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HA! Now I have an acceptable argument against my mum when she tries to force makeup on my face!
What, men don’t use toothpaste or soap?
- You do realise toxicity refers more to the dosage rather that the compound themselves?
- I doubt many of these are absorbed in large, dangerous amounts by the skin.
- Why do you assume that artificial = bad? It doesn’t.
- This infographic and it’s sources are somewhat biased.
- Just because something can be absorbed by the skin, doesn’t mean it’s dangerous.
- LOL @ “choose a ‘chemical-free’ product”. (Virtually) all matter is comprised of chemicals. That ‘organic’ product your using is 100% chemical, as well as everything else.
-Substances of low toxicity absorbed regularly over a long period of time is just as dangerous as quickly ingesting the substance. Carcinogens cause cancer, a condition that develops over a long time.
-You don’t need to absorb it in large dangerous amounts for it to be dangerous. Take food for example. Eating one big meal won’t make you obese. But eating big meals every day will.
-Artificial substances have a shorter history of being tested and regulated. People have been eating strawberries for thousands of years, but Twinkies have only been around for at most a few decades. There are also many toxic byproducts that come with artificial substances.
-What do you mean by “biased”? Of course each site is entitled to its own opinions; it’s also entitled to present certain facts. It doesn’t necessarily mean these facts are skewed in some way. Of course, the other side of the argument that isn’t presented is that artificial products take less energy to produce, and are cheaper to sell.
-It’s true that “chemical” technically refers to any chemical compound, but most people think “chemical” as the laboratory-produced substances that have potential for harm. Infographics fare better if they pander to the lowest common denominator.
Most of those chemicals were syntethized by humans, and that’s what people tend to call as ‘chemical products’. You’re right, they’re 100% chemical, but not 100% natural. And your and everyone’s human body is not artificial.
Is it only me who notices that medical research finds it’s way in saying things like:
- Vitamin C stops and prevents the flu, DRINK LOTS OF ORANGE JUICE, BUY VITAMIN C PILLS. Then,,
- Vitamin C won’t stop, but prevents some cases, drink some pills.
- Vitamin C is not so needed, but it’s still some good so please keep buying my pills…
- Caffeine is an excellent stimulant and helps staying awake, drink more capuccinos.
- Caffeine is addictive, and hurts many organs, stop it with the everyday coffee.
- Caffeine has many advantageful properties, blah blah.
- Too much sugar is bad, use 0-calorie sweeteners.
- Too much 0calorie sweetener is bad, use some sugar.
- Fructouse is a better sweetener, and healthier.
- And so on…
My point is, I do believe an excessive amount of artificially produced chemicals can have an effect on your body, as proven very well by drinking some beers. But I’m with you on saying this could be a little overhyped, I can see many of those ‘research shows that’ turn into the opposite in a few time.
lol. So i guess we should stick to snake venom, arsenic, cyanide, and lead, because those are all natural ingredients. if skin absorbs 60% of everything we apply (a totally cite-free statement BTWt) I think I will go stick my hand in a glass of vodka and get drunk. I think I should avoid taking baths now, seeing as how this should clearly make us drown due to absorbing all that water.
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Thanks for the infographics – very informative
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“The average woman will eat nearly 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime”
I doubt the average woman will even BUY that much lipstick in a lifetime. That’s far too much. Source?
The number seems at least plausible. If one uses it every day for over 60 yrs, it works out to about 0.003 ounces a day, which is a pretty small amount. Another way to look at it is that if a tube contains an ounce of lipstick (a fair estimate?) four pounds is 64 tubes. This represents about a tube a year over a lifetime, which doesn’t seem like an outrageously high number to me. Of course, one would hope that the number would be backed up by some empirical data… and certainly, however high the number is does not in itself prove that lipstick use is harmful. Although it seems to me that there ought to be some testing on product that is ingested as much as lipstick is, especially if it really contains a significant amount of lead….
Just wanted to say that organic substances also can be quite toxic. For example, lavender oil is highly irritating and is known for being allergenic.
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Someone, I can’t remember once said if you can’t eat it don’t put it on your body. I laughed at first, but then tried to follow as best as possible. I buy Pacifica eyeshadow, which I believe is better than most. I use witch hazel as an astringent, and Sappo Hill soap which is very mild. For “lotion” I use coconut oil or sweet almond oil, and use it as well as a make-up remover. I have steered away from foundation, and use badger baby sunblock for myself and my children. For a mouthwash, I swish a little coconut oil in my mouth for a few minutes and spit. I avoid fluoride toothpastes – buying Toms of Maine with a “fluoride Free” label. What’s interesting is that Target sells Toms of Maine for kids – but it does have fluoride. So I have to go to my health food store where I can find it.