Have you noticed how the application of makeup has turned into an art show gone wrong? What ever happened to showing off the face that you were gifted with at birth? When did the application of makeup go from minimally accenting your face and bringing out your best features to coloring the face an entire different color, creating eyes that really don’t exist and creating curves and colors that depart from the very essence of you? Furthermore, ingredients in the makeup that is being promoted on main stream media, can have a negative impact on your health. According to the study conducted by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), toxic environmental chemicals are a threat to human reproduction and there may be differential vulnerability by life stage or social position. See study (click). Overall, women of color are impacted disproportionately by environmental chemical exposures. Compared with white women, women of color have higher levels of beauty product–related environmental chemicals in their bodies, independent of socioeconomic status. Small exposures to toxic chemicals during critical periods of development (such as pregnancy) can trigger adverse health consequences (such as impacts on fertility and pregnancy, neurodevelopment, and cancer). All healthcare practitioners should add this topic to their discussions with patients who wear makeup.
Here are several signs that you are wearing too much makeup:
1. When you want to smile, you can’t because your makeup may crack
2. You can barely move your face without feeling restricted
3. Your lips are so bright that people forget that you have eyes
4. Your contour lines look like the guys in darth vader
5. Your eyelashes look like spider webs in 3D
6. Your unable to kiss your man without getting makeup on his shirt
7. Your face powder looks like some thick cake frosting glued to your face
8. Your face is an obvious different color from you hair line and neck
9. It takes you more than 5 minutes to remove your make up
10. When you show up without it, no one recognizes you
11. Someone decided to share this article with you because someone in your network (probably not you) need to read this information.
As you include pounds of makeup on your face, start thinking about the ingredients that you use, the inability of your skin to breath through the makeup and the possible chemicals that you are allowing to sit on your face, go into your skin, and penetrate deep into your bloodstream. When someone tells you there is no harm with the makeup ingredients consider the advice given to cancer patients which is to avoid chemical based makeup and try natural products. Also, please stop looking at the television thinking that you are suppose to look like that. TV makeup is not everyday makeup. Lastly, evaluate the negative impact that the chemicals can actually have on your health.
Here are ingredients that you may want to avoid when selecting makeup:
- Phthalates: These are chemicals produced from oil to make plastic. They are also used as solvents in cosmetic products like nail polishes, perfumes, and hair sprays.
- Parabens: Watch out for these preservatives that are used in a variety of personal-care products. They have been found in breast tumors by scientists, and are known to disrupt normal hormone function in the body. Avoid words like “methyl,” “propyl,” “butyl,” and “ethyl” parabens.
- Talc: This is found in baby powders, talcum powders, and genital deodorant sprays, talc has been linked with ovarian cancer.
- Solvent violet 13, a colourant found in a wide range of consumer products including cosmetics and toys, is harmful to human health at current levels of exposure, according to a draft conclusion from the Canadian government.
- Lead: This was found in more than 60% of popular lipsticks investigated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While mercury has been an issue with cosmetics manufactured in China, the FDA findings shine a bright light on “trusted” companies such as Revlon, L’Oreal, and Maybelline – bringing cancer-causing ingredients that “weren’t our problem” directly into our local stores.
- Fragrance: These are synthetic fragrances that include 200 unknown chemicals. Companies aren’t required to list those chemicals. Therefore, you have no way of knowing what you’re putting on your skin. According to a 1986 report, 99% of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, including benzene derivatives, aldehydes and other known toxic ingredients capable of causing cancer.
- Formaldehyde: This is a colorless gas, this is listed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program as “reasonably anticipated to cause cancer.” It can cause allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, and headaches, and is listed in the European Union as toxic and carcinogenic.
- Petrolatum: Listed as mineral oil, liquid paraffin, toluene, or petroleum, petro products have been banned or restricted for use in cosmetics in other countries. Researchers conducting animal studies have theorized that petroleum-derived ingredients in moisturizers may promote skin-cancer tumor growth.
- 1,4 dioxane: The Environmental Working Group found that 43% of body-firming lotions, 36% of facial moisturizers, and 34% of body lotions contain 1,4-dioxane-a chemical by-product produced in cosmetics manufacturing and a known carcinogen. To avoid it, watch for words like “PEG,” “xynol,” “ceterareth,” and “oleth.”
Here is a great video about the toxic effects of makeup: (click).
Look for labels that include natural ingredients and avoid chemicals. The debate over the safety of cosmetic ingredients was reignited when the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit, published a report on the subject. EWG found that teenage girls’ bodies contained the same potentially hormone-altering chemicals found in many cosmetics and its report references earlier studies that link those chemicals to health risks, including cancer, in lab animals. Of particular concern is a chemical family known as phthalates, used in some nail polishes and fragrances.
Here are some makeup options that you may want to consider:
- Use Natural Makeup that has no negative impact on your skin
- Wear makeup that compliments your face and does not actually create a new face
- Be cautious about all of the shops that sell makeup. Start questioning the ingredients prior to making purchases.
- Use makeup that offers healthy ingredients to keep the skin under the makeup healthy, vibrate, and moisturized.
- Repair skin and use natural moisturizers that work to correct skin issues
- Eat a high alkaline diet
- Clean your skin with natural products like baking soda, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
- Exfoliate your skin with natural products
- Work on improving your skin so that very little makeup (if any) is needed.
- Do you Really Get what you pay for: https://mikiosnbodyscrub.wordpress.com/category/tamikio-bohler/https://ezinearticles.com/?Do-You-Really-Get-What-You-Pay-For?&id=7694058
- FDA Prohibited and restricted chemicals (click)
- SkinnTastic, a 100 percent natural antibacterial moisturizing face cream that works
- Consumers and Product Ingredients that Cause Cancer (click)
- Products that are not natural but say natural (click)
- Attorney’s perspective of natural and the cosmetic industry (click)
The author, T. Bohler, is the owner of Mikios Natural Body Scrub, a company that makes 100% natural products without chemicals. Mikios Natural Body Scrub offers 100% natural body scrubs, antibacterial face cream and an exclusive line of copper jewelry. She wrote this article to say, “wake up world, the current cancer rate of 1 in 3 is serious and we need to do everything possible to minimize risk.”
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