Is your make-up killing you?
Ahead of a new Channel documentary, presented by Sarah Beeny, we take a look at this risks of cosmetics
Beauty Addicts: How Toxic Are You?, Thursday, October 11, Channel 4, 8pm 2007
It is estimated that women absorb as much as 5lb of chemicals from cosmetics every year - quite a staggering figure.
Eating organic, natural foods is now a way of life for many, but what we put on our skin is just as important. We are exposed to a vast array of chemicals in beauty care products.
These include cancer causing compounds, parabens (hormone distrupters) and even arsenic, but in total there are over there are over 1000 chemicals used regularly in cosmetics all of which could be hazardous to your health and well-being. nd of course, it is the build up and accumulation of these chemicals that perhaps causes greater concern, especially when you consider the toxic attack from other household products and enviornmental toxins.
The average British women applies 12 toiletry products a day, and in the UK, around £6.4billion is spent on cosmetics and grooming products each year
Dr Baillie-Hamilton - "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."
Thankfully, more and more truly natural products are coming on the market. It should be noted that there are many products that whilst they lean on the phrase natural, as they may contain some natural ingredients, that are at best misleading.
In our natural cosmetics section you will find some truly natural and sae cosmetics
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