Younger looking skin is something most people long for, particularly as they start to reach their middle age years. In fact, people are so concerned about their appearances that in 2010 there were more than nine million cosmetic procedures carried out in the United States alone. Medical tourism, especially for cosmetic procedures is booming in many countries such as Thailand for example. Of course, not everyone can afford cosmetic surgery, and besides, not everybody is willing to go to such extremes in order to have a more youthful appearance.
The cosmetics industry has always been a thriving industry, and even during the recent economic crisis, the cosmetics industry emerged virtually unscathed. There are more skin care products and anti aging products on the shelves than ever before, and yet the average person still tends to have extreme difficulty finding a product line capable of delivering the type of results they so desperately long for.
Surely, with so many products on the market, there must be a few at least which can in fact give you younger looking skin? Yes there certainly are such products out there, but the vast majority of people tend to look in all the wrong places. Unfortunately, most have been brainwashed by the media and multimillion dollar advertizing campaigns, and as a result, very few people even bother to do any research regarding the skin care products they choose.
We look at a label and read the product can firm up one’s skin, so we go ahead and buy it. However, if you were to study the list of ingredients and then do some research regarding those ingredients, you soon start to discover some of the dark, and potentially very dangerous secrets lurking behind those fancy labels and glossy page adverts.
You will frequently see the term “fragrance” in the list of ingredients, and for the most part, we don’t give it a second thought. In truth however, there are more than 4000 fragrances in existence, many of which are highly carcinogenic. Several studies have also linked some of the most widely used fragrances to a number of disorders such as depression and hyperactivity. Regrettably, even most of the so-called “natural” products contain fragrance in one form or another.
It would be impossible to name all the harmful chemicals which are routinely being used by the cosmetics industry in an article of this length. Some of the most frequently used chemicals which should be avoided at all costs include:
- Parabens – Used primarily as a preservative in many skin care products, these are known to be carcinogenic, they can have a direct impact on the endocrine system, and they also frequently cause rashes and allergic reactions.
- Phenol carbolic acid – Present in a vast number of brand name products, this potentially lethal chemical can seriously disrupt blood circulation, and over exposure can result in a coma or even total respiratory failure, which of course means death.
- Mineral oil – Mineral oils in all forms are detrimental to the skin. They are cheap, and therefore the use of them is widespread in the cosmetics industry, despite the fact that they are proven to clog pores and dry out the skin.
- Triclosan – Present in many of the big name skin care products, this chemical is also widely used in the agricultural sector as a potent weed killer – enough said!
- Dioxane – A byproduct from the petrochemical industry, this chemical has already been classified as a cancer causing substance in several countries, as well as in certain States within the USA.
In this short article, we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg, but already, we can see just how potentially dangerous some skin care products can actually be. Of course you want younger looking skin – we all do, but at the same time, it’s certainly not something worth risking your life for.