Surely, we trust large companies, so why read the label?
A recent Daily Mail article (March 2019) highlighted the need for consumers to be more aware of the products that are applied to the skin.
Some of the biggest cosmetic companies in the world include ingredients in their products which are not only detrimental to our well-being but moreover, possibly deadly. The report states;
“Growing research suggests women are unknowingly exposing themselves to thousands of chemicals that have been linked to everything from eczema and acne to even infertility and cancer”
So, what are the ingredients they inform you to be aware of?
“Evidence suggests all parabens – which also include methyl and butylparaben – disrupt the body’s delicate endocrine system. This is made up of all our hormone-producing glands, including the pituitary gland, pancreas and ovaries”
“ Propylene glycol, which is also added to products to maintain their scent, can cause a burning sensation on the skin, as well as kidney and liver abnormalities. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry states it ‘may harm you’.
“Depending on the manufacturing processes, PEGs can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies these as known and possible cancer-causing substances, respectively. PEGs have even been linked to breast, stomach, bladder, pancreas and brain forms of the disease”
With that information, you would think that no rational consumer would knowingly apply a product containing PEGs to their skin, but the truth is, the majority of the buying public don’t read the ingredients.
The information we need, to make educated decisions on our health and well-being, are provided to us in the small print (sometimes ridiculously small) on the product packaging.
But the true sad fact is that the majority of today’s busy consumers believe that if an ingredient was harmful to us, in anyway, it would not be allowed!
If you believe that, ‘your government has your back’, when it comes to ‘safe ingredients’ you are sadly misinformed.
If you believe that the biggest companies in the world would protect the users of their products against any possible harmful side effect, you are sadly misinformed.
Without doubt, today’s consumer has access to all the information it needs to make sure they are not buying products that could be toxic or detrimental to their health.
But still, we live in a society where ‘trust’ is bestowed upon companies and governments that are unworthy of this honour.
We, ourselves, need to take control of our health, the food we eat and the products we put on our skin. Nobody cares about you or your loved ones more than you!
When it comes to skincare READ THE LABEL!