Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How Safe Are Your Cosmetics?

I don't watch Dr. Oz, mostly because I really, really, really dislike Oprah and all things Orpah (including Dr. Oz). Anyway, apparently on a recent Dr. Oz show, he was talking about how unsafe cosmetics are.

Here are my thoughts on the subject:
  1. This whole thing gives me a headache. I intellectually know that I should care deeply about this. I understand that I should be very concerned with the amount of chemicals and toxins in beauty products, but for some reason, I just don't think about it. I should care, yet I don't lose any sleep over it. What's up with that?
  2. Daytime TV always seems to hype up the dangers in common, everyday things to get ratings. Does Dr. Oz really care about chemicals and toxins in our cosmetic products? Maybe, but I bet he cares more about having women tune in to watch what deadly products are lying around our homes. TV is the land of shock-journalism, so you have to calm down a bit after watching segments about deadly products.
  3. If you are concerned about what's in your cosmetics, you should go to the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Database to check out what you're putting on your skin. They analyze ingredients and provide a great deal of information about your favorite products.
The bottom line: you need to be an informed consumer. Yes, there are probably some ingredients you should avoid. And yes, some products may be harmful. But you also need to balance out common sense. Only take risks you're comfortable with, but don't go through life being afraid.

So tell me: do you worry about this topic? Let me know what you do to educate yourself.


Britt said...

I never really put that much thought into either. All I know is what products and brands irritate my skin so I just stop using them. I don't look into it any further than that. Sigh.... Maybe i should care more too.

Brooke said...

I agree with Britt - the furthest I go is to stop using brands that irritate my skin...maybe I should care more.
That being said, my 85 year old grandma always says that she should have died a long time ago according to "things that are bad for you" now days...sooooo I'll leave it at that.

Yvonne said...

I just posted about 'natural' and 'dermatologist tested' on beauty products today. Interesting that we are both sort of on the same page.
I see you also blog about food but on a different blog altogether. I don't think I could do that. Mine are all together, just different days.

Btw, do you have a video icon on your new blog page? I want to upload video and can't seem to find that icon anywhere. All the how to youtube videos seem to assume it is present. I'd love to hear from you on this. I asked for help to no response from Blogger :(