What the Beauty Industry Isn’t Telling You
Posted On Mar 16, 2016
Is the Illuminati real? Is the earth flat? I can’t answer all of these for you, but I have cracked a few secrets that the beauty industry wants to keep consumers in the dark about.
- Lip balm actually makes your lips drier
Ever wonder why putting on lip balm is so addicting? Once you start applying it, you can’t seem to stop. There’s a rumor on the street saying that lip balm companies actually put fiberglass in their products to create tiny, microscopic cuts on your lips, making them feel raw, which maintains your need to keep reapplying. That may be a little extreme. What I did find out though, is that applying lip balm to dry skin makes it feel better at the moment but it also interferes with the signaling mechanism that tells the lower cells to start reproducing. So when your lip balm wears off, the skin doesn’t have time to restore the dead cells and more chap stick is needed. Some companies even use irritating chemicals, such as menthol, for its cooling sensation which has been proven to irritate skin- making your need for lip balm even greater.
Don’t feed into the lip balm cycle, instead apply coconut oil to your lips!
- A product with the label “cruelty-free” can still be tested on animals
Many beauty brands have worked tirelessly to be able to confidently say they are 100% cruelty-free and that may be true in the U.S, but that is not the case for all countries. China, in particular, requires by law that beauty products be tested on animals. Huge beauty brands like Avon, Estee Lauder, and Revlon needs to be in the Chinese market to stay competitive, in turn, legally making them test certain products on animals. The way these brands get away with this and still claim to be cruelty-free on their labels is disclaiming it in the fine print, that nobody reads. The labels read that they do not test on animals anywhere in the world, except when it is required by law.
Instead of supporting these brands that are deceiving us, switch to local organic brands who make their products themselves and who you can be 100% sure aren’t testing on animals.
- The difference between designer cosmetics and drugstore cosmetics is simply packaging. Kylie’s Lip Kits might be repackaged ColourPop; H&M might be repackaged MAC
When Kylie Jenner first released her lip kit last November, beauty fiends everywhere noticed the striking similarity between Kylie’s matte lip stains and ColourPop’s. Almost the exact same packaging and the exact same colors. What really set the Internet off was when Jenner was spotted leaving a business meeting at Spatz Laboratories in Oxnard, CA carrying a clear bag full of ColourPop cosmetics. Spatz Laboratories is the cosmetic development lab that owns ColourPop cosmetics. Kylie addressed the rumors on her Instagram by posting a picture with the owners of ColourPop at the factory, saying, “Hanging out with the owners @colourpopcosmetics we don’t have the same formula or exact colors but they are my friends and they do have some bomb ass products that I love. Check them out.”
This packaging phenomenon is rumored to happen a lot more than we can imagine. Think about it, there can only be so many lipstick formulas in the world. Are they exactly the same? We may never know, but if you want to save money. ColourPop’s matte lip stains are $6 compared to Kylie’s, that go for $29 a pop.
- The terms “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” are just marketing terms
Marketers use phrases like “dermatologist tested” to suggest that a doctor tested the product and gave it a thumbs up. In reality, all this phrase means is that the product reached a certain level of safety in tests conducted by the company. These terms are essentially marketing words with very little meaning used to gain trust from the consumer. There are no testing guidelines or requirements governing their use. Also, keep in mind that the beauty industry regulates itself, so there are no official testing standards in general.
Does this change your thoughts on some of the beauty products you are using? Always do your research because at the end of the day most brands are just slaves to the dollar.
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