Today, I decided to dispose 214 of my essential “old-favorite” beauty products. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup. I remember every time I walk into Sephora, I would feel like I’m on cloud 9. I’m sure a lot of you can relate, haha. Throughout high school, I used to have severe acne. My self-confidence basically threw itself into the trash every single day. So I sought to find a quick and easy solution.
Layer after layers, I remember I used to pack foundation on my face like there is no tomorrow. But wait no, there’s still more. Concealer, setting powder, eyeliner, mascara, blush, highlighter, bronzer, and lipstick were also part of my daily makeup routine. That’s 9 products and it doesn’t even include my face-wash, toner, and moisturizers! Holy cow! There were many times when my friends and family would say, “You’re wearing too much makeup! It’s not good for you skin,” but I didn’t listen. What do they know, right? If the products weren’t good for my skin, why would companies sell them in stores? This was something that took me a journey to find out about the ugly truth of our beauty products.
On average, women uses about 15 products per day. Men, on the other hand, uses about 6 products per day. You walk into the beauty section and you see endless options of products; shampoo for flat hair, face wash for sensitive skin, to 24hr lasting lipstick. I mean come on, really? Have you ever wondered how these products work the way they do?! Did you know that over 1,300 toxic chemicals are banned in Europe and Japan? How many in the US? Only 11 toxic chemicals are banned in the US! Isn’t that crazy? If we rewind and go back to WWII, we have already been introduced to the market of more than 80,000 chemicals since 1939 and new chemicals are introduced each year. I believe the most up to date number is 152,460 unique chemicals (EWG).
The last year a law was passed which regulated cosmetics and personal care products in the U.S. was in 1938! Hence, allowed cosmetic companies to put anything in their product and market the way they want to. “Pure, Long-Lasting, Voluminous, Sensitive, and etc.,” are all marketing terms that are literally self-regulated! One of every five adults are potentially exposed every day to all of the top seven carcinogenic impurities common to personal care product ingredients — hydroquinone, ethylene dioxide, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, PAHs, and acrylamide. The top most common impurity ranked by number of people exposed is hydroquinone, which is a potential contaminant in products used daily by 94 percent of all women and 69 percent of all men (EWG).
At this time and age where health and environmental issues are persistent epidemic problems, we have to wake up and stop falling for advertisements from companies whose goal is to only make big bucks from you! This issue is not about cosmetics anymore, it’s about the toothpaste that you use every day, kids’ body wash, your personal deodorant, and many more. Your skin is your largest organ. What you put in matters. Your skin doesn’t have the ability to metabolize everything that you slather on, and much you put on it is immediately absorbed into your bloodstream. Some chemicals are very potent even in small doses. If you think about the number of products you use a day, mixing products here and there- toxic chemicals eventually builds up in your body, and what does it cause? To name a few; Cancer, reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, damaged skin, and the list goes on. Next time you go to the stores, remember to read the labels and be smart. No one will care for you as much as you will, so take control and be responsible for your well-being.
Pictures will be posted as soon as I get some rest!
Stay beautiful, xoxo.