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“Not for Internal Use” is a common warning on the outside of…most everything related to skin or hair care. Makeup, ointments, lotions, and even toothpastes all have this mark, warning us not to ingest these products that we are applying – ironically – to the largest organ of our bodies, the skin.
It is well documented that our skin is a living, breathing organ. It stands to reason then that what you put on your skin is absorbed and distributed systemically. According to an article published by The Telegraph in the UK (by the way, the EU has banned over 1,100 chemicals from their cosmetics industries), the average woman absorbs approximately 5 pounds of makeup a year. Having trouble ditching those last few pesky pounds? Perhaps ditching the chemicals is a good start. Gross.
Why are Chemicals Allowed?
So then, if these chemicals are so toxic that they shouldn’t be ingested (or, “let into” the body), why can these products be allowed on the shelves? The Food and Drug Administration does not evaluate these things. They are not regulated. Now, I’m all for people making their own decisions. As much as I can appreciate that the EU has banned over a thousand chemicals from their makeup, I’m not going to demand that the FDA does the same. Instead, as a consumer, I choose to be educated and make my own decision.
What Should We Do?
No one makes me buy makeup. Or lotion. Or skin care. Knowing what I do about the body as a nurse )and someone a little bit obsessed with natural health and wellness), I apply my knowledge and creativity and make my own products. I use ingredients that I research and purchase myself. Because I am educated, I choose to act. I make my own deodorant, face wash, lotion, toothpaste, and I’m currently researching shampoo options.
Make the Switch
I don’t typically wear much makeup, but when I do, I like makeup from Everyday Minerals. 100% cruelty-free (vegan), the ingredients are simple, the colors are trendy but classic, and the prices are actually very comparable to popular drugstore brands. For instance, the eye shadow (which goes on super smooth and stays on all day) is $6. For real. And their blush? So smooth and beautiful. To die for.
Wellness is a journey, and a very personal one. Because I know that my whole body is effected by what I put on my skin, it makes me much more careful. My liver is just as much effected by my lotion as my skin. There should be no difference then between what is safe to ingest and safe to put on my skin. For me, the choice is simple: if I can’t eat it, it shouldn’t go on me.