How carefully do you look at the ingredients in the cosmetic products you buy? Would you be surprised to learn they may contain chemicals harmful to your health? Revlon recently announced that it will remove a chemical that releases formaldehyde and two long-chain parabens from its products. That decision came after more than 100,000 people signed a petition by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Heather White, Executive Director of EWG, says: “Long-chain parabens and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals have no place in everyday cosmetic products. We applaud Revlon for taking these important steps and hope other companies will follow Revlon’s lead by reformulating their products to remove chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems.”
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is concerned that parabens affect the endocrine system’s production of hormones, and that in turn could increase a person’s risk of cancer. Formaldehyde can be a skin irritant and is also considered by many experts to be a carcinogen.
According to previous research by EWG, “one in five of all (beauty) products contain chemicals linked to cancer; 80 percent contain ingredients that commonly contain hazardous impurities; and 56 percent contain penetration enhancers.”
So before applying a product that will be absorbed by your skin, will you now be more likely to first check out what’s in it?