A Few Facts About The Cosmetic Industry You Should Know
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A Few Facts About the Cosmetic Industry You Should Know

THE INGREDIENT THAT HELPED SHAPE MY LIFE STYLE

It's been 3 years since I learned about the common ingredient in personal care and home care products that has lead me to change my way of thinking, the products that I use on my body and in my home and my lifestyle. A friend of mine came across an article about a hairdresser who had caught on to the fact that the ingredients that were in the products that she was using on her clients were the cause of their complaints and stories of skin and scalp irritations, and a wide variety of health issues. One of the main offending ingredients in question was Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or SLS.

WHAT IS SLS

SLS is in such a huge amount of our everyday products, that the potential dangers of health risks associated with this ingredient is quite discerning. From your toothpaste and facewash and shampoo, to your household cleaning products and even food and pharmaceutical products, this ingredient is hard to avoid. It is a known skin, scalp, eye, and lung irritant, but the most worrying is that SLS is often processed with a chemical called. This process is thought to make the SLS less abrasive, but the outcome leaves the SLS with a contaminant of 1,4-dioxane, a potent human carcinogen.

TOXIC GROOMING

Unfortunately, that's just a droplet on the surface, and the frightening things that I have discovered through hours of research on this topic, leave me feeling deceived and angry. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of ingredients that are known to be detrimental to our health, that are commonly being used in the manufacturing of products that our skin and scalp absorbs into our body, including products marketed for babies! Yup that's right, in 2007 a report released by The Safe Cosmetics Campaign stated that studies showed that 61% of baby care products on the market contained both formaldehyde and 1-4, Dioxane........WTF! Just by washing, grooming and making ourselves smell pretty, we are unknowingly submerging ourselves in chemicals that disrupt our hormone system, are toxic to our immune system, are known to cause birth defects, and even mutate genes and cause or progress cancer cells!

REGULATIONS...HUH....WHAT REGULATIONS?

But how can the government and the cosmetic industry allow such possibly toxic ingredients into the products that we are putting onto and into your bodies on a daily basis? The scary truth is that the cosmetic industry is not governed for our protction at all. No testing at all is required of the ingredients or the products before they hit the shelves, and these products are litterally laden with thousands of chemicals, some which the effects we are aware of, some we are not. Even more shocking is that ingredients that are KNOWN to be toxic to our health are still being allowed to be used int the manufacturing of these products! Like I said, NO RESTRICTIONS! In fact, in the U.S.A, the organisation known as the PCPC (Personal Care Products Council), which provides the FDA (the government body responsible for "regulating" the industry) with the majority of it's scientific data, is actually a board which is comprised of hundreds of major cosmetic companies!

CHEMICAL COCKTAILS

The issue at hand is not just these individual chemicals and the effects each one may have on our bodies. A major concern is the chemical cocktails that are created within these products. Because chemicals react with one another, and place a few hundred together into a little bottle and who the hell knows what may happen. These chemicals also act like ticking time bombs. Building up in our systems over years of repeated use, making their way into our bloodstream and organs, until 20 years down the track you're diagnosed with liver cancer and you wonder "how on earth?"

THE POWER OF CHOICE

So don't be nieve, become an INFORMED consumer. Know that natural and organic alternatives are no longer just for hippies with dreadlocks, but are fast becoming the most walked path. As more people seek out healthier lifestyles, they are catching on and are realising the dangers of mainstream products and the effects (not to mention ineffectiveness) of their ingredients. Your power to choose is your most valuable commodity. By choosing more natural, safer products you are sending a message. You are saying "I choose toxic free products and I do not support your brand as long as you use toxic ingredients." The more people that send this message, the less profits these companies will be turning, until they have no choice but to change their nasty ways and their use of cheap, toxic ingredients. The power of choice is yours..... Use it!


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