The cosmetic industry has borrowed a page from the playbook of the tobacco industry by putting profits above public health. Senator Edward Kennedy
FACT: Safety studies on ingredients aren’t required by law. Thousands of cosmetics ingredients have not been assessed for safety- even by the industry’s own safety panel
FACT: according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average woman uses over 100 chemicals on her body every day.
FACT: What goes ‘ON’ your skin goes ‘IN’ your body. The ingredients in your everyday products end up in your blood stream, pumping through the organs in your body.
FACT: no one assesses the safety of your cumulative exposure to skin care chemicals. One chemical may have low or no toxicity level, yet when mixed with other chemicals from other products, the toxicity level may change. In addition, there is no way of knowing how much of each ingredient gets into your body. A little from one product may be safe, but what if the same ingredient is in four products used, what effect does that have?
Good Karma Skincare was founded by a holistic practitioner who was tired of seeing “the junk” in skincare products, especially those labeled “Natural”. Since the word “Natural” has no legal meaning in skincare, it is used by many companies who combine their natural ingredients with synthetic chemicals and everyday ingredients that carry toxicity warnings.
Ingredients we won’t use
These commonly used ingredients are found in most skin care products:
Retinyl Palmitate: (Retinol, Retinyl, Vitamin A Palmitate, et al.) The registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances has published over 25 studies confirming retinyl palmitates hazardous effects. In addition, report issued in 2000 by the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) cites FDA research which found that vitamin A derivatives are both phototoxic and photocarcinogenic: When mixed with sunlight, retinyl increases the development of skin tumors and lesions. Sunlight can also cause retinyl to form free radicals that damage DNA.
Silicone: (dimethicone, cyclomethicone, methicone, polysilicone, et al.) Science has taken sand (silica) and transformed it into plastic used in every day household items. Sealants, adhesives, kitchen utensils and cosmetics, all contain silicone. This plastic is used to give lotions and creams a luscious, smooth texture. Like all plastic, silicone is non-permeable, blocking your pores and cutting off oxygen.
Parabens: (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, et al.) A powerful preservative, banned in several countries but still used in the USA. Parabens have been recognized as endocrine disrupters (EDs). They are believed by many researchers to contribute to the increasing incidences of breast cancer, low sperm count and other estrogen-influenced medical problems in humans, as well as to alter the sexual characteristics of fish, frogs and other species by contaminating fresh water supplies4. A recent study in England examined tissue samples from 40 women undergoing mastectomies5. They found 99% of the tissue samples contained at least one paraben and 60% of the samples had five. In a separate study, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly every human urine sample tested contained parabens.6 In the holistic world, these tests show us that our bodies are working as they should, trying to eliminate a toxic substance (the urine study).
Nano Particles: (hidden ingredient) According to Dr Samuel Epstein, Chairmen of The Cancer Prevention Coalition, Nano Particles are dubbed as “universal asbestos”. Science has now been able to take everyday ingredients and re-create them to be micro-particle in size vs it’s ‘normal’ particle size. These nano particles are used for better absorption, moisturizing and wrinkle reducing effects- all at a price. Dr Epstein explains; “Nanoparticles, because of their ultramicroscopic size, readily penetrate the skin, can invade underlying blood vessels, get into the general blood stream, and produce distant toxic effects. We already have evidence of this, including toxic effects in the brain, degenerative disorders in the brain, and nerve damage. So we’re dealing here with one of the most dangerous types of products in the whole cosmetic industry.
Human and Animal Collagen: (hidden ingredient) The sources of collagen used in beauty products do not need be disclosed by the manufacturer. Animal sources (cow, sheep, et al.) are common as with the disturbing trend of human collagen. Human collagen can come from a fetus or a corpse, we feel either of these choices is an unacceptable ‘advancement’ in beauty. If the source of collagen is not listed by the manufacturer, you can assume it is one of these.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Toxic Beauty, Dr Samuel Epstein