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Straight from a doctor’s mouth: why we need to make changes to our personal care products especially those we use on our kids

Beautycounter is about cancer prevention. That’s why we always say we’re a movement to get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Each month, our extended team gets together here in San Diego (we also do these in other parts of the country if you’re located elsewhere and interested in attending one) to continue educating ourselves on topics and issues related to health and wellness. Last night, our guest speaker was Dr. Adam Silberman, a naturopath in La Jolla who has trained extensively all over the world and who has an impressive list of celebrity clientele (although you would never know it given his humble and goofy personality).

Dr. Silberman’s talk focused on how toxins found in every day products can negatively impact our endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. He had so many valuable insights to share but here are a few of what I thought were the most important takeaways:

  • He recently treated a 13 year-old patient with severe face, chest and neck acne by having her stop all personal care products for ten days. She wasn’t allowed to use anything on her hair or body except water and apple cider vinegar. By day ten, her acne was completely gone. She was thrilled and immediately wanted to start using her personal care products again to which his answer was “not the same ones you were using before!” 
  • Some toxins never leave the body which is why they’re found in human tissue even after a person is deceased. Even something that seems mundane like walking on grass after it’s been sprayed with pesticides can stay in your body forever. Skin is our largest organ and it absorbs whatever it comes into contact with–just think about how nicotine patches and pain relief creams get absorbed into the skin. The same goes for the shampoo, lotion, sunscreen and makeup we’re using on our bodies every day. 
  • We have to be our own health advocates! The amount of toxins he sees in some of his patients’ blood work is off the charts yet our government doesn’t do much of anything to protect our health when it comes to the personal care industry. Because of the lack of overall regulation and loopholes with things like transparency, reading labels isn’t enough–we must do our research using resources like the Environmental Working Group.

Knowing that we must be our own advocates, I’ll leave you with this: What small changes can you make today that will have a big impact on you tomorrow?

With love, lipstick and lavender,

Olivia


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Think your skin doesn’t absorb chemicals? Think again!

This morning, Good Morning America did an interesting piece about the lack of regulation in the beauty industry and how the United States government does NOT regulate the safety of all of the shampoos, lotions and makeup that we use on our skin every day.

If you haven’t visited the “learn” section of my site, let me quickly catch you up on some of the scary facts:

  • The average woman uses between 8-10 products on her body every single day and those products get absorbed right into her skin.
  • The United States hasn’t passed a major federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938!
  • Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products. The U.S. has only partially banned 11 to date.
  • There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today and many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.

Now back to Good Morning America…

As part of their research, GMA wanted to see if our bodies actually absorb the chemicals in our skin care and cosmetics and they specifically looked at two common chemicals: parabens, which can act as preservatives, and phthalates, controversial chemicals often used to make fragrances last longer. Here’s what happened:

After getting a baseline measurement of the chemicals in ABC News’ correspondent Mary Bruce’s system, for three days, she used only beauty products containing the two chemicals, parabens and phthalates. Then, for five days, she cut them out completely, using only products excluding those chemicals for her daily routine.

ABC News took urine samples at each stage of the experiment and sent them to the California Department of Health for review, then met with University of California-Berkeley researcher Kim Harley for the results.

When Bruce switched to using only products with the chemicals, the level of parabens in her system went off the charts, going up to 386 ug/g, from her baseline of 38 ug/g. The average American woman, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has 23 ug/g.

When she changed to the low-chemical products, the “levels basically plummeted,” said Harley. “You went down to 6 [ug/g].”

The same thing happened with phthalates, going from her baseline of 87 ug/g, up to 284 ug/g, and back down to 45 ug/g. The average for women is 43 ug/g.

Not only are the results of this test frightening, but what’s even worse is the CDC says the health effects of low-level exposure to these chemicals are “unknown!”

Make sure to check out GMA’s video for the full story and if you want more information on how you can make healthier choices, feel free to check out the shop section of my site or contact me.

With love, lipstick and lavender,

Olivia