PFAs the forever chemicals we can live without

PFAs the forever chemicals we can live without

April 05, 2023

The harmful nature of PFAs is again gaining media attention . At Aleph Beauty, we take a proactive stance when it comes to the health and well-being of our customers and the environment.  That's why we are deeply concerned about the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAs, in cosmetics and other consumer products.

What you need to know about PFAs

PFAs are a group of man-made chemicals that are characterized by their unique carbon-fluorine bonds. While their resistance to heat, water, and other environmental stressors makes them an attractive ingredient for use in cosmetics, the risks associated with PFAs far outweigh any potential benefits.

One of the primary reasons that PFAs are used in cosmetics is their ability to resist water and oil. This property makes them ideal for use in waterproof and long-lasting makeup, as well as in other products that are designed to withstand exposure to moisture or oils. However, given the significant risks associated with PFAs, do we really need our makeup to last for 24 hours?

Why should we be concerned about PFAs?

Strongly persistent, PFAs don’t break down easily in the environment or in the body. Highly mobile, they contaminate soil, water, and any products derived from them, and they can have long-lasting and far-reaching effects on ecosystems and wildlife. Exposure to PFAS is linked to cancer, liver disease, hormonal disruptions, reproductive and developmental issues, and immediate exposure when applied to the skin on highly absorbent areas such as lips and the eye area.

Are PFAs really needed in cosmetics?

As a responsible brand, we believe it's essential to take steps to minimize our exposure to these chemicals wherever possible. This may involve choosing cosmetic products that do not contain PFAs, as well as using alternatives to non-stick cookware and other products that may contain these chemicals. Additionally, we support efforts to regulate and phase out the use of PFAs in consumer products, and we encourage manufacturers to develop safer alternatives that do not pose the same risks to human health and the environment.

At Aleph Beauty, we are committed to providing high-quality, safe products that support the well-being of our customers and the planet. That's why we thoroughly assess every ingredient before use, and we favour ingredients with eco-certifications such as Cosmos and Ecocert. When eco-certifications are not applicable, we choose 100% natural ingredients. We believe in complete transparency of ingredients, so our customers can be sure that what they are putting on their body does no harm and is good for them too.

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As consumers, we all have a responsibility to be aware of the risks associated with PFAs, and to take steps to minimize our exposure to these chemicals wherever possible. Together, we can create a safer, healthier world for ourselves and for future generations.

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