Nanoparticles are miniscule particles, measured in billionths of a meter, that have introduced a new generation of potentially risky and broadly used ingredients into personal care products. Where are they hiding? Why should we avoid them and how?
“Fragrance” is at the top of my “no-no” list. In the U.S., manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of synthetic chemicals in the one word–“fragrance”–without revealing what those ingredients are. It’s referred to as a “trade secret” in the industry. Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates). Read your labels and avoid this ingredient listing.
Ava was recently asked to be a guest blogger for Prevention Magazine by Editor Maria Rodale. In this blog, Ava shared information about hormone disruptors. As Ava writes, a recent report from the Environmental Working Group states, “There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies—increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another, interfering with hormone signaling, telling cells to die prematurely, competing with essential nutrients, binding to essential hormones, and accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”
Continue reading ““Hormone Disruptors”: Not Just for Menopausal Mommas”
I always say that it is all about the ingredients, and I recommend using products without harmful ingredients in order to reduce your daily, weekly, yearly, and lifetime body burden of chemicals with known and suspected disease implications. Since up to 60 percent of what you put on your skin reaches your bloodstream, it makes sense to use cosmetics that DO NOT add to your body burden of toxic chemicals. Continue reading “Ava in Huffington Post”
It’s time to clean up the beauty industry and that’s what Ava has set out to do. Lack of regulations and slick marketing campaigns leave consumers unaware of the issues. Read about the five most upsetting facts about the U.S. cosmetics industry.