Friday, August 20, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics (2010)

So my boyfriend came across this video one day and urged me to watch it. It was a bit lengthy and I was most definitely reluctant at first, but I assure you it is very easy to follow. This video elaborates on the dangers of everyday products that we use, targeting beauty produts especially because women use so much of it. I think that most of us are aware that most products contain small amounts of silicone or some other harmful product, and we usually think that the small amounts are not enough to cause any significant health problems. However, as the video brings to attention, they are only not harmful if we used the products in moderation, which is rarely the case. Men use an average of 6 products daily, while women use an average of 12. In addition to those health products, we are also constantly exposed to cleaning detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals that can make us very sick over time. The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) actually does little to regulate these products. So when we bring them into our home, we cannot necessarily blame ourselves, because we only have so much to choose from. In addition, the label “organic” has no legal standards, and companies do not have to have organic ingredients in their products to label it organic. Furthermore, companies are not required to list all their ingredients, which I find incredibly frightening. Luckily, some companies do have standards, and care about their consumers as much as their profits so not every item out there is dangerous. Even so, this video should serve as a warning or precaution as we continue to be exposed to harmful chemical infused products everyday.

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