they list safer alternatives to choose based on the beauty product that you may need. I haven’t had the opportunity to try all the companies listed, but I plan to use this website from now on to help me find safer products moving forward. Many of the companies are smaller companies and I think it’s a great to support their dedication to keeping their consumers healthy.
I urge you to look at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website for full information, but here is a quick summary of safer cosmetic product choices to make at the time of this posting. I love that these companies are transparent in what is and isn’t in their products since current regulations do not require them to do so. I am not sponsored by any of these companies and have no financial interest in their success. I’m just a fan that recommends them to my patients:
You don’t need to throw out all your makeup and personal care products at home today. But I do urge you to start questioning what IS in the things that you expose yourself to every day through makeup. Specifically, look for chemicals listed in each of the Red Lists, and try to avoid them whenever possible.
Things that you can do:
- Simplify your routine. Use fewer products. Choose products with simpler ingredient lists. Avoid fragrances.
- Consider making some personal care products yourself so you know exactly what is and isn’t in them. Disclaimer: I’ve never done this myself but would love to learn if you have some experience with this!
- Research the products yourself. The beauty industry is mostly unregulated. It’s up to you to keep your body safe. Consider trying an app like:
These will help you shop clean.