February 26, 2010
I’ve been thinking more about the conversation I had with a friend yesterday, (where I was sharing how I’ve learned that body products are full of toxins, and her response was “whatever – we’re all gonna die anyway“), and I remembered something else she said. When I told her the ingredient lists often contain chemicals that are known neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens, she said “The FDA says all those chemicals are perfectly safe, because you only get them in trace amounts.”
Exsqueeze me? Trace amounts? The fact that we are exposed to only trace amounts of harmful chemicals, is supposed to make us feel better? Safer? Uh, how about none amounts. Because I’m sorry, as soon as I realize that my lotion has just a little bit of cancer in it – I’m not using it anymore! I don’t care if it’s just a trace amount! I don’t want a carcinogen, in any amount. Especially when it’s not even necessary. There are plenty of more natural, healthier ingredients out there that can be used.
And let’s face it, most women aren’t exposed to just trace amounts. Granted, my moisturizer may have just a trace amount of a neurotoxin in it, but that’s not the only product I use everyday. Now men are exposed to a lesser degree, but women use waaay more products on a daily basis. Let’s take my routine, for example. Every day I use: toothpaste, mouth wash, hand soap, face wash, eye cream, moisturizer, lotion, deodorant, perfume, foundation, powder, bronzer, brow liner, eyeshadow(s), eye liner, mascara, blush, chapstick, lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, hairspray, eye makeup remover pads, night face wash, night eye cream, night moisturizer, and every few days shampoo, conditioner, mousse, root boosting spray, shaving cream, and an exfoliating scrub are also added to the mix. I use between 25-30 products every day, that each have trace amounts of toxins in them. EVERY DAY. So we’re no longer talking about trace amounts! And then we wonder why cancer is on the rise in women.
Women, even more so than men, need to take steps to protect ourselves. And unless I’m willing to stop using body products and make-up and go au natural (which I’m not), the first step is to stop using products that have toxins in them. It’s just that simple. I’m not willing to put my health at risk. Let some of these companies and chemical manufacturers be the guinea pigs, in the Side Effects of Daily Exposure to Harmful Toxins experiment.
Image Source: Rice, Maureen. “Body Products Chemicals.” Photo. DailyMail.co.uk 21 Nov. 2009. 01 Mar. 2011. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/beauty/article-1229275/Revealed–515-chemicals-women-bodies-day.html>.