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Why Artificial Chemicals Are Bad For Your Skin

May 01, 2017

Why artificial chemicals are bad for your skin

One of the most frequently asked questions is, “if artificial chemicals are so bad for skin why do all major companies use them?”. Good question. Well, in case you were wondering, it’s not because they are good for your skin.

Safe cosmetics, dangerous skin care chemicals banned in US vs. Europe

Do you think the FDA keeps all the bad stuff away from your cosmetic products? Nope. Here is a fact that might shock you: The European Union bans over 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the U.S. FDA only bans or restricts 11 chemicals from cosmetics. It gets worse.

You see, EU law is there to protect the consumer by requiring pre-market safety assessments of cosmetics, mandatory registration of cosmetics and authorization from the government to use nanomaterials – they even prohibit animal testing for cosmetic purposes. Sadly, that's not the case in the USA (Source).

What matters to the beauty industry analysis

So, when you ask why major companies use these artificial chemicals it’s because they CAN. These ingredients are cheaper to use than organic alternatives, can be mass produced, and act as great thickeners and volumizers to fill bottles and boost their profits.

I repeat: It has almost nothing to do with it making the product better or safer for your skin. These unregulated artificial ingredients contain skin irritants, endocrine disrupters and have been linked to birth defects and even cancer. This nullifies any benefits the product claims to have for your skin in our books.

And if you’re thinking these chemicals don’t end up inside you think again. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Other studies have found the face to be several times more permeable than the rest of the body, which is where most skin care products are applied.

Skin absorption rates and percentage of cosmetic chemicals

That’s why we recommend you reduce your exposure to toxins and other harmful chemicals as much as possible and avoid artificial products and ingredients that upset your body's natural state. There really isn’t any doubt that going organic is the best way to nourish your skin.

After going through an era of mass production and industrialisation, leading skin care organisations are now slowly shifting back to more natural and organic ingredients due to their superior properties.

Difference between organic and non organic skincare

But remember this isn't because they've suddenly grown a conscience - it's because there is growing scientific evidence of the harmful effects these chemicals have and what better- informed consumers are demanding.

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