#RethinkThePink: Top 5 Beauty Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Rethink The Pink Beauty Tips

Beauty can be expensive, but should it cost you your health?

Unfortunately, many of the beauty products we slather on our faces, swab on our eyes and paint on our lips contain toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer. Some of the companies that sell these products even have the audacity to slap a pink ribbon on their product and claim that it supports breast cancer awareness! Thankfully, safer alternatives are available and there are steps you can take to reduce toxic exposures in your home and protect the health of your family.

Here are our top five beauty tips to Rethink the Pink this Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  1. Simplify
    Choose products with simpler ingredient lists and fewer synthetic chemicals. Avoid synthetic fragrance by skipping products with “fragrance” on the label, and use fewer products overall.
  2. DIY
    Some personal care products are easy to make yourself, and this can be a great project for a party. Make your own sugar or salt scrubs or body oils, using simple, organic ingredients.
  3. Research Products Yourself
    Since the beauty industry is largely unregulated, it’s up to you to do your own research to find the safest products. There are no legal standards for personal care products labeled as “pure,” “natural” or “organic,” so look beyond the marketing claims and read labels carefully.
    To find out whether your go-to products are safe or not, try Think Dirty’s shop clean app. This easy-to-use resource ranks the safety of specific products on a scale of 1-10 and offers up cleaner solutions.
  4. Read labels: Avoid these chemicals linked to breast cancer, which are found on product labels:
  1. Get Involved
    While it’s possible – and becoming easier – to reduce toxic exposures in your home by buying safer products, it’s not possible to shop our way out of this problem. Even if they’re not in your home, toxic chemicals from personal care products can still end up in our air and drinking water, and in the homes of people who don’t have access to safe products.

The solution: help us change the rules of the game! It shouldn’t be legal to sell cosmetics that contain dangerous ingredients. We’re working to pass new laws that protect our health and give consumers better information to make smart choices.

Stay informed, speak up and spread the word—www.safecosmetics.org

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15 thoughts on “#RethinkThePink: Top 5 Beauty Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  1. I am so happy that you have this organization to reach many people. I am a consultant for Ava Anderson Non Toxic Products. You can find all the safe alternatives here but there are others. My point in my comments is to tell people to please research their products for their personal care and household extensively. Don’t rely on those words: natural, organic, safe, etc to have you believing what the marketing is trying to say. Investigate. Ask questions, So many endocrine disruptors and chemicals that are mimicking estrogen etc. We need to take control and be our own advocate. I had to which led me to this company as I had a horrible skin problem and I was able to heal it once I removed these awful toxins and chemicals. Wasn’t easy and it took time. Learn and share your information. That’s why Ava Anderson is so important. That’s her message. Share and let’s change chemical policy.

  2. I too have MCS. It is a struggle in the workplace. I have to be there but have no control over my health because of fragrances in the bathroom and on co workers. Chemical fragrances are the new second hand smoke. They are different than our grandparents fragrances. My hope is for more fragrance free workplaces soon.

    Thank you for stepping up. We can all speak up and make a difference. Write to your paper or local news station. Write to companies and ask for safe and fragrance free products.

  3. I joined Beautycounter! To take help eceryone take the guess work out of what’s in our products! Check them out amazing high preforming safe products! Tested for safety. We omit over 1400 toxic chemicals from our line. This company is on mission and I’m so proud to be a part of it!
    Tara Westcott!

  4. Thank you for the great feedback! We do work with Whole Foods for some of our signature events, but will definitely take your feedback into consideration.

  5. If I had absolute control over product ingediants the thing I would ban is fragrance / scent / aroma / smelly styff added to any products except actual perfume or cologne. Sometimes I feel like I live my life in a miasma of airbourne toxins.
    I greatly appreciate your efforts.

  6. This is so hard to do. Is there a list where I can look up cosmetics and shampoo that I have now?

  7. So this is all good information but I don’t quite understand that these ingredients are present in almost everything we touch and if they are so harmful why is this being told today and how are we supposed to keep all this information in our heads that are already overloaded with all sorts of info!!! Also no alternative is given or suggested!!!

  8. I now buy most of my beauty products at “Whole Foods” Stores here in Boston, Massachusetts. Has “Safe Cosmetics” ever considered reaching out to this popular business in order to ask if they would post your information for the benefit of their customers. The “Whole Foods” company here in the Boston area advertise themselves to be the best place to buy organic food and safe beauty products. While I have found their staff to be very supportive of the idea of safe beauty products, they are largely uninformed of all the specifics. As a nurse, this concerns me because women ask their staff for advice all the time. My own experience with their well intentioned management is that they have never even heard of “The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act.” Your information is excellent and has been reliably researched. I am sure that the “Whole Foods”chain does not want to be in the position of giving out medical advice. That would be out of their purview. But they might be open to posting your web site in their monthly flyer so that customers can do their own research. I am betting that they are smarter and less corrupt then other businesses. They have a real win-win opportunity before them in supporting “Safe Cosmetics.” Would your staff ever consider officially approaching this business?

  9. As I have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), I use very few personal care products. I do use shampoo and conditioner, however. The more information we can get the better! Thank you for helping us to make safer choices. Mary Delahunt

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