Thursday, July 27, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #21

Buyer Beware Continued...

  • Fragrance Free – means that the product has no detectable odor. Fragrance ingredients may still be added to mask offensive odors from the materials used to make the product.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #20

Buyer Beware Continued...

  • Alcohol Free – generally means the product does not contain ethyl alcohol (or grain alcohol). The product may contain fatty alcohols like cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, or lanolin.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #19

Buyer Beware Continued...

  • Hypoallergenic – means that the manufacturer believes the product is less likely to cause allergic reactions. But there are no standards for classifying a product hypoallergenic. The manufacturer may actually test the product before classifying it hypoallergenic, or simply remove fragrances and call it hypoallergenic. The manufacturer is not required to prove this claim. Also, the terms "dermatologist-tested," "sensitivity tested," "allergy tested," or "nonirritating" do not guarantee they won't cause allergic reactions.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #18

Buyer Beware

The FDA's attempt at establishing official definitions for specific terms like "natural" and "hypoallergenic" were overturned in court. Consequently, companies can use these terms on cosmetic labels to mean anything they want. Mostly, the value of these terms lies in promoting cosmetic products to the consumer rather than any real medical meaning, according to dermatologists.

Beware of products claiming to be:
  • Natural – suggests that the ingredients are derived from natural sources rather than being produced synthetically. However, there are no industry standards for what natural means. The product may contain all natural ingredients, just a few natural ingredients added to a synthetic product or even no natural ingredients at all.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #17

Continued from Excerpt #16 ...

The EWG further states that "for many of the ingredients the CIR has chosen to review, the cosmetic industry has failed to conduct even the most basic toxicity tests."... For more than half of the ingredients approved by the CIR, "the panel fails in whole to discuss any available data with respect to cancer and mutagenicity, birth defects, and other reproductive risks." ... The "CIR has chosen sensitization and the related effect of irritation as the basis for approximately 80% of its safety decisions, to the near total exclusion of other health impacts... It is clear from the review summaries published by the panel in the open scientific literature that basic safety data are often lacking."

The CIR is funded by CTFA.

Don't play Russian roulette with your health. Make sure you know how to tell if your personal care products are safe or not.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #16

Continued from Excerpt #15 ...

The CIR website states that they determine which ingredients to review based upon how widespread the use of the ingredient is and reports of adverse effects, toxicity predictions, potential for skin penetration, if banned in Japan or the European Union, etc. However, according to the Environmental Working Group, based upon their review of the ingredients in 7,500 products in 2004, "the CIR has failed to review one-third of the top 50 ingredients used in cosmetics," some of which pose "potential cancer risks." In addition, "of the 1175 ingredients that had been reviewed by the CIR at the time of EWG’s analysis, half of the ingredients are not used in cosmetics."

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #15

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), established in 1976 by CTFA, was the industry’s effort to provide an unbiased evaluation of the safety of cosmetic ingredients. Between 1976 and June 14, 2005, they completed safety assessments, for 1269 ingredients. This represents only 10% of the more than 12,000 ingredients listed in the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.

New cosmetic ingredients are coming onto the market faster than they can be reviewed. The 2004 edition of the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary listed over 1400 more ingredients than were listed in the 2002 edition. In just two years more ingredients were added to the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary than the CIR has reviewed in 29 years.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bar Soap at its Best

Most people don't give a second thought to what's in a bar of soap, let alone that it might just have ingredients that could harm them or their loved ones. Like all other personal care products, a bar of soap can have toxic chemicals that can do harm when absorbed through your skin into your bloodstream. Yes this does happen!

Now, you can have your soap and lather in it too - the healthy way, and it doesn't have to be boring because it's healthy and safe for you.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Healthy, Natural, Organic Skin Care

There are so many products on the market that claim to be all natural, organic and healthy for you, but are far from it. The reason that these companies get away with that kind of marketing is because ... they can. The cosmetic and personal care industry is the least regulated and they take advantage of the consumer ... big time.

Here's one skin care product line that is truly natural, organic and healthy for you! Why not give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #14

Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) is an industry organization supporting creative freedom in product development and self-regulation within the personal care product sector. It is the industry lobby at various government levels.

The CTFA International Buyers' Guide 2004 edition lists over 12,000 cosmetic chemicals according to INCI names cross-referencing them to more than 55,000 trade and technical names.

INCI, International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient, standardizes the terminology for cosmetic chemical ingredients in the U.S., Europe, Japan and other countries throughout the world. Manufacturers use this guide to choose their ingredients for the cosmetics they produce. Most of the chemicals have not been tested for short-term or long-term toxic effects or for systemic effects. Many are contaminated with toxic by-products from manufacturing. Many are toxic themselves.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Healthy Mineral Makeup

A great deal of the makeup on the market today contains harmful ingredients. Some of these ingredients cause cancer.

If you're conscious about healthy cosmetics, you've probably already heard of mineral makeup as a safe alternative. However, not all mineral makeup is healthy.

Many of the mineral makeups are made from micronized minerals. Micronized minerals can be absorbed into the cell and damage the DNA. According to the National Center for Toxicological Research, these minerals have not been adequately tested, AND the technology to adequately test them does not even exist yet.

Healthy mineral makeup is made from crushed minerals. These minerals cannot be absorbed and will not damage your cells.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #13

The requirement to list cosmetic and personal care product ingredients on the label applies to retail products sold for home use. Products produced for use in salons, labeled "For Professional Use Only" and cosmetic and personal care product samples do not require the ingredients to be listed on the label. However, these products do require the name of the distributor, the quantity, and all necessary warning statements.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #12

According to EWG, "The regulatory vacuum in the U.S. gives cosmetic companies tremendous leeway in selecting ingredients, while it transfers potentially significant and largely unnecessary health risks to the users of the products."

Here's how to avoid these health risks when you choose the products you use.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Dying To Look Good Excerpt #11

The FDA can make suggestions or recommendations to manufacturers about cosmetic products or their ingredients, but the manufacturers do not have to comply. The FDA must first prove in a court of law that a product is harmful, improperly labeled, or violates the law if it wants to remove a cosmetic product from the market.

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Dying To Look Good Excerpt #10

According to John Bailey, Ph.D., director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors, "Consumers believe that 'if it's on the market, it can't hurt me,' and this belief is sometimes wrong."

Make sure the products you buy don't hurt you.