Natural skincare is the most important issue in beauty therapy as more and more consumers become aware of the hazardous, toxic chemicals in their skin care and personal care products. Consumers have realised that government regulations for the ingredients in cosmetics are 40 years out of date. Throughout the world there is wide variety in government regulations on cosmetics. The European Union leads the way with an amended Cosmetic Directive banning chemicals known or suspected of causing cancer, birth defects or genetic mutations. Alas, other governments are woefully slow to take action.
Why are hazardous chemicals in cosmetic products? Producers of cosmetics are under regulated as 40 years ago products applied to the skin were NOT thought to have an impact on the body. The skin was thought to be a barrier to the chemical additives.
However, today we know differently. Medications are now produced on skin patches for rapid absorption into the body.
Toxins and Hazardous Chemicals in Skin Care and Personal Care Products
Within everyday skin care or personal products that women, men, children and babies are exposed to every day there have been found up to 10,500 additives. And I do mean additives some are additives for your car radiator and you put that on your skin!!! Only 11% of these additives have been tested for safety.
Recent studies by the Environment Working Group found the following results in personal care products:
- 60% had compounds that disrupt hormones in the body
- 56% contained chemicals that helped other chemicals penetrate quicker and deeper into your body
- 45% of products could be harmful to your reproductive capacity or harm an unborn baby’s development
- 33% had ingredients linked to cancer
Unfortunately hairdressers, cosmeticians and manicurists are exposed to these chemical daily. These 3 professions have been shown to have 4 times the likely development of bone tumours or myeloma than the population at large. Women using hair dye are 50% more likely to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Occupational health studies in relation to products used within the beauty industry revealed that of 2,983 chemicals studied 884 were found to be hazardous causing one or more of the following: biological or reproductive mutations, acute toxicity, tumours and cancer causing plus eye and skin irritations.
This is a TOXIC NIGHTMARE that we expose ourselves to on a constant basis. What can you do to safe guard yourself and your loved ones?