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Abby’s Helpful Guide To Avoid Toxic Skincare Products

So What Are Parabens, Sulfates, DEA, and Phthalates?

Abby is sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.In the pursuit of beauty it seems there is little we won’t try. Intoxicating skin care product headlines like, Super Charged Age-Fighting Serum, Look Up To 10 Years Younger In 2 Weeks‎, or Miracle Skin Cream Reverses Signs Of Aging, can be hard to resist.

Understanding the long-term effects on our health from chemicals used in many products extend well beyond the handful we hear about in the media. To learn more about how cosmetics are governed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) see FDA Authority Over Cosmetics and for regulations on specific ingredients check out the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.

Recently after trying some new hair care products I wanted to know if they contained toxins. GoodGuide, a product review site based on scientific ratings, provides safe, healthy, green, & ethical reviews. The site has over 75,000 product reviews in a range of four categories: personal care, food, household, and babies & kids.

Image contains several small plants and bowls of natural ingredients for skin care.

The rating system is a numerical scale from zero to 10, the higher the number, the better the rating. What I like most about GoodGuide‘s reviews are the combined product and company-level data to characterize a product’s health, environmental and social impacts. A rating of 8 or above represent the best products and those with a rating of 4 or below are the worst. Even better is a simplified summary score so consumers can, at a glance, know where a specific product stands.

Options are great especially when the concerns are health related. While we might be hard pressed to find totally synthetic free products, being able to check them for safety allows us to take back a little control to limit our exposure to harmful chemicals.

Following are helpful terms, definitions, and other sources on product safety.

  • Sulfates – are aggressive detergents made of sulfur-containing mineral salts.
  • Phthalates – are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break
  • Parabens – Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. 
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) “the FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be alarmed based on the use of these substances in cosmetics. However, consumers wishing to avoid cosmetics containing DEA or DEA-related ingredients may do so by reviewing the ingredient statement that is required to appear on the outer container label of cosmetics offered for retail sale to consumers.”

You know the saying “knowledge is power?” I hope you’ve gained some useful information to keep yourself and your families a little safer.

Have a great weekend! ~Abby

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11 thoughts on “Abby’s Helpful Guide To Avoid Toxic Skincare Products

  1. I really appreciate this post! Thanks, Steph!

    1. Thank you for reading and appreciating Camie.

  2. Sandy and I look more and more to nature. How can “natural ingredients” be something made in a chemical factory in China, though the FDA approved such labeling about 3 years ago? Thank you for the reminder and the info.

    1. You’re welcome George. I get irritated at how we play these silly word games just to make a buck. Distorting words in our vocabulary to make a sell is lying as is some of the methods used in packaging products to make us think they are healthy. It just seems so unnecessarily complicated.

  3. Thanks that is very helpful information. I always shoot for natural products but these days labels are pretty deceptive when they say “natural”. Doesn’t mean that they are.
    Peta

    1. Thanks Peta. Anymore it’s like some sort of game where we have to figure out what is truth.

  4. This is a really useful post.I have lost faith in manufacturers, and even government bodies, to tell the truth about toxicity of products we are sold. It is increasingly up to the individual to do the research themselves in order to avoid harm.

    1. I hear you Robyn. It’s so aggravating that in the name of money we cannot simply state things as they are. I’ve come to the conclusion for products that go in or on my body, if I cannot pronounce the ingredients then more than likely they aren’t good for me.

      1. Haha a good measure Steph.

  5. I love that site and have used it for years now.

    Have a great weekend.

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