Not only does majority of the beauty industry promote toxicity by preying on women’s insecurities, but did you know many of the products themselves are full of toxic dyes, fragrances, emulsifiers and more?
Wait, what exactly do we mean by “the beauty industry”? Specifically, we are referring to makeup, perfume, body gels, lotions, hair products, tanning methods, and related items.
Here is a basic guide of what may be creeping in your most-loved beauty products (this is not all, please research any and all ingredients that you are unsure of!):
Why Are These Ingredients Harmful?
These toxic ingredients consist of known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, which impact our health, fertility and overall well-being. One of the worst offenders is FRAGRANCE. Fragrance can be anything including extracts of hormone glands of other animals, synthetically made smells that alter genetics, chemicals derived from unknown sources, and fragrance is never properly regulated by any governing body.
These are not rare ingredients either. You can find these ingredients in products from:
- Beauty Without Cruelty
- Bare Minerals
- Urban Decay
- Too Faced
- Erins Faces
- Shea Moisture
- Herbal Essences
- Mixed Chickes
- Carols Daughter
- and MORE
Check your favorite brands and products at EWG.
This article is not to say that you should never wear makeup, that people who wear makeup or use soap are not “crunchy,” or that all beauty brands and products are toxic. This article is simply to bring awareness to the fact that companies are not necessarily looking out for your best interest, rather, they are looking after their own profit and how to make things as cheaply as possible, while selling them for as much as possible, and that is just the reality of most of the beauty business.
Be careful, do your research, and stay safe!