Growing up, i have heard people always say “You are what you eat” and over time I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, every aspect of our existence matters, do you think what we put on our body is just as significant as what we put in our body and why?

From the time you wake up each morning, you start up your day with brushing your teeth with toothpaste, it doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man, it is likely that you use some form of personal care product daily.

The moment you step out of bed, the routine begins.

morning makeup routine

You will all agree that the first thing most of us do in the morning is to brush your teeth with toothpaste, clean your skin with a shower gel, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, use shaving cream, deodorant, apply lotion, perfume or cologne and if you’re a woman, you can add makeup to mix it up.

It is essential not only to eat healthy food but also to maintain a great healthy lifestyle.

According to Zion Market Research, by 2024, the global skincare market is estimated to reach USD 863 Billion. The skincare industry has witnessed a shift from demand from older consumers to a growing younger consumer base.

Personal care and beauty product sales are on the rise and are projected to register rapid growth from 3.5 to 4.5% between 2015 and 2020. It is anticipated to reach USD 500 billion by 2020. 

The Asia Pacific accounts for a major share in the global personal care industry; increasing demand in the region is attributed to its bulging population. In the U.S, the growing Hispanic population is propelling the demand for luxurious personal care brands and will likely escalate during the forecast years. 

In 2016, 57 percent of U.S. women said it was important to buy all-natural skincare products.

In South Korea, consumers take up to a dozen steps in their daily skincare routine, while Chinese consumers prefer one-step products supplemented by sheet masks, sometimes twice daily. 

In Indonesia, scalp freshener products are popular with Islamic women wearing the hijab. In the US, men’s grooming is one of the fastest-growing market segments in personal care.

It is quite obvious that the Beauty or cosmetic products industry is one of the sectors that remained unaffected, despite the fluctuations in the economy. Cosmetic sales have maintained a certain volume throughout its overall products. 

The sale can be attributed to the increasing and consistent usage of products, especially by men and women. Personal care companies are making their products available online at competitive prices. 

The internet has an impact on every business category be it deodorant or shaving products. Customers are now willing to purchase the goods that can come directly to them through online retailing.  

Clearly, personal care is an expanding, highly regionalized and increasingly diverse market. Product categories include toothpaste, fragrances, mouthwashes, hair care, and dyeing products, cosmetics and products for nail care, bathing and shaving. 

The chemical ingredients for these products include surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, cosmetic active ingredients, pigments, UV filters and thickeners, and protein compounds.

60% of what you put on your body, goes in!

few disadvantages of using skincare products.
Skin Acne caused by use of harmful skin products

It is said that our skin is the largest organ in our body. So, therefore 60 percent of the products you put on your skin is absorbed and eventually reach the bloodstream. 

This becomes a scary statistic when you think of it, considering that most traditional beauty products or makeup contain chemicals that are not only toxic to humans but are also carcinogens. 

With regular use, your body absorbs these artificial additives which can make you sick. Such that when your body is sick, the appearance of your skin suffers; you look less healthy and radiant.

Skincare products with the chemical constitution, however, should be used wisely and with professional help because they might cause skin problems and may even increase the problem on the first hand.

 Let us go through a few disadvantages of using skincare products.

  • Dependency. This is one of the dreadful disadvantages that one might have to incur due to over-dependency on chemicals. The problem is that chemical-based products have after effects and side effects. 

Also, many of us are allergic to certain components which in case of carelessness and ignorance can actually cause trouble. The creams can also fasten the aging of the skin if used regularly, excessively for a long time and then discontinued for further use.

  • Limitations and extra care. People like me who feel subdued and bondage if made to use the products for a longer period of time. I feel it really irritating while using certain products that insist on maintaining the dietary constituents and also limit the food intake.
  • Damage to internal organs. Many have a misconception that makeup and cosmetics are applied on the upper layer of skin and if any side effect is caused then only the top layer of the skin is affected. 

But, you should not forget that there are uncountable pores that are present on the skin, which helps the skin to respire and excrete waste from the body in the form of sweat.

The chemicals present in these products seep into the bloodstream from these pores and attacks the internal organs slowly but it can be deadly because it may completely damage the organ.

  • Damage to the nervous system. It is not known to many that the nervous system of a human is also attacked by the utilization of the result of excessive usage. 

The makeup products like lipsticks, kajal, and eyeshadows have contents, including lead, sodium and mineral oil that can affect the nervous system so badly that it may cause high blood pressure and other behavioral abnormalities. 

  • Skin cancer. The chemicals of these products are so harmful that it may cause severe skin diseases like cancer. Mercury and parabens is a chemical used as preservatives in many beauty brands, but these chemicals may cause cancer. Parabens are added to the products to inhibit bacteria, but actually, this chemical triggers the growth of cancer cells in the body.

Besides these chemicals that are being used for the production of personal care products is bad for your overall health, the synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and beauty products may be bad for your skin. 

cosmetic use should not trigger a breakout of acne or any other skin problem. If this does occur, it is likely that you are reacting to an ingredient in the product. 

By using natural products, you reduce your risk of this kind of reaction. Traditional products fill your skin cells with these chemicals, which prevents them from operating and their best and therefore prevents them from looking their best.

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Here is a short list of chemicals founded in cosmetics and their effects on your body:

  • SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
    SLS builds up in the heart, lungs, brain, and liver from skin contact and may cause damage to these organs. may cause hair to fall out. 

Damages the immune system. Impairs proper structural formation of young eyes Found in toothpaste, soap, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, facial cleansers.

  • Aluminum
    There’s a link between aluminum and breast cancer. Its use in deodorants blocks the pores of the skin preventing toxins from being excreted. 

The toxins then go to the closest fat reserve: the breasts. Heavy concentrations may be linked to Alzheimer’s dementia.

  • Mineral Oil/ Parabens
    Are chemicals commonly used as preservatives in many foods and cosmetic products, including makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving creams/gels.

 It forms an oily layer on the skin and traps moisture under the skin thus preventing the skin from breathing. 

At the same time, it stops toxins and wastes from escaping. It causes testicular tumors in the fetus to prevent the absorption of vitamin A from the intestines. Found in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation, and creams.

  • Synthetic Perfumes
    Behind this simple word hide 200 chemical products that are unabashedly unlisted. 

Some problems caused by these chemical products are headaches, dizziness, hyper-pigmentation, violent cough, vomiting, and skin irritation. 

These materials are among the most common allergic causes. 95% of the chemicals used are compounds of Petroleum. They are poisoning and can lead to different types of cancer, birth defects, irregularities in the nervous system, and responses to various allergies.

  • Artificial colors
    Resulting from the distillation of coal to give texture and color can contain a variety of toxins (benzene, xylene, naphthalene), recognized for causing allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness, lack of concentration and cancer.

What can you do in order to avoid these toxic ingredients?

Here are a few things that you can do to better protect yourself and your family from exposure to harmful cosmetic ingredients.

  • Take shorter showers. During warm showers, you not only inhale airborne chemicals from the water streaming over you, but you also open your pores to more easily absorb chemicals from your personal care products. 

Keep your showers short and sweet. And if your water supply is highly chlorinated, you might consider a charcoal filter for your showerhead.

  • Avoid personal care products that list parabens as ingredients. Identified as endocrine-disrupting compounds, parabens have been found in the urine of almost everyone tested. 

These chemicals, which are commonly found in commercial products, are also often used as preservatives in cosmetics and such personal care products as deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, hair styling gels, shaving gels, and lotions. 

Common names for this class of chemicals include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

  • Look for personal care products marked “fragrance-free” instead of “unscented”. The cosmetics industry is woefully unregulated, and companies often use reassuring labels that carry little meaning. 

Many of the products labeled as “unscented” contain masking fragrances to cover up a chemical smell; these fragrances, in turn, may contain phthalates, which are endocrine-disrupting compounds that have been associated with cancer, impaired fertility, and male birth defects.

  • Avoid using nail polish and hairspray, as they often contain phthalates. Dibutyl phthalate, for example, which is used to keep nail polish from chipping, has been found to increase the likelihood that laboratory animals will give birth to offspring with birth defects, especially of the male reproductive system. 

Other common ingredients in nail polish, such as toluene and xylene, are neurotoxins. If you do choose to wear nail polish and use hairspray, select brands with the least harmful ingredients, and remember to apply the polish and hairspray outside or in a well-ventilated area. 

If you frequent a nail salon, consider taking your own nail polish, one you know to be less harmful.

  • Go DIY. Yes, you can make your own cosmetics and get the personal satisfaction of knowing what is going on your skin. 

This is a great opportunity to team up with a friend or family member and uncover the excitement of creating your own safe beauty products using nontoxic (organic when available) ingredients. 

Check out the scores of websites and YouTube videos that provide instructions on how to make lipstick, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, mascara, and more.

  • Learn which cosmetics companies avoid or are phasing out harmful chemicals. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is encouraging cosmetics companies whose products meet or exceed current European Union formulation standards to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. 

To learn more about the compact and other cosmetics-related issues, visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, EWG’s Skin Deep and Think Before You Pink websites.

  • Use fewer cosmetics. It’s time to take an inventory of your cosmetic supply and usage and weed out the items you really don’t need. 

Be honest with yourself—even ask your best friend what she thinks about your makeup use. Not only will you be doing your health a favor, but you’ll also save money as well.

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In Conclusion: It all depends on you and how you want to use these products. In one way, they have their advantages on the other they might cause problems for us. 

Therefore I intend to use as many organic products as possible. Also, the regular exercises and healthy fruit diet always contributes towards healthy and youthful skin. 

As far as soaps and shampoos are concerned I go for the mild one with herbal ingredients and water-based. 

But then again it all depends upon the skin type so make sure you are in the best position and company to research before you choose to actively use any of these products. 

Know that your cosmetics can harm you and take steps to preserve your health.

Best skincare products are developed to keep extra care of sensitive skins so the user does not have to regret his/her choice.

What other measures can one take to protect their body against such chemicals?

Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Hussenatou Kehinde Diallo

I am sharing things I am learning through my blog and other interest. When am not writing, am either spending time in nature, doing yoga, meditating or reading.


Jeffery Mark · September 6, 2019 at 10:57 am

This is a thorough and up to date article about our body growth… Interesting post

    Hussenatou Kehinde Diallo · October 25, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Thank you Mark,

    Glad you found the article interesting.

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