flickr: karen_d

flickr: karen_d

It’s an astonishing fact: Europe has banned 1,100 chemicals for beauty care products that the U.S. has not, including coal tar in shampoo, lead in lipstick and petroleum distillates in mascara.

So if you’re a beauty buff, it’s buyer beware. Here’s some top tips for getting smart when it comes looking pretty.

1. Keep It Simple
Look for minimalism when it comes to cosmetic label-reading. Low numbers of ingredients you can’t pronounce increases the chance that the product is better for you. Avoid products with parabens, fragrance, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, PEGs, triethanolamine and DEA.

2. Good Enough to Eat
Look for products that contain ingredients that you can eat. Truly organic products can include a mix of organically grown herbs, fruits and vegetables.

3. Signed Up?
Cross check whether your choice in cosmetic brands has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics (www.safecosmetics.org). This pledge includes companies who don’t use chemicals banned in Europe. Of the 1,000+ companies on the list, it’s worth noting that major brands including L’Oreal, Proctor and Gamble, Avon, Estee Lauder, Revlon and Unilever are NOT board.

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Via: Vail Daily

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