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3 Steps to Give Your Cosmetic Case a Natural Make Over

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Many people are becoming more aware of what they are eating the the products they use everyday. One important place not to overlook is your cosmetic bag. Remember, your skin is your largest organ and what you put onto it will get absorbed into your body. It's scary to think that something that is designed to make you look beautiful on the outside may not be beautiful for your insides.

With 3 simple steps, you can give your make-up case a natural make-over:

1. Check it

Have you ever read the ingredients in your make-up? You should.

You see, the cosmetic industry in the United States does not have any government regulations. The US government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for personal care products. Instead, the industry has a self-funded Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel, whose responsibility is to ensure that the ingredients for cosmetic and similar products are safe for consumer use. (Remember where their funding comes from).

According to research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public health and environment watchdog, "the CIR has reviewed the safety of just 13% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products. The FDA does no systematic reviews of safety. That means that nearly 90% of ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution. And as people apply an average of 126 unique ingredients on their skin daily, these chemicals are raising concerns, for their potential impacts to human health and to the environment."

So, if your make-up doesn't list the ingredients or if you need help deciphering anything listed, then check the EWG Cosmetic Database which rates over 25,000 personal care products. The lower the score the better. They also have a "What Not to Buy" list which names products that contain ingredients of primary concern.

You can keep a copy of National Geographic's the Green Guide's "Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics" in your purse, so you can review a product's ingredients before you buy it.

2. Toss it

You should create a routine to review your cosmetic bag every 3 months.

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EmpowHER Guest

Thanks so much for this great post. I work for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and it's terrific to see our info on safer cosmetics getting out there! We have loads of other research and tips on chemical safety and environmental health at http:www.ewg.org. Thanks! Lisa Frack

November 5, 2009 - 5:02pm
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