The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did a study in 2004 of how many personal care products (PCPs) an average American uses in a day. According to EWG, women use an average of 12 PCPs, and put an average of 168 chemical ingredients on their bodies a day! So I asked myself, “How many cosmetic ingredients do I use on a typical day?” I decided to take the “Cosmetics Challenge!”
So here’s what I used to use before I switched to more Natural products and the number of chemicals in each:
Dove soap, unscented – 14
Aveeno AN Positively Ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser -13
Secret invisible solid deodorant – 13
Aveeno Active Naturals (AN) Lotion – 7
Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Moisturizer – 20
Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream - 21
Revlon lip-gloss – 35
Almay mascara - 18
Crest Scope Whitening toothpaste - 20
Vaseline Intensive Care hand cream – 18
For a whopping total of 179 chemicals!!!
This is not counting water, sodium chloride (salt) or any plant extracts or essences. (There are some duplicates) This is called my chemical body burden. Now the number of chemicals is not the only concern to have, but the potential hazards of those chemicals that you are using. We’ll investigate that more in a future blog.