Just like a magician, the cosmetic industry relies on one key trick; ‘Seeing is Believing’. If they can get customers overwhelmed by what they see, then they can easily convince them to buy their products, no questions asked. And predictably enough, we are all too oblivious to read the labels on these products. After all, the government must have strict policies to ensure that all products are safe for consumption before they hit the market. But is this really the case?
Think about all the cosmetic products you use every day; soap, shaving cream, body lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and so on. The list gets even bigger when we switch our attention to women. What about your kids? That diaper cream and powder you constantly use on them? Is it really safe? Given that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and probably the most fundamental too, it makes you do a volte-face on what you’re really putting on your body; rethink the whole ‘cosmetic beauty’ obsession.
If you do your research well, you’ll realize that most of the ingredients listed on cosmetic products are the same components found in the grease you use on your car! And what’s even worse, the policies that govern the production and distribution of these cosmetic products are awfully overrated. It’s just business; at least for them, it is. Perhaps the only fortunate thing is that labeling of products is mandatory and required by the law. So you can always do your own extensive research on the ingredients listed on these beauty products and confirm the worst. But then again, we are too lazy and ignorant to take that extra step. Nevertheless, I still think you deserve to know what you’re getting yourself into when you purchase these products. Here are six secrets the cosmetic industry doesn’t want you to know.
Most cosmetics and beauty products contain cancer-causing elements
Research shows that one in every five cosmetic products contains an organic toxic compound called formaldehyde that can directly be linked to cancer. In some products, the formaldehyde is highly suppressed to reduce its effects on the victims but research has shown that it can still be readily be re-activated by partial heating. Exposure to formaldehyde causes skin irritation, watery eyes, burning sensations in the nose and throat and coughing. If you’ve used nail polish before, you probably know what I’m talking about.
Some lipsticks contain lead, which can be deadly
Most industries, including oil companies, have actively been trying to eliminate traces of lead in their products owing to its poisonous nature. But the cosmetic industry, not so much. In a survey taken back in 2012, it was discovered that the market was flooded with lead-based lipsticks, with over 400 lipstick shades containing the toxic element. And considering women’s mania to bright red shades, it’s only lucid to assume that most lipstick users are innocently ingesting the lead found in these lipsticks.
Devious marketing strategies
In this capitalist world, companies are investing heavily on advertisements to ensure that their marketing strategies are appealing to customers globally. Ploys are often used to compel customers and trick them into buying their products, and cosmetic industries are in the front line of these schemes. Nowadays, you’ll find almost every beauty product claiming that it’s all natural, and sometimes, it’s true. But more often than not, these claims are based on lies or compromises. I’ll give you an example. A product will clearly state on its label that it’s free from silicon and sulfates. But if you take a closer look at the comprehensive list of ingredients, usually listed with a smaller font size, you’ll find silicon compounds and sulfates listed! So in all aspects, the company has not lied to you. In any case, it has remained totally transparent as required by the law. Again, natural doesn’t always mean safe. Poison Ivy is natural. But have you tried rubbing it on your skin? Exactly. It just takes your naivety to win them a sale.
Aerosol sprays are dangerous
Almost everyone loves deodorants, and I’m sure you’ve used one at some point. For the ladies, hair sprays promise to get rid of dandruff in your hair and you feel that you really need them. But did you know that all these aerosol sprays are just another way to squirt toxic chemicals on your skin? Aerosol cosmetics have been found to contain over 400 poisonous ingredients including formaldehyde and other highly carcinogenic products. Continued use can cause skin irritation and breathing complications. Applying the sprays can also prove extremely hazardous, especially to young kids. To be safe, ditching the aerosols for roll-ons is highly recommended.
You can easily make your own cosmetic products at home, using natural ingredients
Customers are the core of the cosmetic industry. But what if there was another way? What if you didn’t have to pay 50 bucks for a simple makeup kit? You see, the industry doesn’t want you to think along this line. But the truth is, you can easily run your own DIY project at home and come up with your own all-natural beauty products. From body lotions to shaving creams and face masks, you can simply whip several ingredients in a bowl and you’re good to go. And the real beauty of doing this is that you do it on your own terms, using natural ingredients that you’re fully aware of, at zero cost! Some of the natural products that have proven to be skin friendly are honey, avocado, lemons, egg whites, and sugar. Just think about it.
Your broken make-up compact can be fixed. You don’ have to buy another one just yet.
A broken compact is a nightmare for most women. It’s like watching all you powdered dreams just sweeping away right in front of your face. But for the cosmetic industry, this is good news. For them, it means another sale. So they don’t want you to know that you don’t have to dump that kit just yet. They don’t want you to know that it’s totally fixable. All it takes it putting the broken pieces back onto their plates, rub a little alcohol on them, and press gently with a spoon. Done! You can now comfortably continue using it normally. For your dried mascara, just add some eye drops inside the tube and you’re good to go. With these simple tricks, you can easily save yourself from the headache of having to spend too much on too little.
Cosmetic and beauty industries highly depend on customer ignorance and to be fair, you can’t entirely blame them for using this approach. But now that you know this, don’t get played anymore. Beat them in their own game.