For many women, makeup and other beauty supplies are a part of their everyday routine. Some even feel “naked” without them. While a beauty regimen can be a fun and self-esteem building process, women who use cosmetic items everyday need to know about the risk these items can potentially have. It is hard not to shop for a product based on price unless the shopper has a plentiful expendable income. When you walk down the isles of your local pharmacy, grocery store or even high end department stores, there are so many possibilities when it comes to beauty that deciphering what products are safer for you is very difficult. But it is essential that you read labels and ingredients very carefully so you know what you are exposing yourself to.
Many beauty supplies contain questionable ingredients, some of which are even carcinogenic. This is especially frightening in lieu of the fact that up to 70% of what we apply topically is absorbed into the body. So, while the base you use everyday is only placed on your face, if it has harmful chemicals in it, those chemicals can wind up directly in your bloodstream! Another danger issue with cosmetics is that they are not controlled well. In fact, of the 10,000 chemicals in beauty products, 89% have not undergone safety testing. The following chemicals which are common ingredients in beauty supplies are classified by the EPA as carcinogens or reproductive toxins.
o Ethylene oxide
Other products contain things you would never even dream of slathering on your face, such as:
o Mineral oil
o Petroleum jelly
o Crude oil derivatives
These ingredients are used to lock in moisture, but they also lock in toxins and do not allow the skin to receive adequate oxygen. Inadequate oxygen to the skin can lead to premature aging, which is the exact thing products containing these ingredients are meant to prevent.
Other chemicals found in nail polish, perfume and hair spray contain an estrogen mimicking compound which can result in low sperm counts, thyroid malfunction and breast cancer.
How You Can Avoid Harmful Products
As hard as it might be to examine the ingredients on each product you consider buying, it is a vital in order to avoid harmful chemicals. Opt for brands that are truly organic. But don’t trust the packaging. Check everything for yourself.