Fine okay! Currently I am wearing skin primer, undereye concealer, moisturizer, foundation, setting power, eyeliner, blush, lip stain, eyebrow powder and bronzer, and that was just to make myself appear halfway being for school nod-off. At the age of 38, I figure that my morning ablutions are more about not looking quite as apparently flu-ridden as I appeared when I first got out of bed and less about glamour.
I use a ludicrous amount of different cosmetics on daily basis, from fragrance to makeup to skin care items. This is the reason I considered it would be interesting to tackle the concerns of whether or not all these different snake oils, powders and salves are dire for me or the surroundings.
Here are some facts that I discovered:
As a result, several cosmetics are thought to hold reproductive toxins, carcinogens and various other chemicals that might pose health risks. Up to sixty percent of what we apply on our skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
Watch Out, Killer Chemicals
Here’s where I just want to bury my head in the sand that if I am applying toxic to my skin daily, am I hurting anyone except myself? Well, it’s really not like I go outside and dump reproductive toxicants. Neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters directly into the world, right?
Well, yes… but also no.
Every time when I take a bath or shower, I am washing all the poisons in the water system.
Nanoparticles used in cosmetics and sunscreens (found in popular brands like L’Oréal, Revlon, Clinique, Clarins, Max Factor, Lancôme Paris and The Body Shop) might have extremely damaging effects on microbes and a specific type of helpful soil bacteria.
It is also considered that chemicals which are normally utilized in sunscreen contain the power to activate a virus and that threatens coral. Sunscreen! THE products everyone use at the beach.
And as if, this is not bad enough, there is the little matter of the carbon footprint made by the companies of cosmetics, the industry which projected to reach two sixty-five billions by year 2017.
We’re talking emissions to the environment, packaging waste, water and energy consumption and more. So what is a beauty product junkie to do in the face of all this shocking news? There is surely no simple answer, since sifting all the way through the marketing jargon to verify a eco-status of product is really harder than you would imagine.
Disturbing Chemicals usually found in daily Products
Mercifully, a few organizations have made the procedure as ache free as possible. The Environmental Working Group has an online database of Skin Deep, where you can immediately check the protection of more than seventy-eight thousand personal care products.
The Compact for secure Cosmetics has a helpful FAQ titled “What Should I purchase?” And there is an app of iPhone named as “Think Dirty” which lets you to scan the bar code of a personal care product or any cosmetics (in the outlet, before you purchase it), and rates it on the bases of 3 categories: Allergies & Immunotoxicities, Carcinogenicity and Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity.
Well, I’m not willing to trash out my current makeup stash, but now I will definitely be checking the labels from here on out. Just like all the other environmental effort, even the little change contains the potential to add up to a huge difference.
Do you check makeup labels and avoid certain chemicals? If not, start doing so!
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