Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Top 5 Safe Cosmetics Tips

No one wants to learn that their trusted personal care products are made with hazardous chemicals. Thankfully, safer alternatives are available and there are steps you can take to reduce toxic exposures in your home and protect the health of your family.
1. Simplify
Choose products with simpler ingredient lists and fewer synthetic chemicals. Avoid synthetic fragrance by skipping products with “fragrance” on the label, and use fewer products overall.
2. DIY
Some personal care products are easy to make yourself, and this can be a great project for a party. Make your own sugar or salt scrubs or body oils, using simple, organic ingredients.
3. Research Products YourselfSince the beauty industry is largely unregulated, it’s up to you to do your own research to find the safest products. There are no legal standards for personal care products labeled as “pure,” “natural” or “organic,” so look beyond the marketing claims and read labels carefully.
4. Use apps like Think Dirty
To find out whether your go-to products are safe or not, try Think Dirty’s shop clean app. This easy-to-use resource ranks the safety of specific products on a scale of 1-10 and offers up cleaner solutions.
5. Get Involved
While it’s possible – and becoming easier – to reduce toxic exposures in your home by buying safer products, it’s not possible to shop our way out of this problem. Even if they’re not in your home, toxic chemicals from personal care products can still end up in our air and drinking water, and in the homes of people who don’t have access to safe products.
The solution: help us change the rules of the game! It shouldn’t be legal to sell cosmetics that contain dangerous ingredients. We’re working to pass new laws that protect our health and give consumers better information to make smart choices.

- See more at: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/healthandscience/safe-cosmetics-tips/#sthash.YsQVw6mz.dpuf

Monday, 13 July 2015

TiZo Mineral Sun Protection

TiZO was developed specifically to offer unparalleled elegant sun protection, especially for those individuals with sensitive skin. 
No other product compares to TiZO's unique capabilities, offering superb mineral sun protection with no chemical sunscreen filters.
 TiZO is a daily necessity.

Cosmetic Elegance    Superior Protection 

  • Zinc and Titanium - best UVA/UVB protection available
  • No Chemical Sunscreens - Will not irritate skin
  • No Dyes, Fragrance, oils or PABA    
  • For Ultra Sensitive skin
  • Cosmetically Elegant for the face 
  • Elegant, Silky Application   Safe for the entire family

Friday, 3 July 2015

Men's Products

The average American man uses six personal care products a day containing more than 80 unique chemicals. Many of these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, inhaled or ingested, and the vast majority of cosmetic chemicals have not been assessed for safety.

Some of the chemicals used in men's body-care products – from aftershaves and shaving creams to deodorants and shampoos – are linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other chronic health problems. A common chemical found in most fragranced products may be particularly harmful to male reproductive health.

What's in his Medicine Cabinet?

Problematic chemicals in men's personal care products include:

Diethyl phthalate (DEP): found in fragrance-containing products such as cologne, aftershave, shaving cream, shampoos and deodorants
  • Recent human studies link DEP to sperm damage in adult men, abnormal reproductive development in infants, and Attention Deficit Disorder in children (i).
  • A study by Harvard University researchers suggests that a single use of cologne can markedly increase the level of DEP in a person’s body (ii).
  • Recent product tests found DEP in popular men’s colognes Quicksilver, Calvin Klein Eternity for Men, Old Spice After Hours Body Spray and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (iii).
Lead acetate: found in men’s hair and beard colorants
  • Banned from cosmetics in European Union because it is a known human reproductive toxicant
  • Brands include Men’s Grecian Hair Formula and Youthair Hair Color for Men.
Coal tar: found in dandruff shampoos such as Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo
  • Known human carcinogen that is banned from cosmetics in European Union.
Triclosan: found in antibacterial soaps and deodorants such as Old Spice Wide Stick Deodorant, Speed Stick deodorants, Dial anti-bacterial soaps and Edge Advanced Shaving Gel, Ultra Sensitive
  • Linked to hormone disruption, and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (iv).
  • The Canadian Medical Association asked the Canadian government to ban triclosan in household products due to concerns about bacterial resistance and carcinogenic byproducts (v).
  • There is no evidence that triclosan soaps are any more effective than regular soap and water (vi).
Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane: found in many leading shampoos and body washes
  • Known animal carcinogens and probable human carcinogens, according to US EPA (vii).
  • Formaldehyde is a leading allergen that can trigger skin rashes and other allergic reactions.
  • 1,4-dioxane is a leading groundwater contaminant and suspected as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, according to California EPA.
Safer Alternatives

Some companies are already making safer men’s products that don’t contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates and formaldehyde. You can browse the list of companies that make men's products and have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
Men can also search for safer products on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Look for products in the 0-2 range with the green circle.
However, it’s not possible to just shop our way out of this problem. Without new laws, hazardous chemicals will remain in the majority of personal care products – and the problem will remain hidden from consumers. Many of the toxic chemicals described here are not even listed on product labels due to loopholes that allow companies to keep secret the chemicals in fragrances (such as DEP) and the hazardous impurities (such as formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane) that are commonly found in products.
What You Can Do
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 will fix these problems by requiring companies to list all product ingredients on labels, and by setting up a system to ensure that all personal care products are assessed for safety and free of the most harmful chemicals.
This legislation will protect the health of everyone who uses personal care products, and will also ensure the long-term health of the cosmetics industry by shifting the industry away from toxic chemicals and spurring the innovation of safer products that consumers around the world are demanding.