Here is a question worth a million bucks, are cosmetic products dangerous?
Many of those so-called beauty products do all the promising of glowy skin but never delivers. It’s no secret that Makeup companies spend a whole load of money on their ad campaigns. They get our favorite social media influencers to encourage us to consume their products while simultaneously failing to inform us about their products’ side effects and the potential risk we might be getting ourselves into.
Dangers of Using Commercial Makeup Products
Did you know that the heavyweights in the cosmetic industry produce millions of products every year?
These products go straight to stores and then to us without proper government oversight. The last government oversight on cosmetic companies came under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, passed in 1938. This law was enacted to regulate adulterated goods and products that are falsely packaged.
Ironically labeling a product as natural or organic does not qualify as a false advertisement. I can categorically say, The 1938 law provided cosmetic companies the freedom to make their merchandise.
By freedom to produce their products, I meant independence without going through the screening process set by the FDA. Due to this law, the FDA cannot recall carcinogenic items because they do not acquire the ingredients that cosmetic companies use to make their products effective. To the credit of cosmetic companies, about 600 of them came together, forming the “Personal Care Products Council”(PCPC).
Who Funds the PCPC?
The PCPC is self-funded, and it sponsors other advocacy groups. One of these advocacy groups is the Cosmetic Ingredient Review.
The cosmetic ingredient review’s job is to study and make sure cosmetic companies do not use hazardous chemicals in their products. The spokeswoman for the PCPC, Lisa Powers, said that “the Cosmetic Ingredient Review is independent of the PCPC and the cosmetics industry.” She also backed the cosmetic ingredient review to continue studying cosmetic products’ chemicals and keeping consumers safe.
According to Faber, an environmental Watch Dog Group, they dismissed the cosmetic ingredient review as a “fake police force,” with no authority over bad actors in the industry”. They also emphasized that Self-policing has failed”.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Job Approval
According to a report by the Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), a group that enlightened both the public and manufacturers of cosmetic merchandise about the dangers of relying on the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel study;
The report exposed the cosmetic ingredient review for approving chemicals linked to hormone disruption, cancer, and allergies. Take, for example, talc. You can get exposed to talc from products like baby powder and cosmetic powder.
Studies have linked Talc to ovarian cancer and respiratory diseases. Despite the national outcry about talc, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review did not formally review talc until 2012. When they finally inquired about talc, they came out defending the talc-like manufacturing companies.
Manufacturing companies like Johnson & Johnson face and lose lawsuits linking their products to ovarian cancer and pulmonary disease.
Cosmetic Ingredient Review On Talc
I would love to begin this by quoting Alexandra Scranton, The Director of Science and Research at WVE, who said, ”The CIR’s conclusion about talc’s safety in cosmetics is putting the public’s health at risk and is setting up manufacturers for devastating financial blows, not to mention reputation damage”.
At this point, the credibility of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review is in question. They are just a puppet of the PCPC who obtains their funds from the cosmetic industries.
I currently believe the Executive Director of WVE Erin Switalski, who stated on the CIR.
“The irony is the Cosmetic Ingredient Review was created by the industry to promote their interests, when in reality, by green-lighting chemicals like talc, the CIR may, in fact, be achieving the opposite.”
Cosmetic Ingredient Review View On Other Chemicals
It’s only fitting to start this by quoting Scranton, who said, “The CIR has a history of erroneously assuming that data gaps are equivalent to a lack of health effects. In other words, if no cancer studies have been conducted on a chemical, one cannot assume that the chemical is not carcinogenic. Yet these are unfounded conclusions the CIR seems to make time and again.”
Conclusion on the dangers of commercial cosmetics
As the WVE report revealed, we cannot know for sure which chemicals are carcinogenic because the CIR doesn’t do their job. To give it a thought, They are just a puppet of the PCPC who is also a Puppet of the cosmetic manufacturing companies.
This is why you should consider opting for organic cosmetic products as an alternative to chemical-induced cosmetic products. The organic cosmetic product will not harm you and are definitely not carcinogenic. Most ingredients used in its production are from plant-based chemicals and essential oils. Don’t be deceived by the cosmetic industry that spends loads of money on ad campaigns. Only to get you to buy their product.
Please Don’t Risk Your Health. Stay safe and go organic.