Would you put hundreds of products on your body every day without knowing what they're made of? Well, many people do!
Is this your case?
It seems that the average North American woman puts almost 500 different products on her body every day. PER DAY!
But how is this possible?
Take a single non-organic or eco-friendly cosmetic product from a supermarket and read the ingredients. We've taken a photo of the ingredients in a shampoo.
So it's easy to imagine the long list of ingredients when you add conditioner, other hair styling products, cosmetic face care products, soaps, make-up... it goes fast, very fast!
If we take one ingredient separately, a single use of a product containing this toxic substance does not in itself pose a health risk.
The problem could come from long-term, low-dose exposure to toxic substances, alone or in combination. Some toxic substances can accumulate in the body over time. This is known as bioaccumulation.
This is all the more relevant as most of the ingredients in these products have not yet been proven safe, and their impact on health is unknown.
What's more, at the time of writing, it seems that scientific research has yet to determine whether there are interactions that increase the toxicity of the ingredients.
All this deserves your attention, doesn't it?
There's a long list of products that should attract your attention.
Here's a short, non-exhaustive summary:
But what do we do?
The first thing to do is to feed ourselves with relevant information, and I think that's what you've just done.
The second is to become aware of our habits: what cosmetics do you consume? What is essential for you?
The third is, before you've finished with the products you already have, look for replacements. Now, there's no question of throwing everything out - that wouldn't be good for the environment, and what's not good for the environment isn't good for us!
The basic rules: we look for products that don't contain any of the above ingredients, and with a shorter list of ingredients.
It's up to you to learn how to make what you need. There's a whole range of recipes you can use to make your own homemade cosmetics.
Or maybe you don't have the time or inclination to go through trial and error to find what works for you. In that case, there are a number of fine companies specializing in natural, effective cosmetics. We'd like to introduce you to a few of them in our Beauty and Hygiene section.
Come on, let's get out our critical minds about what we consume and what we apply to our bodies!