Have you ever really thought about what’s in the products you’re using? Did you know that the last time the FDA put any regulations on cosmetics was June 25, 1938? Since then, they’ve only banned eleven cosmetic ingredients for safety reasons. In the 1950’s, Congress tried to modernize the cosmetics law, but they were, unfortunately, defeated by the cosmetic industry.
Beauty product safety is just as important as anything else, and should be taken very seriously! If beauty products are not regulated and studied, then how do we know the effect they truly have on us?
Ingredients And Your Health
Your health can be negatively affected by the ingredients that you are using. When I am researching a product, I always check the list of ingredients. I will even google them to see exactly what they are, and what they are used for. Here are some examples that I have found:
- Propylene glycol- used as an additive in antifreeze
- dimethicone silicone- is a silicon oil, it’s man made and it’s used to create a coating on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts
- Silica- is a mineral, and the dust from it has been known to cause lung disease and lung cancer. You can find it predominately on construction sites.
- Parabens- are a type of preservative. Studies have found they disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen, which can lead to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
- Fragrance- can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world
- Sodium lauryl sulfate- studies have labeled this a “moderate hazard” and states that it has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.
I know some of these ingredients are hard to get away from! I’m sure some of the things I’m using, has at least one of these ingredients, but those are just some examples of the ingredients I found. There are definitely a lot more out there!
I can’t stress enough how important it is to do your research! You have to really be mindful of what you’re putting on your body, because it actually can affect your overall health!
Organic Vs Natural
Organic vs natural. They sound like the same thing right? Actually, they’re not. Natural means it should have nothing artificial or synthetic in it. Organic means, According to the USDA, it should be free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering.
Both of these terms can be used very loosely by cosmetic companies. There are no restrictions on cosmetic companies, in regard to what they label the product, so they can just put one natural or organic ingredient in, and call it natural or organic!
When you see a product labeled organic, you should also see words like:
- Free of harmful chemicals, irritants or preservatives
- Carefully formulated with all natural, organic ingredients”
If you see this on the label, USDA-certified organic, that means it’s certified organic by the FDA. The best thing to do is, read the list of ingredients! Make sure the product is actually natural or, best of all, organic!
Less Is More
The less the list of ingredients, the better! If you’re reading a list of ingredients and it’s like 2 pages long, it’s more than likely filled with a ton of chemicals!
Unfortunately, we can’t trust the cosmetic companies. We have to do our own research about what they are putting in the products. A great place I found organic products is Etsy! The site is filled with all natural and organic products!
On Etsy, when you see a product listed organic, most will give you, not only the list of ingredients, but will also tell you what each one is and what it’s used for! They also usually have an asterisk next to the name of the ingredient that is actually organic! I love that! I feel like that’s how it should be for all products!
Demand Better Regulations
Why are we accepting this from cosmetic companies? We are the consumer. They should be doing everything in their power to provide us with top-notch ingredients! If we as consumer’s stopped accepting this from cosmetic companies, they would have to change!
Beauty is not worth jeopardizing our health! Cosmetic companies should be held accountable for putting chemicals in our products! Even though, it might be cheaper… Cheaper is not always better!
The cosmetic industry is a billion dollar industry! They should be heavily regulated, just like any other industry! Why are they allowed to get away with, pretty much, putting whatever they want in our products? Why hasn’t the government considered this a priority?
Just because the chemicals being used come in a small quantity, it can still affect your health negatively over time! This should be taken a lot more seriously than it is! The consumer’s health should be just as important as the money that they make!
If this isn’t a priority for them, make it a priority for you! Stand up for your rights! Stand up for your health! Stand up for you!
Learn To Love The Skin You’re In
How about we just learn to love the skin that we’re in? Wouldn’t that be so much easier? Instead of looking for all of these products to cover ourselves up, or change our look, or promise to improve our look… How about we just accept ourselves, love ourselves and go completely all natural!!
Society has created this “image” that we’re expected to try to live up to, but it’s not realistic! Can you imagine a world without plastic surgery, make up, etc… A world that was a bit more simple? I guarantee you, the celebrities of our day, probably wouldn’t be as popular!
That’s because we would all just be how we were originally made to be! It would be less about looks and more about the actual person! I think that would be amazing, but since that’s not actually the case, it’s still possible to just love the skin you’re in and show the world who you really are, inside/out!
So, I challenge you today to…. Be bold! Be brave! Be beautiful! But, most importantly, JUST BE YOU!