Posted on Feb 21, 2021 71
Excessive makeup scares people away, but as it turns out, there is something much scarier about the very cosmetic products we put on our faces. These 7 shocking cosmetic facts you are unlikely to hear about in commercials, fashion magazines, and you won’t hear about them from that gracious lady who works in the cosmetics store.
After all, it’s true that when you get home with your new red lipstick, the last thing you think about is what it’s made of. We usually want to know, “How long will it last?”, “Is it matte or glossy?” We don’t really want to know what it’s made of after all.
1. There are no hard restrictions on the ingredients that make up cosmetics
The substances and components that make up cosmetics are not subject to testing because they are not food or medicine. This means that materials unsuitable for other industries are widely used in the cosmetics industry. Parabens linked to the occurrence of breast cancer, ethylene oxide or any other substance are actively used in the production process of cosmetic products. The only thing that can be checked is the authenticity logo, but not the composition.
2. Cosmetic companies do not have to test their products
At least in a way visible to the public. But, of course, cosmetic manufacturers are “legally responsible” for the safety of their products. And the fundamental way to prove this is to confirm that their products are legal and to compare their composition with similar substances in other similar products. As long as this continues, there will be nothing to prevent substandard cosmetics from getting into your hands.
3. 80% of amateur color cosmetics are not tested for safety
No one can guarantee you they are safe to use. The number speaks for itself.
4 The fragrance can be anything
The fragrance can be original oils combined in the lab, or all kinds of chemical elements. In fact, who knows what exactly gives off such a pleasant smell? It really could be anything.
5. The term “organic” may not mean exactly what you think it means
There are no standards or rules for determining which cosmetic products are “natural” and “organic” and which are not. Therefore, it is quite easy to mislead buyers. If a product is 3% cucumber extract and 97% chemical - it may well be defined as organic.
6. “Not tested on animals” and “stop the cruelty”?
Regarding this issue, there is no legal regulation here either. Only “guidelines” (of course not all companies conduct experiments on animals, and in some countries they are officially banned). So when you use cosmetic products, you can’t definitely know if a little furry rabbit didn’t die in one lab for the sake of it.
7. The average woman uses about 13 beauty products a day.
That means she gets approximately 515 (!) different chemicals on her skin every day.
So why do cosmetic companies use hazardous substances in the manufacturing process? Because it is more profitable, because it is very expensive to make natural products.
Now you are warned, so you are armed! Do not skimp on your health and responsibly approach the choice of cosmetics. And when using cosmetic products, do not forget the golden mean. Everything is wonderful, but only in moderation!