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How can beauty and personal care products be detrimental to our health and the planet?

The danger of beauty products

Are you beauty conscious? If yes, you are not alone. Many of us want to look good and feel good and to achieve this, we use beauty and makeup products on a large scale. 

Although there’s nothing strange in it because humans have always found ways to beautify themselves. The difference is, with time, people have gradually moved from natural material to processed, packaged material.

Now the beauty and makeup products (cosmetics) have become a new norm. Both men and women are using these as an essential to enhance their beauty, to look good, and smell nice.

Research conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), states that women use an average of 12 personal care products a day(containing 168 different chemicals), while men use about half that. 

 It doesn't look extraordinary. But have you ever stopped to wonder how these beauty and makeup products can be detrimental to our health and what impact these items are having on the planet? Unfortunately, many of us have not. 

We don’t seem to be bothered by this, and neither are we interested in digging deep to explore the negative impact of cosmetics on health and the environment. 

But, the truth is, it is damaging our environment, polluting our planet, poisoning our water, and destroying natural habitats and wildlife. 

 However, the question arises, how?

4 Chemical ingredients that are toxic to the planet

Microbeads

Microplastic or microbeads are one of the major threats to the environment, and cosmetic products are adding insult to the injury. Plastic pollution originating from cosmetic products does not only include the packaging, but the products themselves contain microplastic that are no bigger than 5mm.

These are tiny in size. But when we use exfoliating products, countless beads are drained into the water bodies and mistakenly swallowed by fishes and birds.

 Although 15 countries (including the UK) have taken steps to ban microplastic, it's not enough. 

Sulfates

Sulfates drive from plant and petroleum sources and can also form as a result of the reaction of sulphuric acid with other chemicals. It is present in modern-day toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, and soap in massive numbers. And studies have shown that Sulfate can be dangerous to aquatic organisms and can contribute negatively to the overall environment.

Triclosan

Triclosan is an ingredient that is found commonly in antibacterial soaps and deodorants and survives long in the water. Researches have disclosed that it is highly toxic for algae and dolphins and is also harmful to aquatic bacteria when consumed.

Oxybenzone and Octinoxate

Oxybenzone and Octinoxtae are the toxic ingredients found in mainstream sunscreen and are contributing heavily to killing corals and hurting the marine ecosystem. 

 In addition to that, chemicals like BHA, BHT, and sodium Laurent have been found to cause damage to the biochemistry of aquatic life.

Chemicals (cosmetics) are also harmful to health

Moreover, the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetic products is also harmful to our skin and bodies. Research suggests that skin can absorb up to 60 percent of the chemicals present in cosmetic products, and as many brands use chemicals and ingredients more than the regulated value, it often results in discoloration, allergies, texture alteration, or permanent damage. 

 Not only this but:

  • A study conducted by breastcanceruk.org.uk suggests that some ingredients used in cosmetics may increase breast cancer risk. Most are EDCs that mimic estrogens.
  • A cohort study reported a 13% increased risk of breast cancer by frequent use of skincare products and 15% increased risk by frequent use of beauty products.
  • According to a report, Parabens (an important ingredient of cosmetic products used to prevent bacterial growth in the product) can disrupt the endocrine and may result in altering growth, upsetting your hormones, causing skin cancer, or decreasing the sperm count.

So, in short, using non-natural beauty and makeup products may do you more harm than good.

What you can do

Before buying any products check the labels, do you research. Keep asking this question "is it good for me and for the planet"? 

Dont let it be too late to use more natural products, avoid plastic & harsh chemicals, you don’t need to be perfect, small changes everyday can make a big impact on our health and on the planet.

Thankfully, there are still many manufacturers like ecokindly.co.uk that are working hard with passion to make your beauty routine more environmentally-friendly. 

The products we are manufacturing contain certified organic ingredients that have been grown without the use of toxic pesticides. Besides this, the products are highly sustainable, made with passion, and sourced with care.

So when buying your next beauty product, embrace the more eco-friendly brand and choose sustainable products to contribute your quota to the environment. It is because being sustainable and choosing wisely is being kind to you & your planet.