Here’s the dangerous cosmetics must see video

Yesterday we promised to bring you the new video from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Today we bring that video to you, it’s an absolute must see video.

It tells you all of the things we’ve been saying on this website, but it tells you much more graphically.

And of course it’s not just cosmetics but it’s your anti aging skin care products, beauty products, soaps and shampoos and deodorants and much more that are affected.

And if this has scared the pants off you, and you want to find SAFE and EFFECTIVE natural anti aging products from a company that has signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics pledge then you can find out about those products here.

Scary stuff isn’t it?

Lets hope our government gets off it’s hands and does something.



Are there any safe, and effective, skin care products?

We have often been asked by our readers which products we recommend as being the best safe and effective skin care products available. In our view the natural skin care products from Xtend Life, a small New Zealand company, are the safest and best skin care products on the market, and this is where we explain why.

If you’ve read our website you’ll realise that there are risks to your health inherent in the use of many mainstream personal products. This isn’t just our view, it is the view of many experts. If you’ve not watched the video from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics then we suggest you watch it now, you can access it here.

There is a growing realisation amongst consumers and experts that we should not take the safety of our personal products for granted. There is also a realisation that in many cases our health and safety will not be protected by government or arms of government such as the FDA.

In particular it is clear that our government will not take steps to regulate this industry to require companies to use only recognised safe ingredients, and that in the absence of such regulation the major manufacturers of these products are not concerned for our health, but just for their profits.

Whilst for some this may be a shock for many it’s not. Clearly many major corporations are more concerned with making profit than they are with your health. The finest example of this is the cigarette companies, who manufacture a product that they know will kill you in most cases, however they continue to manufacture the product, despite this knowledge, as it is not illegal to do so, and they make huge profits doing so.
Skin care products
However it is unfair to paint all companies with the same brush. There are many fine examples of high quality corporate citizens who put the interests of their customers in front of or alongside their own interests. In our view the fine New Zealand company called Xtend Life is one such company.

How did we form this view? We formed this view over time from a number of different sources. One of these is from the Xtend Life website itself, and in particular from a reading of the page describing the company’s skin care philosophy. We encourage you to read that page.

One of the statements making the biggest impact and describing the company’s commitment to the quality of its products is this one: “We instructed our research and development team to find the most effective ingredients, whatever the cost.” Because it is expensive to produce a quality product, and many of the big name players take shortcuts with the quality or quantity of ingredients to cut down the cost.

However merely producing a quality product, in other words a product that works well, is not adequate in our view. Given the history of the industry in producing products which may be harmful, it is equally important that along with product quality goes product safety. In the personal products industry product safety is absolutely crucial, as you may have gathered from reading our site.

However it is equally clear from reading the same page that Xtend Life has as much of a commitment to product safety as to product quality. Just take this statement as an example: “Every time you apply a product to your skin, some of the active ingredients ultimately make their way into your blood stream. So you are effectively eating them. That’s why we insist every ingredient in our products is pure enough that you could safely eat it!”

Nothing could say it better.

However making statements such as these on a webpage is one thing, actually living up to them is another. You can tell your customers the products are safe and effective, but are they really?

The second reason we have found the company’s commitment to product quality and safety to be real is their commitment to providing the customer with a 100 percent no questions asked 12 month money back guarantee. We know that customers have, in the past, claimed on the guarantee, for a wide range of reasons including that they have just changed their minds from the purchase. And we also know that in all cases the company has honoured its guarantee and refunded the customer’s money.

That is putting your money where your mouth is. Just have a look at the website of any one of the major players in the cosmetics or skin care industry. You know the ones, you see their ads on TV all the time. Search carefully through the website to find a 100 percent no questions asked money back guarantee. We think you’ll find it difficult to track one down. Try asking one of these companies, 6 months after buying the product, if you can send it back for a full refund, opened and used. Good luck, and be prepared to be laughed at.

Xtend Life know that their products work, and are happy to offer the refund so that customers can try the products themselves without any risk.Natural Skin care products

The third reason that we recommend the natural skin care products from Xtend Life is that we have had personal dealings with many members of the company itself as well as the chairman Warren Matthews. We have found him to be a man of character and true to his word. We have formed the view that what he says, he does. In our view he really does have a personal commitment to producing the highest quality products that are comprised only of known safe and effective ingredients. We use the products ourselves.

At the end of the day however the only way that you can actually prove this to yourself is to try the products. That’s where the 100 percent money back guarantee comes in. Whilst you may be a little sceptical about many of the claims made for many of the big brand-name skin care products, you can safely try the natural skin care products of Xtend Life knowing that they really do back up their products with a full guarantee. And we can tell you that the guarantee is real, and not commonly claimed.

However there is one other problem in the industry. Because of the proliferation of advertising offering unrealistic results there is an expectation amongst some women that many skin care products are almost as good as cosmetic surgery. Whilst this is not intended in any way to plug the benefits of cosmetic surgery, (we would never even consider it) there is no doubt that cosmetic surgery can produce a very quick result. (But over the long term, that is an entirely different matter).

If you believe the advertising for many skin care products then you’ll believe that you’ll get a quick and stunning result from using them. However the reality is a little different, and therefore customers should understand that getting a good result from the highest quality skin care products takes time, and certainly won’t make you look 40 years younger.

It’s unrealistic for a 60 year old woman to try and look like a 20-year-old, regardless of what the advertising says. You should understand that a good result from your skin care products is an improvement in your skin health and looks, but it is not turning you back into a 20-year-old.

So we urge you, whatever skin care products you choose, to have realistic expectations and be prepared to spend some time using the products before expecting a visible result.

That’s why we always recommend the natural skin care products from Xtend Life. We believe there are no better, or safer, on the market.



Yes cosmetics and skin care products can go bad

It may not come as a surprise to you that some, in fact many, cosmetics and personal products contain chemical ingredients which may well be risky to your health.

More and more this matter is becoming public knowledge, with organisations and authors attempting to publicise the fact that many of the personal products that so many of us use every single day may well be damaging to our health.

In fact just recently a new book called “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” has also put some momentum behind this movement.

However the issue of dangerous chemicals being used in our skin care products and cosmetics and more is not a new one. The FDA is not required to test new products for the safety of their ingredients, it is up to the companies that manufacture these products to determine what goes in them.

Not all of it is good. For example tests have recently shown that more than 50 percent of lipsticks tested contained lead, despite the fact that this was not revealed on the label.

However there is a different issue to consider, on top of the risks to your health from chemical ingredients in personal products.
Moldy Cosmetics
This issue relates to the fact that it is perfectly possible for personal products like cosmetics and skin care products to go off, in other words to become contaminated with nasty things like bacteria or mold.

Of course I’m sure you know all about the problems with using things that have gone off. They aren’t good for you, particularly when there has been microbiological contamination.

In fact the FDA has recently been considering putting out guidelines to help people understand more about issues related to microbiological contamination of personal products like cosmetics, and in November 2011 held a public meeting to learn more about this problem.

The bottom line is that it is not safe to assume that personal products will last forever. Many of them, despite the fact that they contain preservatives, can and will go off, either because the preservatives have not been sufficiently effective, or they have been contaminated in some other way, often by the user.

(Of course it’s another issue about whether or not the preservatives are a health risk, one of the most common preservatives is a class of chemicals called parabens, and these also pose risks to your health, but that’s another matter.)

So observe some simple precautions when you’re using your personal products. Try and avoid cross contamination for instance by ensuring that you and only you use those products. If example you have a daughter in a household who also uses the products it’s better to purchase her own.

Keep all implements such as applicators clean, wash them regularly. And be aware that these products can become contaminated, so don’t just open up the bottle and use them without careful inspection.

And it’s important as well to make sure that you are particularly careful with any product which goes on or around your eyes, your eyes are particularly susceptible.

To avoid the risks of chemical contamination purchase safe cosmetics and safe and effective skin care products with no nasty chemical ingredients. It’s perfectly possible to source products such as these, but they are not generally available from the big name stores and are not the big name brands.

And be aware of the problem. Awareness, of it’s own, may well help protect you from some of the risks.



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