Chemicals In Beauty Products

Last week, I came across this infographic on Facebook, created by HealthyChild.org.

Chemicals In Beauty Products

 There were a lot of comments on Facebook about it, both agreeing and disagreeing with the points made in this infographic. It got me thinking – Are these claims true and simple things like nail polish are harmful? Or is it propaganda and paranoia? 

A lot of mothers commented saying that they did many of these things while pregnant, and their children are fine. It seems that with this age where we are really inspecting the chemicals in our foods and what we use on our bodies, many things like this will come to light. And perhaps it is true, who knows…I mean, there was a time when smoking or drinking during pregnancy wasn’t considered harmful.

I knew of some of these chemicals, like parabens. I didn’t know lipstick has traces of lead. But I feel like this is one of those things where I’m not going to stop using lipstick or lipgloss. Does anyone else feel that way? Or is that being ignorant? 

I’m not sure really what the point of this post is…other than it seems every other day a new item has harmful or dangerous chemicals that is linked to disease. Now, I’m not denying the fact that some chemicals should be banned, especially if other countries aren’t using them. 

So are we being overly-cautious and paranoid? Or is this the world we live in now, where harmful chemicals are found in everything, and until we petition and protest there will be no changes?

Are you a mother? Did you do any of the above things? What things were you careful about during your pregnancy?

I’d love to hear your thoughts below! 

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  1. Ugh, good food for thought. I am a mother of two and I’m sure I used all of these products at some point during my pregnancies and “they came out fine”. While I’m not pregnant I have been making a gradual transition to more “natural” ingredients in my cosmetic, medicinal, etc products. I do it with my food, why not what I put on/in my body as well right?

    I see both sides….on one hand I honestly believe there is enough research (legit or not) to back up why you shouldn’t be using products x,y,z and I could drive myself nuts over this topic so I just do the best I can.

    On the other hand I think like you said, at one time smoking, drinking were safe during pregnancy. What will we know in 20 years that we don’t today?

    In the end I just do the best I can. If I have an option for a more naturally derived product I choose that over something more synthetic.

    I’d love to hear any recommendation of natural beauty products you have!
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    • I actually haven’t really thought about natural beauty products until this post. Now I’m kind of nervous about things like powder and foundation which I use on my face daily? Who knows. Sometimes I’m like EVERYTHING has chemicals, should I really kill myself over it. Even with food. Idk!! I wish it were easier to find all natural options when it comes to anything!

  2. I work in Beauty at a magazine and am aware that products are generally “chemical” but I also can guarantee that most brands are trying to make the shift to more natural ingredients, because of this “health” trend. The most advertised attribute is “paraben-free” on most of the products that get sent in here!
    On the other hand I am also scared of toxins… but as Patty mentioned I don’t think we should kill ourselves over it as most products don’t contain a large amount of toxins. I personally mix up my skin care between known-natural and luxury products so I think I have a mix of both. It’s a hard and very interesting topic! I really wonder what impact certain products have on our bodies…
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    • Very good point. And good to know companies are leaning more towards natural products. I think that goes for the food companies as well. Businesses are starting to realize people are smartening up about health, so they better start being more health conscious.

  3. I think this is the key: “there was a time when smoking or drinking during pregnancy wasn’t considered harmful.” I think they’re discovering the harm of chemicals now that we’ve been using them long enough. However, it can also be taken a little too far. Our bodies can filter some of it out and the emotional toll of stressing over every little thing can defeat the purpose of trying to be healthy! It’s a tough situation. I don’t have children, but I think I’d err on the side of caution while pregnant. Better safe than sorry, right?

    • I totally agree that stressing over everything thing can be…well, stressful haha. I don’t have kids either and I think I’d err on the side of caution but at the same time is it really necessary to not paint your nails? Who knows!

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