The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry: Part One

When you’re training to be a beauty therapist with CIDESCO you have to complete a thesis on a subject relevant to beauty. The name of my thesis was, “The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry,” and I was honoured to be awarded with “Best Thesis” for it from CIDESCO. That thesis was my inspiration for this post today. I put a lot of time into researching cosmetics and what exactly they contain and I was startled with what i discovered.

Do you know what is in your skincare, your make-up or even your toothpaste? The cosmetics we use on a day to day basis can contain very harmful toxins and it is important to try and make yourself aware of them and where possible use natural or organic products.


Cancer is a major concern and almost everybody knows at least one person who has been affected by this, of which they are over 200 different types. And most scientists agree 80% are caused by toxic chemicals. Even more worrying is that the average woman applies 175 chemicals to her body each day in the form of cosmetics and chemicals. Think about it, your cleanser, toner, moisturiser, shampoo, perfume, soap and even your toothpaste, which has unnecessary amounts of the harmful substance fluoride, which we don’t even need.

It’s said that 1 in 3 of all women will be affected by cancer and 1 in 2 of all men. It’s the 2nd leading cause of death today and yet in 1901 it’s said that 1 in 8000 were affected. So what has changed?? Answer – The increase in the number of chemicals being produced!!!


Before 1940 there were only a small number of chemicals made. From that year 500 million kilos of chemicals were manufactured which have never existed before. In 1950 this rose to 25 billion kilos and in 1980 it reached 250 billion kilos. At that point in time 85, 000 chemicals had been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) but not even tested for long term health effects. A shocking 11% were tested for effectiveness only, not even for safety.

Everyday new synthetic chemicals are made and very few are actually approved. The chemical revolution since 1940 means that we are now exposed to over 50, 000 chemicals in a lifetime and will have accumulated at least 500 toxic compounds in our bodies.


If everybody knew exactly how much the skin absorbs and how important it is, we would think twice about what we put on it. The skin is our largest organ, as it covers our whole body. After the brain it’s the most important. It measures approximately 20 square feet and weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, twice as much as the brain. It requires 1/3 of the body’s circulation for healthy functioning and is sometimes referred to as the 3rd kidney because of its role in excretion. It eliminates up to 2 pounds of waste daily, moving more than all the excretory organs combined.

Our skin is our protective barrier from heat, cold, pain and bacteria, regulates body temperature and allows us sensation. It absorbs 60% of all substances we put on our skin, through its 3 layers; epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous. Good advice – if you can’t pronounce it – don’t put it on your skin. Knowledge is a powerful weapon to have when it comes to your health.


It’s very hard to go completely natural or organic with skincare and I use and love many brands that aren’t organic but i just wanted to share this post and help people become more aware of what they put on their skin and how chemicals in our skincare aren’t always tested for safety. I will do another post soon on specific harmful ingredients in our skincare, so you can keep an eye out.

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