Beauty products are used to, well, keep us beautiful! People go to routine, and the part of your day when you’re getting prepared can be calming. You don’t have to think really about it as you prepare yourself to look your best. Have you ever put some of the beauty products you use every day under the microscope though? They may not be as safe as you first think they are. We decided to take a look, and find out the scoop on some of the most widely used beauty products.
Antibacterial soap may seem like something innocent. It kills off bacteria on your hands. How in the world could it be harmful? Well, just take a look at the latest FDA report. Turns out antibacterial soap is bad for your kids, your body, and marine life. The reason?
Antibacterial soap contains a chemical ingredient called triclosan. The main purpose of triclosan is to kill bacteria. While this may seem like the best case scenario, it isn’t. Triclosan helps to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Even worse, once it goes down your sink drain, the sewage plant can’t filter it out. Triclosan stops algae from being able to photosynthesize. Algae is at the bottom of the food chain, so as you move on up the food shortages effect all the species.
Lipstick, every woman’s best friend, right? You probably apply it every morning before heading off to work, or going out for a night with friends. Did you know there is lead in your lipstick though?
Many cosmetic companies use lead in their lipsticks, and other makeup products. Even though these same companies will state if your lipstick is properly applied, the lead won’t harm you. This is not reassuring since lead can build up within the body. Lead is also a danger to your health causing effects such as seizures, memory loss, kidney damage, developmental delays, and even death. So be sure to check to make sure your lipstick and makeup products don’t have lead in them.
Exfoliating Face Wash
Scrubbing your face clean is the key to keeping your pores clear, and to prevent breakouts from happening. Those little “microbeads” in your exfoliating face wash though are most likely made out of plastic.
When those beads get washed down your drain, they can’t be filtered out. They get washed out into waterways and the ocean. Water dwelling creatures will eat them (thinking the microbeads are fish eggs) and digest them. This in turn damages their internal organs and DNA. Not to mention the $13 billion dollars in damages that happen due to plastic waste.
Instead, reach for an oatmeal based face wash. It’s natural, and won’t harm the environment.
Some of the everyday beauty products we use are harmful not only to use, but to the environment. It’s very simple to opt out for the healthy options instead. We recommend taking the right step today!