Makeup – The Price of Beauty
If is was to tell you on average, that you or someone you know will spend about $2,000 on a product each year on a product that is actually bad for you and those around you, what product first comes to mind? Cigarettes, Alcohol, Drugs? Those products are indeed harmful and yes some of us buy them but I am talking about cosmetic makeup. This is a $7 Billion dollar industry and it has been around since the beginning. Media and society help promote the image of what beauty actually is and to most it’s your appearance. The better you look, the more you will be accepted by society and the more your wages will increase.
What would you be willing to accept for the price of beauty? Would you agree for cosmetic companies to use bird sh*t to detoxify your pours? Baby foreskin for wrinkle reduction? Or would you just turn away and say do whatever it takes to make me beautiful? In this article I will be flooding you with information on what these companies are using today to make you look beautiful and the harmful effects they have on yourself and the ones around you.
First off, have you ever noticed that they never post a label on beauty products to let the consumer know what they are applying on themselves? In the United States, cosmetic companies are not required to register information on cosmetics ingredients to the FDA. Cosmetics are not subject to testing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). One reason is that some of the ingredients in cosmetics are trade secrets so we may never get to know about them.
Several ingredients found in U.S. cosmetics contain phthalates as well as many other harmful ingredients but we as consumers continue to demand these products. Let’s start with these Phthalates, they are found in hair sprays, perfumes and nail polishes. These substances not just help you look good, but act as hormone disruptors leading to premature breast development in young girls and interference with reproductive development in male fetuses. It is also know to damage the liver and kidneys.
Next would be Parabens, which are found in some deodorants, moisturizers and toothpaste. This ingredient has been linked to breast and testicular cancer and a reduction in sperm count. Xylene, which is found in lacquers and nail polish, irritates the skin and respiratory tract. It is also linked to liver damage as well. Formaldehype is used as a disinfectant, germicide, defoamer, preservative in deodorants, shampoos and some hand wash. This has been found to cause lung cancer, upper respiratory and mucous membrane irritation and is know to also damage DNA. Alkylphenol ethoxylates used in shampoos, hair colors and shaving gels have shown could cause damage to the central nervous system. Lastly, Alpha hydroxyl acids is used as skin smoothers, strips away some of the outer layers of the skin which help the body to protect itself against the sun.