Take a couple of minutes to watch the ABC Video (link below) capturing a simple experiment performed to test for the impact of parabens (preservatives in cosmetic) and phthalates (used to make fragrances stick to skin).
Toxic ingredients found in cosmetics go through the skin, our largest organ, into the bloodstream thus impacting our health. Of course, not all chemicals are bad; however, those that are toxic can be very potent even in tiny doses. Here is an interesting example and some food for thought: In NuvaRing, there are 0.035 PPB (parts per billion) and that prevents contraception. Yes, that is per Billion.
Beautycounter, a company on a mission to spread awareness on the issue of chemicals in personal care and cosmetics, bans both parabens and phthalates as ingredients on their Never List, which represents 1500 potentially harmful ingredients never included in Beautycounter cosmetics. Beautycounter also actively lobbies for increased regulation of thc cosmetic industry.
Curious what ingredients are lurking in your products? The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Check out their Healthy Living App to browse ratings of more than 120,000 food and personal care products.