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You'd be mortified to discover what you put on your skin and in your body on a daily basis. Time to rethink a few things.

The market for beauty and therapy products is only growing, with the faces of celebrities often becoming the test ground for new looks and the popular trends of tomorrow. And with the latest fashions on the catwalk being replicated on the high street, the current trends within make-up and beauty products come from all over - from social media to social gatherings and all in between. Beauty products, far from being a gender specific market, often cater very much for the female market while merely keeping one eye on the male grooming market by default.

The recently growing popularity of treatments for men, be that in the spas or in the superstores, means that beauty products are becoming really big business, even more so than before. Companies all over the world are vying for the most consumers they can get from one of the biggest markets in the world and this means they’re often pushing their products, and their companies, to the limit of what is good for a person and what isn’t. Poorer quality often means better revenues and one the scale of the beauty market will always mean much more profit in a company’s pocket. But what does this mean for the consumer?

What’s Going in Our Goods?

Take, for example, what you’re doing - literally - when you’re using a beauty product. Sure, you’re making yourself feel better, which is great, but in the process, you’re actually putting products on to your body that have tens, sometimes hundreds, or chemicals in them that are often not hugely regulated. Because of this lack of regulation, it becomes very easy for manufacturers of the products you’re buying to bypass any health issues that might arise from consuming these skincare products. And the only person that this harms in the short-and-long term is you. Your pocket and your body.

The most common trait of these chemicals will often be skin irritants. Often, when you plaster these products on your skin once, the irritant will have little effect. The problem is, however, that you’re often coating your skin - arms, legs, face - multiple times a day, giving the irritant more and more chance to attack you and force your body into more harm that they claim to do good. And this can’t be healthy.

Fragrances and smells are very cloudy subjects in the market because they are just that - smells. They’re only produced to make you smell good and yes, while they do often do that, there’s very little by the way of ingredient information and explanation to show you exactly what you’re putting on yourself to make you smell this way.

Other ingredients in these products have often been proven to lead to cancer, hives and dermatitis among other things. But we don’t know this because there is nowhere we can go to find out this type of information. Which, in 2016, really is a bit of a shock. We’ve put together a list of ingredients to check out, then to quickly avoid. 

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