Target: Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald
Goal: Remove harmful chemicals from skin care products
Research has shown that popular skin care products contain extremely harmful substances. These substances do not just sit on our skin, as we might think. Our body absorbs 60 percent of what we put on our skin. The substances being absorbed end up in our blood stream. Most people assume that all skin care products on the market must be harmless, but that isn’t the case. Many cosmetics include carcinogenic—cancer-causing—substances that end up in our blood. These substances, which would never be allowed into our food or drink by the FDA, are ending up in our bodies nonetheless.
A few common harmful ingredients in skin care products include parabens, xeno-estrogens, and phthalates. Parabens are used to preserve skin care products by preventing bacterial growth, and have been used for such a purpose since the 1950s. Parabens are considered xeno-estrogens, mimicking estrogen in the body. Xeno-estrogens have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive problems in patients who have been exposed. Phthalates are a dangerous group of chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. They can cause problems in the development of male reproductive organs and have been linked to behavioral problems such as impaired social skills, anger, depression, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
If you look carefully at the laundry list of chemical ingredients included in your favorite skin care products, including leading skin care producer Olay, you will find several if not all of the aforementioned ingredients. Often the label will say “fragrance” or “perfume,” most often indicating the presence of phthalates. Demand that Olay, and other skin care producers, remove such disease-causing chemicals from their products. In the meantime, try making your own skin care products at home, using oils, beeswax, and other safe ingredients, to protect your health and the health of your loved ones.
Dear Mr. McDonald,
Your skin care products contain chemicals that could potentially cause your customers to develop cancer, reproductive problems, and behavioral problems. The chemicals found in these products are absorbed directly into the blood stream, causing lasting harmful effects for those who use your skin care products. Please provide a positive example for all other skin care producers by committing to removing such chemicals from your products, ensuring the safety of your consumers.
The chemicals in question are parabens, xeno-estrogens, and phthalates. Parabens and xeno-estrogens, preservatives used in skin care products, have been linked to cancer and reproductive problems. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system, often causing reproductive problems, and behavioral problems such as anger, depression, impaired social skills, and ADHD. Phthalates are often deceptively masked as “fragrance” or “perfume” in the ingredients list of your products.
Remove these dangerous chemicals from your products to ensure the health and safety of your consumers.
[Your Name Here]
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