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Your Beauty Products May Be Causing Your Breakouts

By Paula Davis

Don’t be fooled by the pretty packages! Did you know your beauty products may be the cause of your pimples, dimples and wrinkles. Most of the cosmetic and beauty products on the shelves today are filled with synthetic, toxic and sometimes carcinogenic ingredients. We assume, by the mere fact that they are available on these shelves, the ingredients must be regulated and tested for safety. When it comes to the multi-billion dollar beauty and cosmetic industry, this assumption can wreak havoc on YOUR health.
The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Did you know more than 500 products sold in the U.S. are actually banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union and more than 100 products contain ingredients considered unsafe by the International Fragrance Association? It’s scary but the list goes on. Not to mention that 20% of all personal care products may be contaminated with the cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane, including many children’s products. Almost 60% of all sunscreens contain the potential hormone disruptor oxybenzone and 61% of the lipstick brands tested contain lead. Wow! So why all the fuss? You, me, our children, family and the friends we love are exposed to all of these ingredients every day. We breathe in sprays and powders, swallow chemicals on the lips and hands, plus we absorb them through the skin. More than 60% of what you apply to your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. Some experts think this amount is even higher! We can’t ignore the numerous studies showing evidence of health risk. These chemicals are harmful hormone disruptors, and when absorbed into the body, you’ll encounter elevated risks for sperm damage, feminization of the male reproductive system, and low birth weight in girls.

What About “Natural” Cosmetics?
Now, what about all the products claiming to be hypoallergenic or natural and organic? Can we assume they are safer? Well, considering most marketing and advertising claims are unregulated and companies are rarely if ever required to back up their claims, I think not. Plus, just because an ingredient is organic doesn’t mean it is necessarily risk-free. Take petrochemicals for instance. They are organic in nature but I wouldn’t want to apply them to my skin!
Considering we spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetic and beauty care products, isn’t it time we start paying attention to the toxic ingredients in them? We used to think cosmetic safety was only a concern for women, but this is not the case any longer. Men are using more and more products every year and our children are also continuously exposed. Don’t you think it’s time to stop this craziness? For actual case studies and references, please refer to Myths on Cosmetic Safety on the Environmental Work Groups Skin Deep Cosmetic Database website.

Flower Power for Your Beauty Revolution

If you are struggling with acne, wrinkles, saggy skin, bags under the eyes, spots, stains or any other beauty blues,consider the possibility that your toxic beauty products may actually be the cause of your problems, and march your beautiful booty right on over to the 10-Day Natural Beauty Mini-Makeover. Once you sign up, over the next 10 days you’ll get a sense of what’s possible when you put the petrochemicals aside and start letting flower power work its magic on you.  Be sure to get a taste of the BE Beauty 30-Day Natural Beauty Makeover.  It starts today, November 11th, and registration closes at Midnight tonight. 

P.S. When you invite three friends to join you  to the free mini-makeover, we’ll pass along a free e-book loaded with articles, natural beauty recipes and more!  

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