Are Your Beauty Products Killing You?

Coal Tar, Lead, Formaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, toluene – these are just some of the deadly chemicals found in your beauty products from lipstick to hair spray. They cause cancer, disrupt hormones, interfere with your bodily functions, irritate skin, increase sensitivity to the sun, affect the nervous system, disrupt the immune system and the list goes on!!

Are the companies responsible for using safe products, or is it the consumer’s responsibility to protect itself? How much should the government be involved? Europe has much tighter restrictions and many of these harmful chemicals are banned there. But what about new chemicals, when one is taken off the market, another one pops up to take its place and can be even more toxic.

You can test the products you use here: Skin Deep

David Suzuki publishes his own list here of toxins to avoid: The Dirty Dozen

Put this handy guide onto your phone or mobile device for reference when you are shopping.

State you opinion on this very important issue for young people. What should we be doing about this? Is this a real concern? 

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23 thoughts on “Are Your Beauty Products Killing You?

  1. Wow, this is a shocking topic to me. I use makeup products daily, especially since I’m in Performing Arts doing ballet and dance. I was never aware of the harmful effects of some beauty products out there. One particularly eye-opening fact I found out about was the dangerous chemicals and gases that are produced from the use of hair straighteners. In my middle-school and early high school years I straightened my hair nearly every day! I’m definitely going to be more conscious of what I’m putting onto my body!! I don’t want to use products that are going to compromise my health and well being. I looked up my products and was in shock to find out that some of the products I use most (like hair spray for my ballet buns EVERY DAY) are in the high risk category! Hopefully, as more awareness is spread about this most if not all make up and cosmetic companies will change their ingredients to produce safe products. I know I will definitely start to look at what I’m buying.

    I also find it surprising that there are not stricter regulations by law on the ingredients of beauty products. Legally, I don’t think it’s right for so many consumers to be buying products to “help” themselves while they are actually being harmed physically. This is an issue that needs to be brought to attention, and changed as soon as possible!

  2. Make up is a way for women, or men to express themselves and make them feel good. However I do feel that the issue on the deadly toxins in make up is important to young people. As a teenage myself, I don’t feel the need to read the ingredients on the blush I’m buying or the lipstick I got. All I think about, as well as most teenagers, “Wow I love this colour. It makes me look good, I’ll get it”. Right then and there I will buy that 40-dollar lipstick that I think will change my life forever, but not in the way I would expect.

    I feel that as teenagers we are not informed of the chemicals in the products we put on our face. “If everyone’s doing it and looking good it means it’s harmless right?” Companies may inform us in the fine lines of their advertisements but everything is glammed up we cant tell the difference from good or bad. Teenagers and adults both but their own skin in danger willingly because we are not well educated in what is really in the products we use and how they affect us.

    If we were to be educated properly, if make up products showed what is really in them, like the ingredient and nutrition chart on cereal boxes people would understand the danger they are putting their skin in. If Europe has banned certain chemicals in their products, how are they still using make up that probably works wonders just like what we have in Canada or America? It’s because we aren’t informed as well as they are. Europeans know the harsh reactions of the products that are in make up, and they took action. Why haven’t we?

  3. In the modern world, make-up is known to be an everyday necessity in many peoples lives. Many refuse to leave the house without it on. What people do not understand is that there are many health issues caused by make-up products. These problems do not just include the common allergic reaction, or skin irritation, it is the possibility of cancer, severe skin conditions, and many other deadly problems. Todays society has been brainwashed to believe without make-up beauty does not exist, leading society to overlook these serious issues. Health standards have come far from what they once were, but not far enough to extinguish theses appalling products. Stricter regulations need to be put in place, it is both, the government and the users responsibility to take action. If society brings this issue to the surface and exposes these cosmetic companies, there should be no question as to why these harmful chemicals continue to co-exist in our everyday make-up. Europe has set the standards to safer makeup products, and has taken action on this worldwide issue, making this danger visible for all to see. People need to look out for themselves, if the government chooses to remain quiet. There is only one life to live, and remaining healthy is the way to live it.

  4. In today’s society, makeup for women is essential. Some would say, they have little to no confidence if they are not covered in a face full of makeup. A women’s first thought when buying makeup is “What will this do for me, how much better will it make me feel?” Since women trust what they see in the magazines, stores, and general advertising, they do not believe that these common products can hurt, and even kill. The consumer should always put themselves first, in the place of health. However, with our judging society expecting the best from every woman, the consumers expect the advertised products to be the best, without notice of the health risk factors. Women should always be aware of the chemicals that go in their bodies, or even just the surface. Women should be more aware of articles like these, and put their health over beauty.

    High end makeup products carry quite the price, however every penny is worth it. “Synthetic chemicals are cheaper, which is why more manufacturers use them.”-www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2011/04/safecosmetic-brands-uncovered/. This quote states that cheap brands are cheap for a reason, and should be avoided if at all possible. There are many natural brands out on the market that have high quality ingredients, and a woman’s health should always come first before looks. I believe a woman should take responsibility and spend the extra money to purchase higher quality products, to live a higher quality life.

    In the article above, it states “How much should the government be involved? Europe has much tighter restrictions and many of these harmful chemicals are banned there.these products really are putting the people at risk, why is the government not helping the people?”. Our government is greedy, and since they can make money off of the cosmetics, they are willing to sacrifice. Little do they know how toxic these ingredients really are. If the government took the time to study and test the products, the market would most likely change. However, cosmetic testing is little priority for a vast country dealing with a million other problems.

    In conclusion, I believe that the consumer should be aware and willing to purchase high quality products. The government should get more involved with marketing, testing, and caring for the people, however it is just not their first priority. Women need to take control of themselves and be more responsible. Spending more money on higher quality items will benefit them in the long run, improving their quality of life. Be aware, research ingredients, and always put health first.

  5. This article really opens your eyes to what chemicals may be hiding in our seemingly harmless beauty products. Advertisements for beauty products are very intriguing and pretty much rope the consumer into buying them. I have seen recently a number of companies offering a pamphlet that lists all the ingredients of a product in the stores the product is sold in, but not many people would realize “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” is harmful and after looking into it, I saw that it is actually in an ingredient in not only beauty products, but also in industrial cleaners. I find it quite odd how that something could be used in a product you would put on your face, but also something to clean a floor. How can a product made to “improve” your appearance actually harm you, and why are companies not trying to improve this? I believe the blame for this can be put onto both the consumer, as well as the company. The consumer is purchasing these items because they simply want to. If they were extremely concerned with the ingredients, they would read about it before purchasing, and ensure the product was safe for them to use. Then the companies are also to be blamed for the dangerous ingredients in their products to begin with. Of course, the main goal of any company is to sell and make a profit. This means they will never advertise the bad parts of the product, as that would turn away the possible consumers from purchasing the product. Companies know what is going into their products, but choose not to tell the consumer, and this puts the blame on them as well. That being said, I believe the government should be looking into what goes into products that millions of people use in the country. Banning the harmful chemicals altogether may not be realistic, but ensuring the amount of the harmful substance being put into the products is in the ‘safe’ range and not enough to really hurt anybody would be possible. This is a real concern and a very important one. Everyone should be aware of what they are buying and companies should make sure their products are actually safe for the consumer to use.

  6. Women all over the world have trouble accepting their appearance. We all have things that we wish we could change about ourselves, whether it be covering up flaws and blemishes or enhancing certain positive attributes. Make up allows us to do these things and gives us a sense of confidence that we may have been lacking. A lot of women wouldn’t voluntarily choose to show what they look like without any primping and preening, hence the multi-billion dollar beauty industry.
    I believe that not only is it the consumer’s responsibility to educate themselves about the products they use, it is also the responsibility of the cosmetic companies to inform buyers of ingredients, health risks and side effects of the products they are selling.
    Fortunately in today’s world, there are other, safer alternatives that use only natural ingredients and are not tested on animals. Sadly, because these options are limited, the cost for the ‘organic’ product is significantly more.
    After reading this article, I personally would consider spending the extra money on natural products. After all, you can’t put a price on your health.

  7. Is it possible that looks can kill? Well, you wouldn’t know unless you happened to look what’s really in your beauty and cosmetic products. There’s nothing that makes you sweat like opening an innocuous e-mail to find a warning about antiperspirants causing breast cancer. Or perhaps reading an article in the New York Times stating with scientific research conducted breast growth in some boys have been linked to certain shampoos. Have you ever wondered how red lipstick is so red? Apparently red lipstick manufacturers use more than just dyes- they use crushed up bugs in the process. These are only a few of the many issues in the beauty industry that none of us ordinary people know about.
    Is this an issue to young women? I think so, but as I said these issues are almost muted in the real world. There are no specials on local news reports, no radio ads no nothing. The average citizen is unaware of the harm some of their products can cause. To prove a point, I asked a few friends to read the article and all of them were shocked. There is no publicity about this issue, so how do we expect women (or men) to know? Especially when cosmetics are already expensive- do women really want to hear that their favourite lipstick contains lead? I would bet they don’t. A healthier option would be organic and eco friendly makeup, but we all know that is much more expensive than regular makeup. Or an even better option to not wear makeup at all, although makeup is a corner stone of self esteem, confidence and being comfortable in your own skin.
    The real answer depends on the consumer, because really they have the power when it comes down to purchasing. Either the consumer does their “homework” and researches safe brands or they feel comfortable trying safe, organic makeup at a higher price. I think personally that makeup brands should be ashamed for a death sentence their potentially putting their customers through, and they should strive for better makeup ingredients that won’t risk one’s health.

  8. Makeup products are one of the many things that boost the confidence level of the female population all over the world. From lipsticks to cover ups; daily “needs” like these are used by both genders of every age. Although makeup products is one of the things that are considered to enhance the beauty of a woman, the effect that it has on your health is extremely detrimental. After reading this article my opinion on makeup products has completely changed, I feel that if something is effecting your body in an unhealthy way , then it is not worth it at all! Research shows that utilizing make products creates numerous skin diseases and irritations in the body. Now the question that arises is who to blame. Thankfully we live in a developed country where the government takes care of most matters including human health, and I believe that the government is to blame for importing such products and promoting them to make profit. Although the ultimate choice is in the hands of the consuming public, the leaders of our country shouldn’t be bringing out such things into our society, that is harmful to human health. Furthermore, consumers should be more concerned about what they are using, and a bit more careful about what they spend there money on. Overall, in my opinion if makeup has to be brought out for the public, then it should be made from natural materials such as herbs and plants. Organic makeup is the way to go, even though it would cost a bit more, in the long run it is totally worth it!

  9. I am no stranger to the cosmetics counter at the pharmacy and in the mall. Personally, I haven’t come across any obvious problems as a result of the chemicals in my makeup. After reading this though I went to the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and looked up some of my most used products. It was alarming to find out that products I am using almost everyday are generally in the moderate risk and some even in the high risk categories. I had heard someone talking about this database before but I slightly looked past it because I had never had any troubles. What I now realize is that even though these chemicals aren’t showing any obvious side effects on me now doesn’t mean they won’t later on and aren’t already harming my body without me noticing. I do think it is both the responsibility of the producer and consumer to have information about what is in these products as well as to be aware what you are actually buying. All cosmetics do have lists on ingredients on the back but majority of people cannot pronounce them and have no idea what they actually are, including myself. There should definitely be some regulations with either warnings or more explanation of what is in these products consumers are so readily buying and companies are so willing to put out on the market regardless of the health effects. I am slightly ashamed because I have been oblivious to what I am buying for so long! There definitely needs to be changes in the future to making people much more aware of the chemicals hidden in everyday products!

  10. Although I do think this is a serious problem I do think it is a consumer responsibility to know what you are putting in or on your body especially when it could have serious risks. Large companies use cheap chemicals to make profits, but I’m sure there are many other companies that make products from organic materials or previously tested chemicals that do not harm the body. If women want to continue to wear makeup then that is their decision to make, but make smart decisions. Ingredients are listed on makeup packaging, do your research on names of chemicals you are not aware of.

  11. Personally, I think it is both the merchant and the consumer’s responsibility to be aware of the harm that these toxins and chemicals can do. I also believe that the government should step in as well because harmful chemicals can lead to an endless amount of health related issues. If the government were to step it, I believe that it should be like our food laws. Everyone knows about genetically modified foods and the affects it has on our bodies but the government has made it a law that everything that goes into our food be listed in the ingredients and makeup should be similar.

    Even though people know about GM foods and all the chemicals that goes into them doesn’t mean they always care to read about it. Makeup should be similar with having all the ingredients listed on the packaging but make it a law like food so at least everyone is aware of what they are putting on their faces. Then I believe it is up to the consumer then to take responsibility of acknowledging these harmful chemicals and then decide if putting it on their face is an option.

  12. Girls always dream to have pretty appearances like the celebrities on the television, and makeup (beauty products) is something generally thought of as making them look pretty. However, beauty products could cause lots of skin reactions and damages. Even that, girls would not stop using cosmetics, because they believe that those products could cover up the “deficiencies’ on their bodies. Therefore, it is a huge issue for teenage girls in today’s society.

    So, is it the merchants’ fault or the customers’ fault that beauty products are damaging a lot of girls’ faces and bodies? I don’t think that merchants or customers should be blamed or be responsible on this issue because they all have their reasons of selling or buying beauty products. For merchants, it is a way of living; and for customers, it is a way of being beautiful. So, in my opinion, it is actually how our society views and defines the word “beauty” and it’s neither the customer nor the merchant’s fault. If there’s not ‘true’ beauty and beauty does not mean big and colourful eyes, smooth skin, and skinny bodies, beauty products would not even exist. And if the girls do not need to use them, their skin and bodies would not get damaged, and the merchants would never be committed such ‘crimes’ like ‘killing’ the girls slowly.

    The government cannot really help those girls if they do not change the way people view beauty. Maybe they should start telling people that everyone should be treated the same instead of telling girls to stop using make-ups and take diet pills. Also, government could tell people to start eating healthily because by eating healthy food, people can get lots of good nutrients, and of course their skin and body will look good after eating them. Furthermore, government could try to rise up the price and taxes on the beauty products a little bit, so there will be less people buying them. Using healthier chemical is a way of helping the girls as well. However, different people have different skin and it will be impossible to find a type of chemical that is suitable for all skin types.

    In conclusion, it would be neither customers nor the companies that should be responsible for the body and skin damages. If people could ignore the ‘rating’ on one’s appearance, everything would be solved easily because beauty products will no longer be needed.

  13. This article was very interesting to read and the title caught my eye. Being a female at the age of 16 years old it caught my eye because I use cosmetics daily. I never know that these toxic chemicals were in my cosmetics or that they were causing health problems such as cancer. I think it is both the costumers fault and the companies fault because if the company is listing the ingredients on that cosmetics then its the customers responsibility to read the ingredients to educate themselves on the health risks. But, the company should be able to make these cosmetics without the harmful chemicals in them. Now that I have read this article I am going to be more careful purchasing cosmetics, I am going to take the time to read the ingredients and if there are harmful chemicals in the cosmetics then I will no longer wear makeup on a daily basis because it is not worth it if it can kill you.

    1. This article is indeed very interesting. Very eye-opening that the companies creating these products do not make the use of chemicals more clear and apparent to consumers. However, there are so many things in our world that causes disease and other complications so can we really be shocked? I think the use of makeup should be reduced, but not eliminated; everything in moderation.

  14. I believe this is a very serious concern. The people using these make-up products are generally young women. They want to look beautiful by any means. If they are not aware of the concerns with the products, they can end up having serious health problems and won’t know the cause of it. If something can kill the potential user it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to tell the consumer. Alcoholic beverages and cigarette packages usually always have a disclaimer. The disclaimer usually states the consequences to using the product. If make-up products have a risk of potentially hurting or killing you then the manufacturer has to take some responsibility for it. Customers should do some of their own research on the product but something like make-up is difficult to. That’s because most people do not even know about the risk and think they shouldn’t have to look into it. All food packages have to put their nutrition facts on to the packages. Why is it any different for make up? They should have to list the ingredients used in the foundations, lipsticks and so on. Make-up is not worth it if it can kill you, however people do not know that. Which is why we should start telling younger people about this important issue.

  15. After reading the article I can say that I am, as a female costumer, take the full responsibility on myself.

    The companies go through tough and strict set laboratory test on behalf of the Ministry of Health.That way if a product has some kind of toxin in it, it will not be sold to the costumers. The issues now are only the different allergies and the sensitivity of different skin types to different chemicals. As a costumer I learned to avoid creams and products that dry or harm my skin. It is also very important for me to use products that were not tested on animal because I believe that there are better ways to find whether a chemical his harmful rather than trying it on animals that would probably never use any of this products anyways.

    another point i want to talk about is that a company usually follows one recipe for most of their product, except one or two ingredients that differ products such as creams from each other just by their smell or their function (such as night cream vs. day cream). This way If as a customer I know that products of one specific company suit my skin type I will stick to that one company and make sure I know those ingredients that differ that one product from the one I used before.

    To conclude my response I will state one more ti,e the the costumers are fully responsible for what they are applying on their skin.

    1. After reading this post I mentally went through a list of all my make up and realized that I could not even name the brand of half of the items. This brought to my attention that I, and as well as many others who I have talked to about this, are buying products that we use on our bare skin with out even knowing what is in it and whether it is harmful or not. We are unconsciously harming our bodies simply because we are, A. not aware of the harm in our makeup, B. not careful enough.

      Companies have the responsibility to provide their consumers with warnings and a list of ingredients to prevent people from using their products unsafely or to let them be aware of what they are using. Therefore, it is the customer’s responsibility to be cautious in what they buy. But what happens when the company doesn’t provide enough information to their customers? What happens when they put a list of chemicals and the consumer has no idea what they are nor what they can do to the human body? The consumer is informed to an extent but not yet fully aware of the danger.

      Whether they provide an informational tutorial or even just a booklet listing the harms that can come along with their products, they need to do something. It isn’t fully their responsibility if harm does come out of the product, because the consumer also should be more cautious in what they buy. But it is still on their plate in the end of it all. That is why they should provide details on what their product can do to you if not used properly.

      To conclude, although it is not solely the company’s responsibility to provide safe products, they should still have more descript and precise warnings. But it is also somewhat the consumer’s responsibility to be more cautious in the beauty products that they purchase.

  16. This is a very interesting topic that affects many females.

    My beliefs are that if the companies are listing these ingredients in the description on the product then it is the costumer’s responsibility to choose which products to buy. The information is handed to them, what they do with it is their choice. There are many products labeled “natural” being sold, usually for a higher cost. Most people know that these natural products are better for them but choose not to buy them because of the high price.

    Although I believe it is the customer’s responsibility to choose the right product for themselves, I also believe that the customer should know about these facts when they are buying the products. Since a lot of people do not read the ingredients when buying beauty products, the companies should label the harmful chemicals on the front of their product where it is more visible. The government could be involved by making sure the companies are listing the toxins, and the harmful effects they could cause, so that the customer is aware of them.

    Most customers are not aware of these risks. I believe that the government should inform them. They could take a step in advertising these risks to the public so that everyone is aware of them. They should also promote and suggest healthier alternate choices for their citizens. The government should protect us from the harmful features in this world.

    -Masa Cuk

  17. The article, “Are Beauty Products Killing You?” raises many concerns, for young people especially. As our generation is proving to be the most inventive by spewing out new environmental strategies, job prospects, high-tech equipment and even esthetics. With all our new enhancements to our lifestyles and the products we are mass-producing,we must realize the amount of waste we are leaving behind. These wastes that are either intentionally or unintentionally lingering have consequences that pertain to us and our health.

    As a young woman , esthetics come into my daily routine. Already having prior knowledge about harmful chemicals (i.e coal tar, lead, formaldehyde, mineral oil, oxybenzone, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, toluene), I had suspicions that some may be included in my feminine care products but not all that were listed in the article or Suzuki`s link.So to answer the question if it’s the consumers responsibility to protect themselves, or the companies for them using safe products I would have to say both of us should be taking on the responsibility of what we consume.

    Where ever you reside,your countries ethics may be lined up differently. In Europe’s` case they have the upper hand in my eyes,tighter restrictions on harmful chemicals means less long term effects in terms of health conditions.I truly believe our government should have stronger threshold on pharmaceuticals and hygiene products harmful chemical content.Updating courses`overall and upping the anti within medical fields and science research would aid us to understand the effects of chemical consumption. It would be a great step forward for us a constantly evolving generation.

    All in all Canada should obtain higher restrictions on “Beauty Products“ being consumed by the public. We also as a whole country must be aware of what we are purchasing and applying to our bodies/lives. Being educated is our number one resource to protecting ourselves.

  18. After reading this post, I neither blamed the consumers nor the companies. In my opinion, the one at fault is the government. I think it’s the government’s responsibility to protect the consumers from potentially harmful chemicals found in cosmetics. Like Carly said in her comment, not everyone has knowledge in chemistry and the potential harm specific chemicals have on biological systems (mutagens, carcinogens, etc.), therefore it’s not the consumers fault. Some would argue that it’s the companies’ fault, and that they shouldn’t include such chemicals in their cosmetics to begin with, but the truth is that the amount of these harmful chemicals found in the cosmetics is, according to government regulations, not enough to cause immediate harm. In my opinion, this problem can be solved by having the government test these chemicals and their effects and create stricter regulations. Another important thing is that consumers must become more educated about things like this. In our time new knowledge, especially regarding science, is being found at an exponential rate, and in my opinion people should keep up with these findings, or at least have an overview/idea on what’s going on. If not, consumers could be easily manipulated into falling for companies’ marketing tricks. I know this might sound cliche, but knowledge truly is power.

  19. Post reading this article, I went to my own make-up bag (halfly because i was concerned) but also becuase I was curious. None of the brands I use (covergirl, l’oreal, Revlon, Chanel) have any of the listed harmful ingredients in them. This was initially a big relief, until I re-read the article to see that those are just some of the harmful ingredients that could be used in make up ingredients.

    99% of the ingredients I read on the labels of my own make up I wouldnt know if they were harmful or not until I did my research, to see if they could potentially harm me. Who really has the time of day to do this? Not someone who has no allergies or reaction to their make up probably just those who have skin conditions, mineral allergies etc. So even if I did read every label of ever make up purchase I make I’m not going to know whats harmful what isn’t im just going to waste 10 minutes reading and not understanding. This isn’t the costumers fault however that they arent chemeists and determine good from bad ingerdients, if i develop a rash from something im not going to use it again its as simple as that, next time i shop ill buy something else, this may not be the most intelligent way to go about this but it’s the simpliest and im pretty sure the most common than researching every lsit of ingredients.

    Us not researching and knowing good from bad could infact benefit the compnay as they could use harmful ingerdients, promote it to be the best thing since sliced bread make a ton of money on it, and still have costumers. The ones who reacted to it would believe its just them and they need a new product. The people who didn’t would keep buying. Although companies may get away with this sometimes, I have a little more faith in them in believeing that they would test it, take their results into account and make the best product and safest it could be (not all companies of course)

    Us as consumers, cant really do anything about this, the only thing i feel that could control the use of unsafe materials would be some sort of test that a company would have to pass to put a product on the market, their testing results would have to be decent, the ingerdients would have to be thoroughly looked at. In reality if you concerned about the make up and the harm you should stop wearing make up or do your research, the only way we can control our use of harmful ingredients would be by knowing everything in that bottle of foundation, blush, etc. Because the products with harmful ingredients are getting away with it some how.

  20. This is an interesting article and while reading through it I thought of many points that i could comment on, although, the points in which i thought of were split into two different arguments. opposing sides, if you will.

    First of all, from the customers point of view, when picking up a powder foundation or bronzer for example, the majority of the population doesn’t ever take the time to read the label and what harmful ingredients are thrown into the mix. The customer just wants what is going to make her look “beautiful”. As long as she looks “beautiful” it doesn’t really matter what harmful ingredients are in it. If Taylor Swift uses “Covergirl Dream Powder Magical Amazing Foundation”, then EVERY girl must use it, no matter what the company uses to create it. As long as the world stays “gorgeous”, and yes, people will go to extreme lengths to looks “gorgeous”.

    On the other hand, i believe that these cosmetic companies are extremely smart. These companies should be commended on their amazing marketing skills. They do such a marvelous job advertising, the customers don’t notice that the companies just “happened” to leave out the harmful ingredients in commercial ads or cardboard stands in stores.The companies are concerned with the money they make. They don’t care if “Becky from Carlisle” developed a rash on her face after using one of their products.

    So at the end of this argument, are the customers really to blame, or are the companies at fault? I’m undecided. Are the customers just oblivious? or are the companies just deviously smart?

    1. To begin, I found that by reading this article there were many points that stood out to me, but the major one would be the effect that makeup has on the human body. It creates a variety of illnesses from long time uses and can be responsible for diseases that a person may develop. This leads to the question on who to blame and why they are being blamed? I believe each person plays their role because firstly, the consumer is the one that wants to purchase the product and if they did not want the product, there would not be a product to begin with. Furthermore, the ultimate choice is in the consumer’s hands and it comes down to their decision on whether they want to buy a product with organic ingredients or chemicals. On the other hand, the majority of the time customers cannot pay for the products that have organic ingredients because they simply do not have the money to do it. This leads to the responsibility of the company because they should be the ones using safe and health conscious additives. Even though it makes it less expensive for them, they should be taking into account the effects that certain chemicals have on human health.
      In the end, chemicals that can affect human health from makeup products are a real concern to consumers. The responsibilities rely on both the consumer and the company to ensure that both are making health concerning decisions.

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