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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Beauty Industry

The GOOD – There are some companies that are ethical, pure and safe

The BAD – The risk to our health if we don’t take notice of ingredients lists

The UGLY – The hidden secrets

Like most people I was naive and uneducated about the dark secrets of the beauty industry and the products I was using every single day. Up until about a year ago, I trusted that if a product was being sold in a shop it had to be safe right…RIGHT????

Sadly, that isn’t the case.

The beauty industry is highly unregulated in the UK and there are multiple ingredients being used within the beauty and cosmetics world that are detrimental to our health.

In recent years I’m sure you can agree that there has been an overwhelming volume of diagnosis of various cancers and other diseases. Is this significant increase due to technology? Our diets? Our lifestyle? Our prescription drugs? Or could it be down to the ingredients in our products we are using on our skin every single day?

Possibly, even a combination of all of the above.

The truth is that what we put into our bodies and what we put onto our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream within around 30 seconds therefore many harmful chemicals in products are going directly into our internal system.

I’m not here to scare you, I’m here to tell you to WAKE UP and educate yourself to ensure you use good quality, safe products as ultimately prevention is better than cure.

Here are the few BAD things to look out for.

Parabens are the most widely used preservative in the UK in body care products and cosmetics. An estimated 75-90% of cosmetics contain parabens. They can be found in the ingredients list and typically have a prefix like ‘methyl’ or ‘proply’.

Problem: Parabens easily penetrate skin and interfere with hormone function in both males and females. Parabens are found in 18 out of 20 breast cancer cells and have been linked with various other cancers.

When methylparaben is applied to the skin it reacts with UVB leading to increased skin ageing and DNA damage. It has been estimated that women are exposed to 50mg of parabens from their personal care products and cosmetics daily. Parabens are now widely banned across various countries.

Mineral Oil is the number one ingredient used in Britain’s skin care. Also known as petrolatum and liquid paraffin (there are over 70 hidden names for mineral oil).

Mineral oil and other petroleum based ingredients are products of black crude oil and are super cheap – which explains why it is so widely used. Mineral oil is usually one of the first ingredients listed on a product. Ingredients lists are in quantity order meaning most of your product is ‘bulked’ with this harmful chemical.

Mineral oil costs about 50p per gallon compared to other oils, including essential oils which can cost as much as £70 a gallon. In Switzerland, it is ILLEGAL to use mineral oil in a personal care or cosmetic formula due to its harmful properties – however in the UK there is no such regulation.

Problem: Mineral oil’s molecular size is too large to be absorbed by the skin, forming a film on the skin’s surface. Therefore, this ingredient acts like plastic wrap over your body, suffocating the skin, never allowing it to absorb moisture, breathe or secrete salt and toxins. Skin, in addition to your kidneys and liver help your body to detoxify and mineral oil prevents it from doing so. As well as clogging pores, and increasing the likelihood of blackheads and acne, mineral oil is also closely linked to various cancers and illnesses.

Other harmful ingredients to look out for are Sodium Laureth Sulfate & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Phthalates, Parfum (Fragrance), Artificial Colours and flavours.

The good news is there are some brands out there that are pure, safe and beneficial – that do what they say they’re going to do *sighs with relief*. I highly recommend using a Swiss product as Switzerland follow the highest regulations. I also recommend using a vegan product, whether its skincare, cosmetics or nutrition – go VEGAN.

Some of the animal bi-products that are used in products are the nastiest of them all but i’ll save that rant for another day.

And finally, I urge you to use cruelty free products; why not use a product that is clinically tested? If you’re not aware of animal testing head to youtube for some disturbing home truths. Animal testing is unnecessary, unethical and CHEAP, thats why most average brands continue to test on animals.

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