Your Beauty Products Are Natural, But Are They Safe?

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Just because the ingredients are natural, doesn’t mean it’s good for you

Society is becoming more health-conscious these days. Organic this, free-range that. Antibiotic-free and fair-trade certified. Even cosmetics are boasting all-natural labels on everything from lipstick to eyeliner. All of these labels are commonplace and for the most part, consumers should strive for high-quality foods and products. But is “all-natural” really what you think it is?

Cosmetics are the latest products being called “natural.” And you are probably thinking to yourself, “Why wouldn’t I want to use all-natural makeup? It’s free of chemicals, and is only made up of things naturally found in nature.” But who really decides if something is natural and what are the guidelines for someone to call a product “natural”?

In a recent article, Business Insider reported that the Food and Drug Administration (think the people in charge of regulating and supporting public health) does not regulate personal care products. That means anyone can call their products “natural.” The truth is, an FDA study has shown that many of these natural beauty products can contain carcinogenic chemicals that can be more damaging than their unnatural counterparts.

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