Beast and the Beauty – Photography and Cosmetics
Hello everyone, Assunta here, some of you know that I am a licensed esthetician and a lover of lotions and potions therefore, this time around I want to focus on the Beast of the Beauty, on what lurks in cosmetic/skin care products we put on our face and bodies everyday. Well, I’m not going to list product names, rather a few ingredients that are, pretty much, present in every beauty product. This will be a long process and therefore, split between a few newsletters.
Can you believe that the average person uses up to 15 different cosmetic products a day? Why can we just drink plenty of water, get a good night rest, go for walks and embrace the natural look we were born with? Put, maybe, some coconut oil on our skin and press organic beets on our lips? I know your answer…no time, quick fixes, and the euphoric feel we get when we spend money. I am at fault on this as well, right now I am wearing moisturizer, foundation, concealer, eyeliner, blush, mascara and lipstick, and that’s on my face alone. On my body I have a luscious Sephora body cream scented of marshmallow sweetness. Hair: Shampoo, conditioner, thickener, root boost and hairspray…Yaeeek!! That’s a lot of stuff, but still under what the average person uses; girls that is, guys are different…you are lucky if they shower everyday even, right?
This is why I thought it would be interesting to tackle the issue of whether or not all these different lotions, potions and snake oils are bad for us and the environment.
- According to the Environmental Working Group, 89 percent of 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA
- In fact, the US federal government doesn’t require any health studies or pre-market testing on personal care products
- As a result, many cosmetics are thought to contain carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and other chemicals that may pose health risks
- Up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream
It gets worse: the list of toxic additives present in many cosmetics is jaw-droppingly huge. U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals. Harmful ingredients in your make up drawer. Some that should be avoided at all costs include (but are certainly not limited to): Butyl acetate, Butylated hydroxytoluene, Coal tar, Cocamide DEA/lauramide DEA, Diazolidinyl urea, Ethyl acetate, Formaldehyde, Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl), Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene glycol, Siloxanes, Sodium laureth/sodium laurel sulfate, Talc, Toluene, Triclosan, and Triethanolamine.
And on that not so happy note, I will sign off.
In the next newsletter we will tackle each one of these ingredients and discover the real Beast of the Beauty. Until then…check your products and see if any have some or all of the above listed “demons”. Remember; we have to compromise nothing to enhance our beauty…
Ciao for now