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The Dangers of Using Cosmetics

Cosmetics are defined by the Food and Drug Administration as “any substance intended to beautify, cure, or prevent any disorder”. Cosmetics are comprised of a combination of chemical substances derived either from naturally occurring sources or chemically synthesized ones. Cosmetics have changed over the years. Prior to FDA’s banning of all cosmetics products, cosmetics manufacturers were able to use substances such as toxic lead, formaldehyde, and dioxin (a substance that can also be carcinogenic) in their products. These chemicals became infamous when studies revealed their high levels in consumers’ blood streams.

Cosmetics have come a long way since then. Today consumers can find products that are not only free of dangerous toxins but also free of carcinogens and other cancer-causing agents. Manufacturers are now using organic ingredients instead of synthetic chemicals and are continually seeking out ways to replace chemical intermediates with organics whenever possible. An example of an organic substance that has been used for years in cosmetics products is sodium lauryl sulphate, or laureth sulphate

Aluminum chloride is one of the most common ingredients found in cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwash, and even some toilet paper. Consumers have gotten used to the fact that aluminum is bad for them because of the numerous links to cancer and kidney disease documented over the last few decades. It was only a matter of time before people realized that using aluminium in cosmetics products could cause them the same health problems that their plastic counterparts carried. Triclosan is an example of a synthetic chemical that was banned in several countries around the world, but still found in certain types of toothpaste and soap.

Niches that produce a large amount of demand for cosmetics include anti-aging creams and lotions. Organic compounds are required in large quantities in order to meet the regulations set forth by the European Union’s ban on cosmetics containing harmful chemicals. Other areas that have become popular places for organic ingredients in cosmetics include nail polish, body lotion, hair care, and personal care products such as soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and perfumes. Many of these organic ingredients are commonly used in natural food supplements, niches, and cosmetic products.

The cosmetics industry is not the only business that has to watch out for the use of dangerous chemicals in their products. The food and beverage industry is also under fire for often using synthetic preservatives and other chemicals in their cosmetics. Some of the chemicals that are commonly found in cosmetics and other food and beverage products are brave, benzyl alcohol, ethylene oxide, isopropyl alcohol, and methylparaben. While each of these is less harmful than the chemicals that are typically found in cosmetics, they still pose risks to the consumer if they are ingested.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the cosmetics that you will use on your face is to choose those that have natural ingredients. Chemicals like parabens should always be avoided because they can cause skin irritation, but they are a fairly common ingredient in most cosmetics. In addition, products made with petroleum based ingredients (that mimic the oils produced by the skin), such as mineral oil or liquid paraffin should be avoided. In order to get the most out of your cosmetic products, always read the ingredients labels. Doing so will ensure that you are not putting toxic chemicals on your skin that can do long term damage to your health.

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