Have you ever actually stepped back to think about where that pretty bottle of liquid in that glistening glass jar has come from? Where it might have travelled before it reached your bathroom cabinet? Who might have touched the ingredients in that bottle? The impact it might have had on human, animal and plant lives on its journey to reaching you?
No, not many people do, and its only in recent years that i have opened my eyes to some of the beauty industry destructive practices in getting their latest product to market. Before that, I will admit. I was in denial. I was ignorant and quite frankly oblivious to it all.
My journey to natural, organic and ethical beauty began in a selfish way. I only began to look more closely at ingredients, formulas and manufacturing process because I started to develop adult acne and wanted to find it out on my skin that was triggering it. My interest was sparked purely through selfish reasons initially to heal myself. After much more in depth research, I started to discover that the mainstream beauty industry was not so beautiful after all. I quickly realised that the majority of them are for profit only and health of a consumer is not a priority for them. Let alone the planet and animals that are suffering in order for us to have red lips or smooth exfoliated skin. As well as realising how many synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients there actually are in the majority of the products I was using, I also discovered there are so many ingredients used that have a detrimental effect on the environment.
Below are few points of information that you might like to take away with you to ponder on. I am not into this all and I strongly believe that the choices we make in our life are just that.. our own choice
I do believe it is better to have all of the facts at hand in order to make an informed decision, and one that works for you. If some of this information below strikes a chord with you, and you decide you cannot be aware of this information and not do something about it, then I’m here to tell you how cosmetics affects our environment.
- Your Sunscreen Could Be Destroying Coral Reefs:
A common chemical ingredient used in lots of the major Sunscreen brands is ‘Oxybenzone’ also known as “ Benzophenon-3”. This is an active chemical that absorbs UVA and UVB rays, therefore protecting the skin from the sun. While this ingredient does a very effective job at protecting your skin, it is also having a very negative impact on the world’s Coral Reefs.
Reports have also shown that Sunscreen contain Oxybenzone have been contributing to the bleaching of the Coral Reefs.
Coral Reefs are underwater ecosystem, they are currently exposed to 14000 tons of sunscreen each year, it is washed off our bodies and into the ocean when we swim, and every time we shower. With synthetic chemicals like Oxybenzone being used, it’s not surprising that this is causing damage to marine life that is not easily reversed. Oxybenzone damages the Corals DNA and interfere with the reproduction and growth of young coral. They supposedly contain the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. As well as providing the habitat and shelter for many marine organisms, they also generate billions of dollars to local economies of nearby countries for fishing and tourism. It is important we keep them alive.
So the next time you buy a new sunscreen. I urge you to consider using mineral based sunscreens with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead. These physical sunscreen are not absorb by the skin and act like mirror, reflecting sun rays.
- Wet Wipes are Blocking the Sewage System and Killing Marine Life:
Baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, moist toilet tissue, these throwaway or flushable wipes are incredible convenient, but they are also quite problematic for the planet. Most of these wipes are made from synthetic fibre that do not break down and degrade, end up blocking up sewerage lines. Many of these wipes are also flushable and therefore end up blocking sewage system.
Now a days, we want, quick, simple but we still want effective, but is it really worth it when it has such a negative on the world around us? Instead, use either reusable wipes that can be composted at the end of their life, or choose environmentally friendly, disposable wipes made from 100% organic cotton bamboo or wood pulp.
Just notice how unexpectedly cosmetics affects our environment and is harmful for our planet and its ecosystems.
- Product With Palm Oil are Causing Mass Deforestation:
If you have done any research on the health risks and environmental impact of beauty and household products, then at some point you will probably have read about SLS. It is the ingredient used in shampoos, face washes, toothpaste and anything that foams to provide that luxurious lathering effect. It is cost effective to produce making it a popular choice for manufacturers and feels satisfying to use it provides that squeaky clean feeling. But there’s a dark Side to this ingredient that is not often talked about.
The only way of knowing if you’re buying a product that uses sustainable palm oil, is by reading the labels or doing research on companies who use it in their products. Look out for a label on their products. Look out for a label on their packaging.
Moreover, if your stressed about your cosmetic products and don’t know which products is good for you and your environment, cosmetics affects are Causing mental health illness in you and you’re suffering from psychiatric issues due to your make-up products then first of all you are supposed to get yourself checked up from a licensed practitioner who can consult you according to your mental health, you’re advised to get an “emotional support animal letter online” from getyourpetcertified.com
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