If you wouldn’t eat it, why put it on your skin? It’s widely accepted that ingesting chemicals is bad for our health, but what about transdermal penetration? The fact is, what we put on our skin can also impact our health.
Beauty is more than skin deep. Truly – real beauty starts from the inside out. Of course, these reminders don’t do much when we are knee-deep into the holiday season, and our skin is stressed out and blotchy despite our best efforts to adhere to our wellness routines.
While it may seem counterintuitive to slather on the grease or cleanse with oil to resolve a pimple, purer oil-containing products have single-handedly revolutionized the skincare market – and it’s about time. Still skeptical? Read on for the truth behind oil cleansing with Melisse Gelula, co-founder of Well + Good.
As United States citizens, we are considered innocent until proven guilty. This is a comfort we are guaranteed, and as a country we value our rights. Is this right something that should be given across the board—not just for citizens, but for industries as well? When it comes to consumer goods and ingredients, should suppliers enjoy the same luxury? Currently, suppliers and manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients in the U.S. do; this is in contrast with other countries that have more stringent premarket regulations. Since these manufacturers of ingredients and products do not have to prove their safety, the burden falls on consumers to determine toxic from safe, right from wrong, good from bad. Without sufficient information and education, we have to be our own advocates for our health and well-being.
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.
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.
For many women, the beauty of a manicure and pedicure comes at a terrible price. Although those who are on the receiving end of these beauty treatments face some health risks, the price is mostly paid by those who provide these salon services, and the cost can include devastating health problems and even death. In addition, the women often are forced to work excessively long hours, without pay during training, and below minimum wage once they are hired.