When thinking of products that are safe for the family most often we immediately think of babies and toddlers, but we often forget that our tweens/teens have needs and are at risk from not only ingredients in products that are made for younger audiences but those they experiment with that are made for adult ones too. Below is a prime example of a perfectly beautiful face made up (obviously for a photo shoot), but nowadays not far from what teens are starting to look like every day. Alarming to say the least.
Here are some tips for teens and tweens from The Environmental Working Group (EWG):
Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye makeup, body wash and lotions. And then some! Knowing which ones are healthy — and which ones aren’t — is important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption. (Then we wonder why our girls are reaching puberty sometimes at the tender age of 8-9).
To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.
Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, always checking the ingredients for toxins (a good lifelong habit!), and following EWG guidelines to select safer products:
Acne products Avoid:
Perfume, cologne, and body spray Avoid:
- Diethyl phthalate
- “Fragrance” (listed as an ingredients
- Loose powders
- Vitamin A (listed as: retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate) in skin and lip products
Safer make-up using Skin Deep. Sun protection Be sun smart! Sunburns in children and teens increase your risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer–melanoma. Avoid tanning beds. Tanning booths expose the skin to 15 times more UV sun. The use of tanning beds before age 30 can cause a 75 percent increase in melanoma.
Unsure of what you are bringing into your home and how it compares to some safer alternatives? Download the SkinDeep App to your iPhone or Android and scan or type products you currently use and see how they rate and then click on the link that says look for safer alternatives.
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All these resources are free of charge and are available to your benefit. I know that there is at least, one of these things your tween or the tween of someone you know who is struggling with one of these issues.
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