Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web
Search

Blog

Published on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Impacts of Irresponsible Cosmetics

[ALARMING]

The Impacts of Irresponsible Cosmetics

As the world becomes more globalized, our shared love for cosmetics is becoming a common language and form of art that unifies us more everyday. Unfortunately, little do we know that the makeup we wash off our faces after a long tiring day is having a disastrous effect on animal life all over the world.

Studies have shown that some ingredients in cosmetics end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans at high concentrations that can often be disruptive to the ecosystem as well as lethal to many animals. This information is not clearly advertised to your average buyer, but certainly should be: the most popular cosmetics are full of artificial chemical ingredients that are polluting the environment and are cancerous to humans.

Common Ingredients That Harm the Environment

The most commonly used ingredient that is presented as cutting edge cosmetic technology is microbead technology. Microbeads are small plastics made from the chemical polyethylene. Scientists have proven that in a generic shower gel, there is an equivalent amount of combined plastic in the gel itself as there is plastic in the bottle that holds it. Titanium dioxide, used in mineral makeup and sunscreens, is another commonly used chemical ingredient usually found as nanoparticles. This chemical has been observed to harm snail DNA and reduce the growth of phytoplankton. This is especially concerning since phytoplankton provides more than half of our planet’s oxygen and is a major food source for large amounts of aquatic animals. In fact, much of the entire aquatic food chain depends upon the survival of phytoplankton. Losing this marine species will lead to enormous decreases in oxygen levels on land and in water while dooming aquatic life as we know it.

Paraben is another common chemical preservative used to increase the shelf life of products. Scientists have gathered some in depth evidence that proves that paraben is causing hormonal damage in marine animals, playing a large role in killing our corals, and accumulating in the tissues of marine and land animals. Moreover, Triclosan is also commonly used to halt the growth of bacteria in cosmetic products. This chemical has been detected in extremely dangerous amounts in lakes and has been observed to reduce the lifespan of many organisms living in these lakes.

The Benefits of Using Alternative Natural Cosmetic Products

The best part about switching to natural cosmetic products is the relief of knowing that you are not applying any harsh chemical ingredients on your face, hair, or body. The evidence-backed negative impacts of synthetic chemicals in cosmetics are increasing everyday and have been proven to disrupt estrogen production, increase the likelihood of breast cancer, weaken the immune system, and cause premature aging in skin. Moreover, you also have the comfort of knowing that you are playing an active role in the fight for the environment against the harmful cosmetic industry and all the chemicals that are draining into our waters and disrupting the the natural habitats in our ecosystems.


Natural cosmetic products are also safe and non-aggravating for all types of skin, including sensitive skin. Additionally, the naturally made products are packed with beneficial vitamins that are extremely nourishing to the skin. The natural cosmetic industry relies on ingredients such as natural oils including coconut and vitamin E oil which not only contain large amounts of healthy antioxidants, but also create no harmful byproducts when used and disposed of on a daily basis.


Another common practice in companies that use laboratory-designed chemical ingredients is animal testing. The process of creating a cosmetic product usually includes a immense amount of testings and experimentations, many of which are done on animals including chimpanzees, rabbits, mice and more. These test are usually cruel, torturous and lethal to the animals involved. Natural cosmetic brands work actively against such tests and push the agenda of using ingredients that are already safe for human use and do not require rigorous tests.

Alternative Cosmetic Brands to Consider

Fortunately, the awareness of the dangers of chemical cosmetics has been spreading amongst the community and increasing the number of individuals switching to the natural cosmetic market. Moreover, countries such as the US and Canada have effectively taken action against the use of microbeads in cosmetic products by forcing companies to use alternative ingredients.

 

The increase in buyers looking for natural products has ignited a growth in the industry. This has made room for new companies that manufacture and sell natural and harmless products with the same quality and results acquired from generic brands and a mission to protect the environment. Some of the best alternative brands to consider for both skincare and makeup include Lush, Juice Beauty, Pacifica Beauty, Ecco Bella, Osea Malibu Natural Beauty, and Sparitual Skin Care.  


Rate this article:
No rating
Comments ()Number of views (176)

Author: AThompson

Categories: Blogs, Consumer Products, Research, Health & Beauty, Animals & Wildlife

Tags:

Print

Search Jobs

Calender

«January 2018»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
25
1779

Climate Change & The Poor: A Toxic Relationship

The impacts of climate change are undoubtedly affecting the world on a global scale. However, its effects are far more pronounced among the poor.

Read more
26
1780

Pre-Historic Ticks

Ticks are some of the most aggravating parasites today but they've been around for millions of years - even long enough to feed on the blood of dinosaurs.

Read more
27
1781

'The Cove' Nine Years Later

You may remember the uproar surrounding The Cove almost a decade ago. Today, the fishing community at the heart of the film has finally spoken up. 

Read more
28
1782

Saving A Life

Watch this amazing footage of the rescue of a drowned puppy and the ingenuity, persistence, and passion of the man who saved it.

Read more
29
1783

Winter Enviro-friendly Tips

This is the time of year for family, food, and holiday cheer. But it's also the season that produces the most waste. Here's how to get green over the holidays.

Read more
30
1784

A Mesmerizing Flock

Have a look at this visually hypnotizing footage of one of nature's most arresting phenomenons - the flight of the flock of starlings. A gorgeous sight to behold!

Read more
31
1785

The Controversy of Fracking

Fracking is in fact dangerous. Recent study proves that infants in areas surrounding fracking sites may suffer from permanent health effects and growth problems.

Read more
1
1786

An Unobstructed Look Inside The Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA has long stood as one of the most powerful defenders of the health and safety of the environment and safety standards. A lot has changed. 

Read more
2
1787

Master of Deception

Few living species can match the powers of deception and stealth quite like the amazing Zodrian spider - known for wearing the carcasses of their victims.

Read more
3
1788

The Digital Impact: Bitcoin's Carbon Footprint

Bitcoin is becoming one of the most quickly growing cryptocurrencies today. But this new form of payment is more costly for the environment than you may think. 

Read more
4
1789

Animals That Fit On Your Finger

There are few things as adorable and heartwarming as pint-sized pets. Here are just some of the most popular ones available today.

Read more
5
1790

Amazing Fungus Breaks Down Plastic Within a Few Weeks

No doubt about it, plastics are amazing. But they're also particularly bad for the environment as they're tough to break down. A new study has a solution - fungus. 

Read more
67
1791

Curious Bear Finds The Camera

Getting that perfect wildlife shot can be tough. That's why the BBC Earth team developed innovative spy cameras to catch each amazing moment, like the skiing cam. 

Read more
8
1792

Baby Sea Turtle Treadmills

Light pollution has become a serious problem of modern living. And for turtles, it's even worse. That's why scientists devised this unique and adorable experiment. 

Read more
9
1793

Consider This Before Your Next Virtual Shopping Trip

Online shopping has long been held in high regard as the more eco-friendly way to purchase. But e-commerce may actually be worse for our environment than you think.

Read more
10
1794

Traffic Stopped by Silverback Gorillas

Silverback gorillas are amazing and beautiful creatures to be sure. Watch as a troop is filmed literally stopping traffic crossing a crowded road. 

Read more
11
1795

China's Ivory Trade Ban: What It Means Going Forward

Elephant numbers have long been on the decline due to poaching for their tusks. But China's new ivory trade ban aims to curb that trend and protect these animals.

Read more
12
1796

Hungry Deer Meets Delicious Snowman

Tis the season for snowmen to start popping up on front lawns. But don't leave carrots out for too long or you might get a hungry wildlife visitor.

Read more
1314
1797

The Future of Power: Solar Windows

While solar technology is advancing at a breakneck pace, one innovation in the industry is set to change the way we collect power forever - solar windows. 

Read more
15
1798

Literally Swimming in Drugs

It's a tragedy that animals are trapped in our trash. But it's astounding that one turtle in particular was found wrapped up in over $53 million worth of cocaine.

Read more
16
1799

Whose Responsible for Your Dirty Water?

Clean drinking water is supposed to be a right of every citizen in the nation. However, this right is often violated - and it isn't getting any better.

Read more
17
1800

Global Warming & Cold Spells: What's the Connection?

When faced with bitter-cold weather, some people tend to think global warming isn't real. But in fact, global warming just may be the culprit behind dropping temps.

Read more
18
1801

Spiders: Ancient & Amazing

Spiders have been producing silk for literally hundreds of millions of years. Take a look at just why these creatures and the silk they produce are so amazing. 

Read more
19
1802

The Threat of Ocean Deoxygenation

We often hear of the widespread effects of pollution on the ocean and the life it holds. But there's another threat beneath the surface - ocean deoxygenation.

Read more
2021
22
1803

The Sun: An Introduction

The Sun is literally the source of life for everything on the planet earth. But what is that giant ball of light in the sky really? How does it work?

Read more
232425262728
2930311234

Category

    Help Us Go Green
      
    Help Us Go Green