Concealers, lipsticks, lip balms, lip liners, eyeliners, hair mists, hair sprays, moisturizers, fake lashes, fake nails, nail polish, face wash, anti-aging creams ―wait, wait, wait… Are you sure these are beauty products and not some kind of war weapons?! Because this seems dangerous (literally!), I mean… If you only think about it for a second, you’d realize how harmful these stuff are, and not only to your body but also to your mind and soul.
Just stop, read on and think for a bit. You may just want to reconsider your choices after.
Good reasons to stop using skin care and beauty products
1. Be who you are
There are no such things as beauty enhancers; the only beauty enhancer is you. You need to know that no matter what you look like, you are beautiful (my lady…). Keep in mind that beauty is not really about your jaw lines or how long your lashes are, trust me; if you’re beautiful on the inside then it will show on the outside.
The products that you use to catch some eyes or hide your imperfections do little to conceal a bruised ego or catch a lost self-esteem. If you want to be remarkable and original, then just use your brain, not some kind of random bag of makeup.
Don’t be afraid to look like yourself, and always remember this one thing: no one has the right to blame you for looking the way you do unless you give them that right.
2. Save money
How much money do you spend over your beauty products? —Thousands of dollars, right?! — Well, that makes sense… But, just think about the amount of money you’ll be able to save if you start to decrease the frequency of beauty product consumption.
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Think about all the useful things you could do with that money instead of wasting it on cancer and animal torture. Actually, you can use less amount of money to buy more affordable and cruelty-free products or even natural ingredients that will help you make your own products from shampoo to makeup —who knows! Maybe you could start your own brand?!
3. Save your environment
Have you ever thought about the source of the ingredients found in your beauty products? ―Umm… I don’t think so― because maybe your products are just ruining the planet. Let’s take palm oil for instance (or sodium palmate), it’s a very common ingredient found in more than half of our beauty products like shampoo, toothpaste, soap and other cosmetics such as lipsticks.
A large proportion of beauty industry tend to use the palm oil much because it’s simply cheaper, very sufficient and easy to reach. This means they can guarantee the high amount of sales with low production costs.
But, what you don’t realize is that palm oil’s extraction is causing phenomenal damages to the environment, climate, animals, and people. So, it’s basically affecting badly on the ecosystem as a whole.
According to the world wildlife fund:
The cultivation of palm oil has been linked to deforestation and the burning of peat lands in Indonesia and Malaysia, and blamed for the smoke haze that recently choked Singapore.
Palm oil plantations have also been connected to the ￼￼destruction of habitat of endangered species such as orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers as well as the displacement of indigenous peoples who have lost their land and ￼livelihoods.
￼Of course, we can find many other damage causing elements found in beauty products such as Triclocan, Dibutyl phthalate (or DBP), Diethanolamine (or DEA), P-phenylenediamine (coal-tar derived chemical)
4. Free yourself
The problem isn’t really with you wanting to take good care of yourself ―I mean, if you do it right, and without causing any harm to other species nor yourself, it’s totally fine― The real problem arises when that self-care interest becomes an obsession and starts to take over your thinking and the way you see things.
Modern beauty industries and even other industries don’t just want you to buy their products, what they really want is to manipulate your choices and your whole perspectives on things; things like how you should look and act. They want to control your lifestyle with the hidden message they’re sending to you through their products.
They tell you what to buy and what not to buy, what to like and what not to like. They want you to keep consuming things over and over without knowing from where it all comes and where it all goes.
So what you got to do? FREE YOURSELF. Don’t let anyone convince you with a certain way of living. The life you’re living is only yours and not anybody else’s.
5. Seek for animal rights
￼￼As reported by the PETA organization: a huge number of multiproduct manufacturers, such as Johnson & Johnson—driven by a fear of lawsuits ￼and, inexplicably, frozen by inertia—continue to poison, burn, and blind animals in tests.
This reluctance to change is especially unforgivable considering the current wide availability of superiornon-animal tests. So basically many beauty industries other than Johnson & Johnson such as dove, L’Oréal, Avon, Pantene and many others still test on animals under the name of science while there is absolutely no use for such cruel tests.
6. Take care of your body (For real!)
Okay… This is the part you don’t want to hear about. Your unnecessary skin care product is not really what it looks like, it’s not always bio and it’s not always natural or green as it claims to be. Your product is simply what’s in it.
Now to be honest… The amount of toxins found in one product isn’t high enough to cause damage —wait a second! What about using more than 20 products a day, every single day!? — Actually, if you join together all those little toxins you get from each product every single day, the damage won’t be negligible anymore; you will eventually find yourself carrying a whole pack of toxins in your system!
So, maybe you want to read that ingredients list before you get fooled by the nice package?!… Here is a list of some harsh and extremely dangerous chemicals found in your products that you need to learn more about and try to avoid.
BHT/ BHA (the evil twin)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) are two related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives. You can find them in moisturizers, makeup, conditioners, liquid soaps, etc… These two chemicals have been taking a lot of attention lately and got completely banned by other countries like the UK and Japan.
They are associated with allergies, neurotoxicity and edocrine disruption and According to Program BHA is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen and The National Toxicology ￼￼is listed as an additive to avoid.
Parabens are a sort of chemicals used as preservatives, the most common parabens used in cosmetic products are ￼methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Conforming to the ￼FDA, a study published in 2004 (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied ￼Toxicology) detected parabens in breast tumors.
￼No further studies have proven that parabens caused cancer, however, ￼they are still suspected of being breast cancer-causing agents and many beauty industries have banned it from use. You can find ￼parabens in hair care products, shaving products, moisturizers, and makeup.
￼Ps: Preservatives may be used in cosmetics to protect them against microbial growth, both to protect consumers and to maintain product integrity.
If you take a look at your product label and notice ￼FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F ―Representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics.
Said Vanessa Cunningham, ￼Nutrition & Wellness Expert.
￼They’re known as skin toxicants and human carcinogens. FD&C is also suspected to be one of the environmental toxins. You can find synthetic colors in baby care, makeup, hygiene products and oral care.
￼Of course the list goes on: Dibutyl Phthalate (or DBP), PEGs, Petrolatum, ￼Siloxanes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Chemical Sunscreens (with Retinyl ￼Palmitate, Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate), Heavy Metals (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel and More), etc…