Most beauty products (80 percent) marketed at melanated people, contain more harmful chemicals like parabens, formadehyde and SLS (sodium laryl sulfate). How come melanated beauty cosmetics have more harmful chemicals anyway? Here’s what you need to know about this!
And why you, as a melanated person, might want to think twice before grabbing that cosmetic box off the shelf!
Parabens are preservatives widely used about 90 percent of typical grocery products.
Also, parabens are present in approximately 85 percent of health, beauty and personal care products.
They act to keep the shelf life of these products longer.
Effects of parabens on our body and health
•Easily absorbs into body through skin.
•Our bodies cannot break down parabens, therefore the kidneys will have to process it and expel some as urine. So for melanated people this means more harmful products!
•Women store parabens and scientists have been able to identify parabens when they removed cancerous tissues from some cancer patients.
• Parabens disrupt normal hormonal cycle.
•Parabens mimic estrogen and cause breast cancer.
•Research has found that parabens may cause considerable damage to the hair and scalp.
Melanated people, does this not defeat the purpose of buying the cosmetic products in the first place?
Increased Danger to melanated boys and men
Accumulating more female hormone (oestrogen), low sperm count and testicular cancer.
More Danger to melanated girls
They have been linked to girls getting into puberty earlier
PARABENS other names (may be concealed under these names)
I hope to raise awareness of these harmful chemicals here.
So that we, as melanated people, won’t be using our money to buy beauty products that could be harmful to ourselves and family, especially on the long term.
Simple rule for buying cosmetics
I have got this simple rule – if I can’t dream of putting in my mouth, I think twice before buying it or putting it on my melanated skin!
Well, most of the time!
With this in mind, I strive to sell almost, or mostly cosmetics that don’t have these chemicals that harm health and beauty.
Dark-skinned people – choose your cosmetics with more care!
Moreover, as a dark-skinned person, I am well aware that more cosmetics marketed to melanated (dark-skinned) people contain more of these harmful chemicals.
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Together, let’s stop this exploitation of melanated people.
Let’s raise more awareness about more of our cosmetics having a higher content of health and beauty harming chemicals.
Hopefully, we will make more conscious effort to choose better products, when it comes to melanated skin care and harmful cosmetics.
Let’s choose melanated beauty care products that make us feel and look better. Not just in the short term, but also in the long-run.
Not the ones that contain way more harmful chemical that actually harm our health and beauty, especially in the long run!
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Sissi Scheyerle MPharm