Something I am constantly having a go at women about but do they want to listen to the Field Marshall? Noooooooo.
Now it’s in on a mainstream site (one they don’t mind being dictated to through) maybe they’ll pay attention now. By the way, text in bold is by me.
Women absorb 5lb of chemicals from cosmetics every year – from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eyeshadow. We tested two beauty junkies to reveal the shocking toll on their bodies…
Charlotte Kohl and her sister Emma are attractive young women. Their looks, they admit, are very important to them, which is why, between them, they use more than 70 different beauty and cosmetic products every day.
Take Charlotte, 27, an estate agent from East London. Each evening, after slathering her face with a concoction of night creams, she sleeps with a dental bleaching kit on her teeth and fake tan all over her body.
Every morning, she uses an array of products in the shower, ranging from shower gels and exfoliating scrubs to ‘body building’ lotions to give life to her fine hair.
Her make-up regime includes blusher, bronzer, eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara, and she never leaves the house without covering her head in a thick cloud of hairspray.
Fucking yuk. I don’t see this as a particularly rare example either. Most females splatter themselves with poisons to varying degrees, for reasons I’ll get to at the end of the article.
Her 24-year-old sister Emma, a personal trainer, follows a similar routine, but she also has an obsession with lipgloss: she owns 60 different ones and touches up her lips every few minutes.
In a bid to ensure she always has fresh breath, Emma also cleans her teeth seven times a day and carries a tube of toothpaste in her handbag, which she rubs into her teeth and gums at almost hourly intervals.
Insecure are we? These firms must be making some serious cash!
Between them, the two girls get through four cans of deodorant a week, and spend £1,000 a month on cosmetics.
Yes, women really do spend that much on this shit. This doesn’t include shoes, then handbags to match the shoes, and a dress to match the handbag, oh oh oh, and those earrings that singer was wearing, and sweets, partying, buying cocktails, restaurants and the like.
No wonder the majority of Britain’s debt is owned by women.
“We have been into cosmetics since we reached our teens,” says Emma.
They sound like crack heads.
“We’re the sort of people who rush out to buy a new mascara just because it claimed to do more for our eyelashes than any other mascara previously.
“I’m a complete sucker for anything that says it can make me look or feel better, or that is endorsed by a celebrity.”
Independent women. Strong in spirit and esteem.
And Charlotte and Emma are not alone. Last year, Britons spent £6.4billion on cosmetics and grooming products, with the average woman applying 12 toiletries every day.
No, not Britons. Women spent all that money on the crap. This oh-so-softly approach to women’s issues is the reason they’re not GETTING THE MESSAGE. You need to tell people straight these days.
But here’s the rub – these toiletries can bring with them at least 175 chemical compounds.
A recent study found that British women are one of the heaviest users of cosmetics in Europe and, as a result, we ingest through our skin, and occasionally through the mouth, up to 5lb of chemicals a year.
Take Emma’s favourite fuzzy peach lipgloss for instance: she loves its colour and the fact it ‘tastes nice’, but according to the list of ingredients, it contains 28 manmade chemicals.
Her deodorant contains 26 chemicals and Charlotte’s hairspray has 23.
Of course, the manufacturers would say these chemicals and resulting products are safe, but a growing school of thought begs to differ.
Seriously, never trust corporations or what they say, I don’t have time to tell you everything I know, but just trust me on this.
As part of a new television documentary, presented by Sarah Beeny (who for the past two years has been on a personal mission to remove as many chemicals from her lifestyle as possible), Charlotte and Emma agreed to have their blood and urine tested for a selection of chemicals found in their cosmetics.
They were then challenged to live without their beauty products for eight days, swopping everything for natural chemical-free varieties.
They also stopped using domestic cleaning products.
Like they ever used many domestic cleaning products anyway lol.
The results will surprise even those who find it hard to believe that everyday cosmetics could really be doing us any harm.
Certainly, both sisters did not think there would be anything potentially dangerous in their make-up bags.
Remember when that televisual box in the corner used to talk about the virtues of smoking cigarettes or using lead? They even had doctors on the shows.
This is what corporations do. They USE you to 1. Make billions off of, and 2. Launder their toxic waste through.
Just watch the film, The Flouride Deception, explains how Aluminum firms paid off the government to allow them to stick their flouride (waste product scrapped off of the cooling towers) in the publics drinking water. Back to the article anyway.
“The ridiculous thing is that I’ve always tried to avoid chemicals whenever I can,” says Emma.
“I always buy organic food.
“I never in a million years thought I could be exposed to chemicals which could damage me through my make-up.
“Make-up makes me feel good and it wouldn’t have even crossed my mind that it could be doing me harm.”
And women can’t feel good without consuming? No wonder everyone markets their wares to females.
Cosmetics contain many different kinds of chemicals, but of particular concern are a group of preservatives called parabens, which by some estimates are found in 99per cent of all ‘leave on’ cosmetics, and 77per cent of ‘rinse off’ cosmetics.
These are known hormone disruptors: evidence suggests they can mimic the female hormone oestrogen, and a lifetime of increased exposure to oestrogen is linked to a heightened risk of breast cancer.
One study found parabens present in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tissue samples (though it is important to note that the study did not prove they’d actually caused the breast cancer).
Parabens are also thought to adversely affect male reproductive functions.
Another reason to avoid those dodgy bitches who plaster themselves with fake-up.
Another troubling chemical is the antibacterial agent and pesticide triclosan, which is used in toothpastes, soaps, household cleaning products and body washes.
It belongs to the chlorophenol class of chemicals, which are suspected of causing cancer in humans and taken internally, even in small amounts, can cause cold sweats, circulatory problems and – in extreme cases – coma.
Also of concern are phthalates, a substance that gives our lotions that silky, creamy, texture, but which are also a ‘plasticiser’ used to make plastics flexible.
Certain phthalates are known carcinogens, and studies have suggested they damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and the reproductive system, as well as affecting the development of unborn baby boys.
The list goes on. Sodium laureth sulphate, a frequent ingredient in shower gels and shampoos, is a skin irritant; Propylene glycol, found in soap, blushers and make-up remover, has been shown in large quantities to depress the central nervous system to make it function less effectively, and aluminum in deodorants is linked to breast cancer by medical research.
And did you know that certain eye shadows contain arsenic?
Get the point people?
One thing is for sure: few of us would want to rub any of these chemicals into our eyes, far less ingest them in liquids by drinking them.
Yet, every day, we rub them into our skin, and allow them to enter our bodies.
Given the facts, it’s hardly surprising that a growing number of experts believe these substances have a cumulative effect on our bodies.
They think the ‘chemical cocktail’ inside us is contributing to the increased frequency of a host of illnesses ranging from eczema to cancers as well as developmental problems such as autism and dyslexia.
“It’s difficult to see the link between chemicals in cosmetics and damage to health unless you stand back and look at the wider picture,” says Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton, author of Toxic Overload and supporter of the campaign group Chemical Safe Skincare.
“Man-made chemicals first emerged 100years ago, and every decade since, the overall production of these synthetic chemicals has doubled.
“We are surrounded by chemicals: in the air, in our food, in our water and especially in our cosmetics, and the fact is that our bodies can’t break many of these substances down.
This is just the tip of a very big iceberg.
“Our systems are becoming more polluted and we are beginning to see the results of that in terms of increased illnesses and even birth defects, especially in boys.
“There is no doubt that one of the ways we are exposing ourselves to these chemicals is through our cosmetics.”
Dr Baillie-Hamilton also thinks that absorbing chemicals through our skin is more dangerous than swallowing them.
“At least if you ingest chemicals through your mouth, your digestive system can do something towards dealing with them,” she says.
“If they go through your skin they hit your blood stream immediately and are then transported to vital organs such as kidney and liver, where they may be stored for many years.”
How many illnesses can be attributed to combinations of man-made chemicals I wonder.
So how did Emma and Charlotte’s chemical detox pan out?
Before they started, both girls had to get rid of all their old products.
The contents of their make-up bags and bathroom cabinets filled a black bin liner, and they were given alternative products, from ranges including Elave, Skin Shop, Aubrey Organics, Jane Iredale, Burts Bees and Purenuffstuff. Household cleaning products came from Ecover.
“At first, I really missed my own cosmetics and our new make-up didn’t seem that good,” says Charlotte.
“The chemical-free mascara I was using didn’t seem to hold onto my lashes and the hairspray felt as if I was spraying my hair with water.
Well would you rather spray your hair with water or plastic?
“I had to reapply the natural lipgloss so many times because it kept rubbing off.”
Emma agrees: “We went out one night with our new make-up on and it was hopeless, the hairspray didn’t hold, the lipgloss kept rubbing off and I ended up less than fragrant, too, because the natural deodorant wasn’t powerful enough.”
I guess they were afraid of letting people see the real ‘them’.
During the experiment, perhaps to encourage them not to go back to their old products, the girls were given information about their usual make-up.
For instance, the average woman eats, albeit unwittingly, five lipsticks a year, which in her lifetime is the equivalent volume of 1.5 blocks of lard.
But Emma’s lipgloss obsession means that she’ll eat 54 lipglosses a year – the equivalent of eight blocks of lard during her lifetime.
And that’s on top of all the chemicals it contains.
Charlotte’s obsession with hairspray is just as troublesome.
“I was shown that when its sprayed onto a smooth surface, hairspray solidifies into a clear plastic that you can actually peel off in solid form,” says Charlotte.
“Not only had I been putting this onto my head all day, but I’d also been unwittingly breathing it in. I was effectively-clogging up my lungs with plastic.”
The girls’ monthly trips to the hairdresser to have their hair coloured are fraught with hidden dangers.
People who use permanent hair dye are more than twice as likely to develop bladder cancer as those that don’t.
Both ammonia and paraphenylenediamine (PPD) – chemical substances used in dyes – can cause allergic reactions, too.
As the experiment progressed, Charlotte and Emma began to grow accustomed to their new products, and to discover brands they felt were comparable to their old make-up.
“I began to realise it was just a question of getting used to using different brands,” says Emma.
“After a week, we’d both completely forgotten that we weren’t using our own make-up and were putting on the chemical-free alternatives as though nothing had changed.”
So at the end of the eight days, had such a detox really made a difference to the chemical levels found in their bodies? The highest reading of parabens found in humans is 730mg per litre of urine.
Tests taken at the beginning of the experience had revealed that Charlotte had 650mg, which is in the higher range. Her reading fell dramatically to 21mg at the end of the experiment.
Her level of triclosan – found in toothpaste and body washes – fell from 490mg per litre to zero.
“I was shocked at the results,” says Charlotte. “I hadn’t believed we’d see such a dramatic difference in such a short time, let alone as a result of something as simple as changing our cosmetics.
“Once I understood what our old cosmetics contained, psychologically it felt better to be using chemical-free alternatives. We both noticed our skin seemed brighter and smoother.
“Our eyes were also brighter and our hair felt softer.”
No way! Avoiding these chemicals is good for you!
Emma’s results showed an equally dramatic fall in triclosan levels, which fell from 90mg per litre to just 2mg per litre.
Her paraben level was more surprising – it actually increased from its initial level of 7mg per litre of urine, though medical experts point out that parabens can be taken into the body through eating dried and snack foods, in which they are used as preservatives, and medicines, so Emma’s diet during the experiment may have had a bearing.
“What really hit home to me was that the way we go about our daily life really does have an instant impact on chemical levels in our bodies,” she says.
“It made me realise that I am being bombarded with chemicals from all sorts of directions, many of which I can’t avoid. Anything I can do to cut back, can only be a good thing.”
Since the experiment finished, both girls have continued to use natural make-up where possible and switched to natural cleaning products.
Charlotte has reduced her use of hairspray and Emma now cleans her teeth a sensible twice a day.
Both girls use a natural deodorant, which contains no chemicals.
“We don’t want to get fanatical about it, and the fact is that certain chemical-free cosmetics don’t work as well,” says Emma.
“We’ve yet to find a chemical-free mascara that is as good as my normal one, and chemical-free hair dye isn’t that great either.
“But for pretty much everything else there is an excellent chemical free alternative.
“Given what we’ve learned, it would be madness to go on as we were.”
Related article. 447 COSMETICS ON U.S. SHELVES UNSAFE WHEN USED AS DIRECTED.
It’s quite something, to see a woman go through the process of transforming herself from who she is, to who she thinks other people want to see.
This insecurity stems not only from women’s psychological issues, but also from social pressures. Women were taught to try and compete like men do. Thanks feminism.
These women, wanting to compete with each use the most effective way they know how.
Women have always used their look to skip rungs on the social ladder, find a more eligible (richer) male, swing decisions in their favour etc.
With the advent of the television and other mainstream media (national newspapers etc) the corporations had the perfect opportunity to start manipulating the free-minded public and converting them into consumers.
Why? The goal of the corporation is to increase profits and power, forever, until there is no more money to be made and no more power to be had. To guarantee this power they wanted to control their customers, that way they could be sure of people buying their products.
Edward Bearnaise, Freud’s cousin, pioneered the mass manipulation of society for the corporations back in the 1920’s, linking products to emotions and then manipulating emotions to ‘force’ consumers to buy your product.
You know how it is. You’ve got SPOTS! Oh no! Buy this or all the girls will HATE you FOREVER.
You NEED this car, it’s SEXY, look at the hot girls smiling and waving at the man in that CAR, BUY IT NOW or you’ll be a LOSER.
Why do you think, in fashion, new trends come out every ‘season’? No no, that blue dress you bought is OLD, black is the NEW blue etc.
Or however the fuck they do it.
Another comment on women and make-up is that the benefits are temporary. Understand that women? The chemicals actually age you. It’s another reason why old women look like shit and old men don’t. A lifetime of caustic chem’s is never going to go down well with the body.
Think about that.
I am at risk at beginning a whole new article about how the corporations are all in league, the banking cartels own them all and push a particular agenda.
But that is beyond the scope of this site. If I get enough attention about this, I’ll write one.
In the meantime, look at the ingredients in vaccines. Starting with ‘Mercury in flu vaccines?‘.
I’ll put the MMR vaccine here for a taster.
MMR – Measles-Mumps-Rubella Merck & Co., Inc. 800.672.6372
* measles, mumps, rubella live virus, neomycin sorbitol, hydrolized gelatin, chick embryonic fluid, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
Needless to say, make yourselves aware, and have a good weekend.