The Ugly Side of the Cosmetics Industry

Every year the cosmetics industry receives about a 50-million dollar paycheck from its consumers. With their alluring promise of beauty, the self-regulated cosmetics industry earns a vast amount of money. However, the problem is, sometimes it fails to mention that certain chemicals in their products are toxic to people. Now, this is an ugly surprise from an industry that promises nothing but beauty.

The Cosmetics Industry

In the United States, the Food and Drug Authority or FDA, serves as a champion of public health. Currently, it regulates pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, food and bottled water, and radiation-emitting electronics. But what about cosmetic products? If you think that these products are subject to FDA approval, then you are wrong. It is shocking to learn that 89% of U.S. cosmetics ingredients have not been tested publically for safety. Unfortunately, the review of cosmetic chemical safety is entrusted in the hands of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Committee, which is funded by the cosmetics industry itself. Now, there is an obvious conflict of interest here.

As much as we would like to think that no industry will want to bring harm to their consumers, this is sadly not the case. A number of studies found out about the dangerous chemicals in numerous cosmetic products. Let us get to know some of these dangerous chemicals.

Dangerous Chemicals in Numerous Cosmetic Products

  • Deodorant – A number of deodorants contain aluminum as it prevents your skin from sweating. Of course, we don’t want to have sweaty armpits as this can turn us into a stink bomb. However, the bad news is aluminum is a neurotoxin and linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Propylene glycol is another ingredient commonly found in deodorants. This chemical prevents the deodorant from drying out. However, it is the same thing as anti-freeze.The European Journal of Cancer published a study with a disturbing finding. What was it that they learned? Women with breast cancer who shaved their armpits and applied deodorant in a regular manner were diagnosed having the disease 19 years earlier than women who did neither. The same study also revealed that sales of U.S. antiperspirant/deodorants spiked up to about 14,000% between 1945 and 2000 and during also this time frame, breast cancer rates tripled.
  • Lipstick – Many women love wearing lipstick and the shade that never goes out of style is red. But did you know that 1 in 3 brands of red lipstick tested by the FDA contain a high amount of lead – more than the FDA’s acceptable upper limit for candy? Lead is what gives the natural hues of red dyes in lipsticks. But the bad news is, lead is toxic and long term exposure to lead is even linked to DNA damage.
  • Sunscreen – One of the most important skin care reminders that we always tell our readers is to put on sunscreen everyday to protect the skin from getting damaged and to lower risk for skin cancer. However some sunscreens actually contain dangerous chemicals such as oxybenzone. Oxybenzone protects your skin from dangerous UV rays however its linked to hormone disruption and cellular damage which can also cause cancer.

These are just some of the dangerous chemicals in cosmetic products. See to it that you learn more about the other dangerous chemicals in the beauty products you are using and avoid getting any product with any of these dangerous chemicals.

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