Examining the back of a facial cleanser is a bit nerve-wracking. What do all those terms mean? Even if you ask someone with knowledge on the subject, you won’t get a proper answer since many of the words of completely unpronounceable.
Who can say what these treatments are really doing to your face?
A key ingredient in many items is phthalates, the main component in plastic. This ingredient is often unnoted on the labels.
“The concerns that are focused around this particular chemical have arisen from a series of tests and studies that have been released recently that point to significant potential health concerns,” says Sujatha Jahagirdar, an environmental advocate with Environment California.
In addition to the unhealthy ingredients, many products are put onto the market without proper testing
“There are industry trade secrets and formulations that for industry reasons are kept from the consumer,” says Elizabeth Sword, executive director of the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition. “This prevents the consumer from making fully informed decisions.”