The sun is finally start to shine bright, and you’re ready to lather yourself with clean, healthy sunscreen, but finding a safe and effective sunscreen isn’t the only key to sun safety. According to Ken Cook, President and Co-Founder of Environmental Working Group (EWG) and a leader in the environmental health movement, protecting yourself from skin cancer is more than just sunscreen; there’s an entire sun safety protocol to follow. Ken educated the Beautycounter community about his tips and tricks—and we’re sharing his words of wisdom with the Be Well community too.
When it comes to cosmetics, similar to packaged food, we see labels like “natural” and “organic” that make us think it’s the healthiest option. Surprisingly, these labels legally mean nothing. Due to major loopholes in federal law, cosmetics can be labeled “natural,” “organic,” “green,” “non-toxic,” and nearly any other word that comes to mind without containing ingredients that accurately meet those descriptions. Here’s the “definition” of these terms so you know when you are shopping cosmetics.
Just like us, our food is on the road a lot during the holiday season—whether that’s traveling to a family dinner where everyone’s eagerly awaiting your signature dish or back home in the form of your favorite leftovers. And it certainly takes the fun out of holiday meals if you’re left worrying whether your containers are leaching chemicals into Aunt Sadie’s homemade stuffing.
“Fragrance” is a generic term found on the labels of the personal care products we use day in and day out: Products like shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and in our laundry detergent, dish soap, and makeup. But the term isn’t as innocuous as it seems.
What Cosmetics Companies Won’t Tell You About The Heavy Metals
You might assume that any ingredient with a long or difficult-to-pronounce name must be bad for you, but that’s a myth. Take a look at our product ingredient lists and you’ll likely find a few scary-sounding words—but, unlike what you may have been led to believe, that’s nothing to worry about. Why? Beautycounter uses the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) system, an internationally recognized way of standardizing labels on cosmetic products. It’s designed to help companies stay consistent, minimize language barriers, and provide consumers with greater transparency.
As Beautycounter’s Head of Environment, Health, and Safety, Mia Davis receives many questions about skincare ingredients, including: “How can you have safe products if you use some synthetic ingredients?” People are understandably confused about the difference between ingredient “safety” and ingredient “source.”
What exactly is environmental health? In short, there is a strong connection between our health and what we’re exposed to in our daily environment. The environment isn’t just the air, rivers, and trees. It includes everything we encounter in our daily lives: It is our homes, workplaces, and schools; stores and restaurants; and even the cosmetics, cleaning supplies, furniture, and electronics that we all use every day. At Beautycounter, we believe that your health shouldn’t be compromised by your environment.