Americans use an astonishing number of different personal care products–from sunscreen to wrinkle cream–with potentially unsafe ingredients. Because the FDA has so little oversight of skin care, consumers have to be aware about what they’re putting where.
Why? Here are some numbers to keep in mind:
10: The average number of different cosmetics or personal care products humans slather, spray or rub on every day. (via Discovery.com)
126: The average number of ingredients applied to the skin each day. (via Environmental Working Group)
22 percent: The percentage of personal care products on the market that contain at least one chemical linked to cancer. (via Environmental Working Group)
60 percent: The portion of those creams, lotions and makeup that our skin absorbs. (via Discovery.com)
That means that unless you’re hyper-vigilant about everything you put on your skin, there’s a pretty good chance that one of your skin care products contains a carcinogenic ingredient. (Click here to learn more from the Environmental Working Group about ingredients to avoid.)
That’s in part due to the fact that the onus for testing product safety falls on the cosmetic companies themselves. According to the FDA, “Cosmetic firms are responsible for substantiating the safety of their products and ingredients before marketing.” They go on to say that “a manufacturer may use any ingredient in the formulation of a cosmetic provided that the ingredient and the finished cosmetic are safe, the product is properly labeled, and the use of the ingredient does not otherwise cause the cosmetic to be adulterated or misbranded under the laws that FDA enforces.” (via FDA)
Fortunately, Pharmaca has taken the guesswork out of choosing the most natural products that are also the most effective. Our quality standards ensure we carry a wide selection of personal care products made without harmful ingredients. “We always try to stay away from ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, ammonia, formaldehyde and toluene,” says Tiana Ukleja, manager of Pharmaca’s skin care and cosmetics category.
“So many of the cosmetics and skin care companies we work with are actively formulating their products without harmful ingredients, and even working toward natural certifications—like EcoCert, Natrue and the USDA Organic seal—for their products,” says Tiana. “They’re on top of the research and know that Pharmaca customers are too.”
That’s why so many of the products Pharmaca offers are made with top-quality ingredients that aren’t just good for your skin, they actually work. From organic essential oils to biodynamically farmed herbs, from fruit-derived antioxidants to nutrients from the sea, these ingredients are carefully selected for their ability to nurture and heal the skin, naturally.
And Pharmaca’s on-staff estheticians are the icing on the cake. “We know that customers don’t always have time to read every label to make sure they’re getting the most natural, most effective ingredients,” says Tiana. “That’s why our estheticians are there—to offer that much-needed guidance.”