Learning about toxic chemicals in personal products is enough to make a person panic each time they open their medicine cabinet or unzip their makeup bag. Fear not! There are many healthy alternatives to products with toxic chemicals.
You shouldn’t have to compromise health for beauty or hygiene. You have the power to make healthy choices and call on businesses and policymakers to better protect us. Here are some effective ways to stand up to toxins.
• Boycott toxin-laden products and vote with your dollar – find the good, the bad and the ugly via the Think Dirty and Skin Deep mobile phone apps. Then, the next time you purchase a product, you can easily and quickly find a healthier alternative.
• Have a Clean Out Party with your friends and family! Take pics and video while doing it and then post it your social media channels so people know you are a modern-day personal products pioneer! Get your gals together, bring your cosmetics and products together and help each other check ingredient safety. Toss the bad apples. Then, go shopping and get your glam glow on with healthier alternatives!
• Write Congress and ask them to sign and pass a new bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of cosmetics (S. 1014). This bill changes how chemicals are managed and used in the United States, including for consumer usage in cosmetics and toiletries. It also requires the FDA to test chemical ingredients each year to determine safety! Contact your Senators today!
• Contact your favorite cosmetics or personal care company and ask them to stop putting toxic ingredients in their products. Don’t think it matters? In 2014, Johnson & Johnson promised to remove toxic chemicals from it’s ingredient formulas by 2015. So don’t be shy, and tell them how you really feel!