If you spend much time on this website, you probably already know that conventional personal care products are filled with nasty chemicals. That’s because the cosmetics industry—the one that makes everything from your shampoo to your bar of soap—is a largely unregulated body that can use whatever ingredients it sees fit, as long as they’re listed on the bottle. (Well, sort of. Some ingredients, like the ones found in fragrance concoctions are not even required to be listed thanks to a sneaky trade-secret loophole that serves mostly to keep consumers in the dark.)
The last time I checked, only 11 ingredients were banned or restricted by the FDA, versus the 1,328 that are verboten in Europe. If you haven’t heard that stat before, take a second to let it sink it. What do profit-driven businesses do when nobody is really keeping tabs on them? Have you seen Wolf Of Wall Street?
Generally, big conventional brands use the cheapest ingredients they can get away with—like those aforementioned synthetic fragrances and cheap chemical fillers—and then market their products like they’re God’s gift to skincare. They're usually anything but. In fact, most of the ingredients used in conventional products do nothing for skin, and some could actually be harming your health.
That’s because a whopping 60% of what we put on our skin makes its way into our bodies, without even having to pass through the body’s filtering system before heading for your blood or in some cases lodging in your fat. Gross, yeah? But that’s not the only reason not to wash your face so darn much. Here are some other reasons.
1. The chemicals in face wash are especially crappy.
What’s in a typical face wash?