Better Beauty: Why Your Makeup May Be Messing with Your Diet

  • Topic Info:Your skin is your largest organ. So, just as important as it is to consider what you put in your body (food, beverages, supplements), you also want to be conscious of what you're putting on your body, including make-up and skin care products.

    That can be difficult, especially considering that the U.S. government hasn't passed any cosmetic regulatory laws since 1938. Add to that the fact that the U.S. only bans 11 chemicals contained in skin care and cosmetic products, while the European Union (EU) bans over 1,300. 

    Many of the chemicals contained in these products are considered "endocrine disruptors," which wreak havoc on the way your hormones work. 

    Other ingredients may contain certain elements that are typically fine if you consume them in moderation, but can become problematic if you consume too much. For instance, many products contain a form of vitamin A (retinol). But, if you're already getting a sufficient amount of vitamin A via diet and supplements, adding a beauty product to the mix can put you over the acceptable daily mark.

    Listen in as Ashley Koff, RD, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share how your beauty products may be messing with your diet and nutrition, as well as specific examples of products you can use to avoid the risk.
  • Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH