Who ever thought that lipstick could be bad for you? Well, not so much the lipstick as the lead that was found in several leading brands. And not just lipstick – certain fragrances, bath products, nail products and more were found to contain a list of ingredients that are toxic, some even cancer-causing. So, what’s a gal to do? Well, educate herself for starters!
At the forefront of this crusade to bring more consumer awareness to what is actually in our cosmetics is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Launched in 2004, their mission is to “protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.”
If you want to find out what’s in your favorite brands, just check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic safety database. For an even more eye-opening experience, stop by Opera night club tonight for the ‘Get the Lead Out’ Awareness Event from 6 – 9pm.
Laura Turner Seydel and Alyson Hoag are just a few of the many local activists who helped to spread the word on this important issue and event. Ms. Seydel recently hosted a reception in her home where several figures from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics spoke including National Director, Lisa Archer and Organizing Director, Mia Davis.
The take away from this educational evening was simple: Before you reach for your makeup brush, make sure you know what’s on it!