Gals, cheers: Daily Chemcial Cocktail

Filed under: beauty,Hong Kong,News,wow! — pinksealife @ 13:30

From Daily Telegraph UK:

Body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year

Women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 5lb of chemicals a year into their bodies, it is claimed.

Many use more than 20 different beauty products a day striving to look their best while nine out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date.

Dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed into the body through the skin.

Some synthetic compounds involved have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to premature ageing and cancer.

Richard Bence, a biochemist who has spent three years researching conventional products, said: “We really need to start questioning the products we are putting on our skin and not just assume that the chemicals in them are safe.

“We have no idea what these chemicals do when they are mixed together, the effect could be much greater than the sum of the individual parts.” Mr Bence, an advocate of organic beauty products, believes that absorbing chemicals through the skin in more dangerous than swallowing them.

He said: “If lipstick gets into your mouth it is broken down by the enzymes in saliva and in the stomach. But chemicals get straight into your bloodstream, there is no protection.”

Warnings over using out-of-date lipstick and mascara have also been issued by the Royal College of Optometrists which believes such items are a “hothouse” for harmful bacteria.

Clio Turton, of the Soil Association, said: “Many women are using over 20 different products a day, bombarding themselves with hundreds of different chemicals. They should be asking themselves ‘is that eyelash conditioner really essential?’ ”

Among chemicals under scrutiny are parabens (para-hydroxybenzoic acids) which are preservatives used in products including soap, shampoo, deodorant and baby lotion. Traces of parabens have been found in breast tumour samples, although its link to the development of the cancer is disputed.

Sodium lauryl sulphate, used to help create lather in soaps, shampoo, shaving foam, toothpaste and bubble bath, can cause skin irritation.

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association said there was no reason for worry because the products were covered by European Union rules requiring them to be safe.

A spokesman said: “The cocktail effect is an urban myth. We do know how different chemicals react individually and can predict how they interact with each other and this is taken into account when the safety of products is assessed.”

From a typical city girl:

Step 1: Fancl 保濕潔面粉 (成分: 氨基酸系潔淨成分、氨基酸)
Step 2: Fancl水療補濕液 (成分:特效抗菌因子、黃柏精華、綠茶精華、植物SOD、保濕纖維素、甘草精草)
Step 3: Fancl特效美白精華(成分:美白導入精華、持續型維他命C誘導體、淡斑精華、霍霍巴葉精華、甘草成分誘導體

Step 4: Lancome Primordiale Optimum Moisturizer SPF15(成分:一大堆chemicals)
Step 5: Lancome UV Expert DNA Shield SPF50++(成分:另一堆chemicals)
Step 6: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (成分:Unknown)
Step 7: Lancome Maquicomplet (成分:Unknown)
Step 8: shu uemura eyebrow pencil (成分:Unknown)
Step 9: Versace Flash on Eyes eyeliner (成分:Unknown)
Step 10: shu uemura blush / Eye shadow (成分:Unknown)
Step 11: Lancome Juicy Tube Lip Gloss (成分:Unknown)
Step 12: Lancome CILS BOOSER XL Mascara Base + AMPLICILS Waterproof Mascara (成分:Unknown)

晚上回家, 又重複一次
Step 13: shu uemura Skin Purifier (成分:Unknown)
Step 14: Fancl 保濕潔面粉
Step 15: Fancl水療補濕液
Step 16: FANCL「美白‧淡斑 精華面膜」
Step 17: Lancome Primordiale Optimum Nuit…

其 實可能還不止二十種?或許我們都不自覺原來自己每天都做了那麼多的自定的「程序」, 女人有時真的會有點兒那個!畢竟, 我們都會相信那些化妝品(化學品?)都可以使我們變得「美麗」吧!很多時候, 那些化妝品廣告都會標榜什麼「成分」(像是Pitera, SVCT, Q10… …), 其實告訴我有什麼成分到底也沒有什麼分別, 都不知道那些白色的液體/粉末或是透明的東西是什麼!昨天跟朋友談到化妝品的問題, 因為工作的關係他也曾經「了解/研判」過一些化妝品的化學成分, 他告訴我化妝品的成分表是由成分比重開始排列, 一般最多的是水(Water/Aqua), 接著都是一些Cream Base的成分Glycerin等等…然後再由fragrance開始看便是防腐劑了。他叫我數數有多少種, 單是一款簡單的Hand Cream已經有十多種?他笑而不語。

還是Natural beautiful比較sustainable…


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