Women Absorb Five Pounds of Makeup Chemicals Every Year

August 1, 2007 by SheFindsTara
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Awhile back we asked you how often you wore makeup and the majority of you said that you wear makeup everyday or at least everytime you leave the house. Since we know that the skin absorbs 65 percent of what is put on it, it's no wonder that women who wear makeup on a daily basis absorb 4.6 pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year.

The question is whether or not these chemicals are really all that bad for you. You probably remember the big sodium lauryl sulfate craze (a lathering agent found in shampoo and body wash, but that is also a skin irritant) or all of the talk about parabens being linked to breast cancer.

While makeup and perfume agencies deny that applying a cocktail of cosmetic chemicals to your face can do any bodily harm, many are still skeptical, especially when it comes to using out of date cosmetics, in which bacteria is rampant. 

Rather than reduce your daily intake of cosmetics, we recommend swapping your normal dosage of potentially harful goods with some organic and natural ones gradually. They're just as effective and probably better for you — especially when many of the ingredients in the best of eco-chic beauty products are potent anti-oxidants. Who can argue with absorbing green tea and essential oils?

For those new to the organic scene, don't be shy. Check out our guide to Eco-Chic Beauty and some of the many eco-chic product reviews on the blog. We guarantee you won't find any carcinogenic chemicals.

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