Many of us are diligent about avoiding toxic household products, but perhaps do not realize that products we use on our skin have the potential of being absorbed into our body and may affect our health. Last month USA Today reported on a University of California, Berkeley study that tested thirty-two commonly sold lipsticks and found that they contained lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other metals.Cadmium is a known carcinogen.
But impurities in lipsticks are not our only concern. Medical Daily reports on research showing that chemicals in some cosmetics and plastic may be causing early menopause. Early menopause increases risk factors for cardiovascular disease and bone loss. Some of the chemicals in question are phthalates.
In a previous newsletter we made reference to a study showing that phthalates found in baby care products can be absorbed through a baby's skin and detected in their urine. It is suggested that phthalates affect the development of the reproductive system.
An explanation about phthalates, their health risks, and some of the places they hide can be found on the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families website.
Melaleuca carefully formulates cosmetics with colorants and ingredients that are pre-screened for such impurities as lead and other metals. In addition, all Melaleuca's products are phthalate-free and BPA-free. Sei Bella skin care and cosmetics come in a full range of colors and products for all skin types. They contain natural antioxidants and soothing vitamins. Using Sei Bella products can help us avoid potentially toxic chemicals.
~ Richard M Barry
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Safer Cosmetics Success Stories
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
My Mom, sisters and I have had numerous comments about our faces and health. People think we are younger than we are. Weíve used and loved Melaleuca products for over 15 years.. The Timeless is one of our favorites! (Even Dad uses it) My Mom is crazy over the new skin product that reverses time! Hee! I also believe it is the vitamins that nourish our skin from the inside out. My baby sister is very allergic to perfume, but the Melaleuca flavors don't bother her when Mom walks in the room covered with it.
Wow - cosmetics and skin care - I have a story. I used Avon skin care products and cosmetics for years. Then about 3 years ago I started having terrible night sweats. I called a friend who is a nurse. She told me I was of the age where I could start to have menopause symptoms and suggested I have some blood tests done. So I did. Everything came back in the normal range. Well something was not normal. Waking up completely drenched was not normal. My doctor took me off birth control and said to come back in 3 months for more blood tests. So I did, same results. Everything was in the normal range. I should not be having night sweats like I was. I happen to run into a friend who I had not seen in a while. She told me she had been ill and part of the problem was her skin care products. I decided to give the Melaleuca Skin care and cosmetics a try. It was amazing. The first month the night sweats were not as bad. By the second month I was not having them at all! That says a lot about what our skin absorbs and what side effects it can cause. Now I will not use anything else but Melaleuca products!
I would like to thank you so very much for all you do and all the wonderful publications!! I would also love to submit my cosmetics & skincare testimony. I never had acne as a teenager, only when I entered my 30's. I denied it for years, but finally accepted the diagnosis, as it was only getting worse. I had tried many grocery store brand products, never wanting to spend a lot of money on something that wasn't a true necessity. About six months ago I tried the Zap It! acne care line from Melaleuca and my acne problems disappeared!! Now, the Clarity line has replaced the Zap It! line, and it is even better!! I am so amazed and thankful!! Also, my cousin told me her twenty year old daughter has severe acne and this is the only product she has ever used that has cleared it up. To top it off, it is so very affordable that just about anyone can benefit from it! Additionally, I have switched all of my makeup to Sei Bella and love it all! People tell me all the time now that my face looks great, and I look so young (I'm only 38 though!). I learned recently that our Sei Bella makeup is actually "skincare with color." Now I understand. The eye shadow and all the other makeup products have anti-aging ingredients in them, so when I wear them, my skin is being helped at the same time!! How awesome!! I am so grateful!
I have been a customer for 3-1/2 years and I admit that the Sei Bella line was the last line I tried as I have very sensitive skin and was hesitant to try anything new. I can say that I wish I had not waited so long. I love the mineral foundation, the Skin Essentials and now my favorite is both the Skin Revitalizing Serum (which has gotten rid of all of my dark spots), and the new Luxury Lotion. This is an incredible product. Knowing that our skin care line and cosmetics are safer should give everybody peace of mind. Plus, they are high quality and so affordable. I adore Melaleuca.
I absolutely love the Sei Bella Mascara Primer. I have the type of lashes that are hardly noticeable. When I saw that Sei Bella came out with the Primer, I ordered it right away to try it and fell in love with it the first time I used it. And I will never be without it because now people actually notice I have eyelashes. Thanks, Sei Bella!
My favorite cosmetic is the Sei Bella Volumizing Mascara. My lashes have never been longer or fuller! And the best part is there is no "itchiness." I'm amazed every time I apply it. I also like the Night Firming Treatment. My skin feels wonderful in the morning. I'm not into science, or the "why" and "how" products work, but I know that Melaleuca is. Thank you, Melaleuca, for doing all the work for me. I'm confident that I'm using the best products on the market.
~ Annie Jo
I love Sei Bella Tinted Moisturizer. With 20 SPF and a hint of color it makes skin look natural with just a hint of cover. When I want more coverage I add a dusting of Mineral Foundation. I also love the eyebrow pencil and eye shadows.