4 Dangerous Face Cleanser Myths That May Be Putting Your Overall Health at Risk
Many people don’t think twice about the personal care products they buy for several reasons:
Myth #1: If a store or website sells it, it must be safe.
You may be surprised to know that companies are not required to test their products for safety. They can say almost anything they want about their product without having to prove it’s true.
Further, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not review or approve most products or ingredients before they go on the market.
Myth #2: It doesn’t matter what’s in a facial product because you’re not ingesting it.
What many don’t realize is what you put on your face does pass through the skin barrier and enter your blood stream. You might as well be drinking the product! (Which of course, I don’t recommend.) Some products even include chemicals that act as enhancers that allow ingredients to penetrate deeper into your skin.
Myth #3: You can avoid dangerous ingredients by reading the label.
Unfortunately, that’s not true either. If an ingredient is a “trade secret,”, a component of fragrance (typically a concoction of chemicals, unless it’s Organic) or nanomaterials, it doesn’t need to be listed on the product label!
Myth #4: Products labeled hypoallergenic or natural are safer.
According to the FDA and even dermatologists, “hypoallergenic” and “natural” mean nothing. Products labeled natural can contain synthetic chemicals as well as petrochemicals.
Keep in mind, the personal care products industry is unregulated. Companies can say just about anything about their product or use any ingredient, including untested chemicals and many substances known to be harmful.
It’s truly a wild frontier out there with personal care products. There’s no question, you’re on your own finding one that’s safe...