Cosmetics and skin care products are items that most of the world use every day, and in particular women. Women use far more products on their hair, skin and nails than they did 100 years ago. Now new research is starting to pick up on it and the so far the signs are not good.
If you look at the back of a shampoo or skin cream bottle, you will usually be confronted by an exhaustive list of long winded ingredients that you have never even heard of. Everyone generally assumes that these chemicals are perfectly safe to put on our bodies right? Why would companies put them in their products if they weren’t safe?
Perhaps unsurprisingly the cosmetic and personal care industry in America is largely self-regulated. The Food and Drug Administration or FDA are the regulators in the states, and they have only ever banned 9 chemicals in the history of their time as regulators since the 1930s.
There are over 12,000 chemicals that are approved for use in body products for external use, but consumer health advocates and researchers have been warning for years that some of them may be unsafe.
The average American woman uses around 12 products a day, which can equate to 200 chemicals, which was found in a study in 2004 by the Environmental Working Group. Another study conducted in 2016 stated that woman used an average of 16 products a day just on their face.
With growing concerns over rising cancer rates and unexplained diseases, people are desperate to find out what is contributing to these illnesses. Skin cancer is a major problem in Western countries and continues to rise, especially is women and regardless of whether or not they are in a hot country.
Now there is more and more demand for natural and chemical free skin products and the market is seeing a shift towards more natural skin and beauty care.