Makeup application is one of the most common practices for women all over the world. For many societies, makeup is a right of passage for the teenage girl looking to grow into womanhood. But rarely do women seemingly question what’s inside these makeup products. And seeing it is something that lays on the face for hours a day, that may now be proving to be a bad thing if an Australian beauty expert’s disclosure is correct.
Emporio Organico’s Kitsa Yanniotis claims that the safety of typically used makeup products is compromised to the point that these products may be causing serious illnesses for women, including reproductive ones. She claims manufacturers simply don’t test for safety, rather, they push the makeup products to market with immediacy.
‘These concerns have been linked to infertility, neurological disorders and developmental damage, reproductive issues and environmental damage,’ she told FEMAIL (via daily mail).
‘More obvious issues include skin problems and premature aging.’
Kitsa says that a plethora of dangerous chemicals found in makeup is endangering the health of women. Many of these products are used daily, compounding an already very serious risk. Kitsa is particularly concerned with the use of parabens in makeup products.
‘Because they are easily absorbed into the skin, they have been linked to reproductive cancers as they are endocrine disruptors,’ she said.
‘Due to their xenoestrogenic activity the body responds to them as if they were a natural estrogen thereby causing hormonal havoc.’
She also focuses on the chemical phenoxyethanol, another often used ingredient for makeup.It seems that negative reactions to parabens have led to an increased use in phenoxyethanol.
‘Parabens are often replaced by phenoxyethanol as a preservative, however it has also been linked to brain and nervous system issues in animal studies,’ Kitsa explained.
‘As well as skin health problems such as contact dermatitis, it’s also toxic to the nervous system, kidneys, liver and lungs.
‘It is most commonly found in skincare and haircare products.’
And then of course, there is Formaldehyde lurking in many of these products. Deceptive labeling makes avoiding any of these a true adventure for women. Katsi alleges that the terms “organic” and “natural” are often used in fraudulent manners. Due to this, women could get stuck breaking down a stack of ingredients on a label, all of which seem foreign and unclear.
‘You need to become a bit of a super sleuth and learn how to read labels or shop at stores like ours as we have already done the work for you by examining every product before we stock it, making sure that it fits into our strict ingredient policy criteria,’ she said.
‘Also look out for the logos of the certifying bodies such as Cosmos Organic, Australian Certified Organic and NASAA Certified Organic.’
As uninspiring as these revelations may feel, Kitsa claims there is hope. She says that women can opt for healthier options and treat their bodies and skin a bit better. But it requires more insight, more work, and it might entail spending more money on the products.
‘This includes botanical ingredients that are wild and unprocessed so that the natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants remain intact,’ Kitsa said.
‘Additionally, any oils should ideally be cold-pressed and packaged properly to avoid rancidity.’
Author: Jim Satney
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