In the movie match club Rule # 1 says that Youre not talking about Fight Club. Similarly, the rules in the cosmetics and skin care industry are what the Fight Club is for their members - no one talks about it.
What can you really say about rules that would allow manufacturers to put their products on the market even without FDA approval? Or rules that say its okay to mislead buyers by not putting all ingredients on labels? Or rules that can not even recall harmful skin care or cosmetic products?
But we see the gigantic signs, the perfect airbrushed ad campaigns in newspapers, the most beautiful Hollywood A listings in commercials watching us in the eyes and saying Buy me. Somehow we get stuck in the industrys incredible glare and our consumers common sense immediately leaves our body. So to help you make ethical skin care decisions, heres a new set of rules to help you get back on track.
Rule # 1: Skin care products should be all natural and all organic
Before we go into the benefits of going naturally and organically, lets define some terms first.
Natural - According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is A substance derived from mineral, plant or animal material and does not undergo a synthetic process. This means that if it is not artificial and not grown in a laboratory, it can be defined as natural according to the USDA standards.
Organic - Although the USDA has the National Organic Program (NOP) and the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), there are currently no specific standards for organic skin care and cosmetics. As a rule of thumb, organic products are produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. According to USDA, any product with less than 70 percent non-organic ingredient can not be marketed as an organic product.
So why is it important to choose natural and organic products? Statistics show that our skin absorbs more than 60 percent of what we put on it. On average, women absorb more than 200 different types of chemicals through their skin care products. This accumulates to about 5 kg of chemicals annually. Which means if you have used skin care products from when you were in your teens, you would have absorbed a staggering 35 kg when you are in your 20s. Yuk!
Trademarks Certified Natural and Organic:
Earth Mama Angel Baby
Origins Skin Care
MuLondon Natural Organic Skin Care
Rule # 2: All types of skin care products should be paraben-free
For more than 70 years, parabens have been used as a cheap and effective preservative of cosmetic and cosmetic brands for their products. However, recent studies have shown that parabens have a direct correlation with increasing the risk of breast cancer, both in men and women.
Staunch advocates for paraben-free products like Philippa Darbre at the University of Reading in England who specializes in oncology and biomolecular sciences. According to her research in 2004, 90 percent of the sample has tissue from mammary biopsies parabens in it. She argues that long-term exposure to parabens, which imitates estrogen, greatly affects the womans risk of breast cancer. At the same time as in men, research shows that parabens absorbed through the skin (lotion, soap, etc.) can lead to male breast cancer, decreasing sperm and testicular cancer.
Origins Skin Care
Rule No. 3: No animal experiments
Seriously, how can you feel pretty after you know that cute little animals led to your beauty product? According to PETA, outdated product testing technicians who use animals more than hundreds of thousands of animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and even fish hurt.
But the good news is that more and more companies assume test options like in vitro (cell culture) and in silico (computer simulation). These methods reduce or coincide with the use of animals during product testing.
Companies with no animal testing policy:
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care
Origins Skin Care
Liz Clairborne Cosmetics
Rule # 4: Select socially responsible trademarks
If your favorite skin care brands already make you beautiful on the outside, make sure it also makes you beautiful on the inside. Because thats not what real beauty comes from?
Skin Care and Cosmetics Companies with CSR Programs:
Origins Skin Care - Origins Plant A Tree in collaboration with American Forests Global ReLeaf Project
Shiseido - Shiseido Social Beauty Care Center specializing in developing therapy makeup to cover birthmarks, vitiligo, scars and other skin defects.
Avon - Hello Green Tomorrow, which aims to reduce the companys environmental impact and support for forest planting projects throughout the United States.
Nu Skin - Nourish the Children Initiative, which aims to end the problem of hunger and malnutrition worldwide.