The business of selling makeup and skin care products is a massive one. It's a multi-billion dollar business that will, more than likely, survive the test of time for generations to come. Every woman, teen, and self-conscious individual on the planet wants to look their best and will buy any product that helps them do just that.
That being said, the cosmetics industry is also has its deep, dark secrets, especially in the United States. We all know that many major companies test their products on animals such as mice and rabbits. But something you may not know that affects you directly is what's inside that mascara, lipstick, and foundation you put on every day.
Cosmetics in the United States are very different when compared to other countries around the globe. In other parts of the world, such as Europe and India, many chemicals and ingredients that are commonly found in US products are completely banned from commercial use. Why? Because they pose significant health hazards.
Some of the chemicals in everyday makeup are linked to skin irritation, issues involving the lungs, and, shockingly, even cancer. That's right... some of the cosmetics you use to "put on your face" every morning could potentially have carcinogens in them. And, sadly, neither the cosmetics industry or our government are doing much to regulate the use of such substances.
A few of the known dangerous ingredients that are found in many makeup and beauty products include:
These are just a small sampling and are known to be skin, lung, and even eye irritants. Hydroquinone is possibly the most dangerous as it is linked to cancer in lab rats and banned in several countries outside of the United States.
Details like this are all the more reason to research every single ingredient in anything you put on your skin. Just because a products label states that it is safe to use or you've heard that it's fine doesn't mean it can't potentially have long-term affects on your health. Be safe and learn about each product you use. And, as always, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning use of any cosmetics.