Every morning, women all over the world do a ritual that is necessary for them to face the world: they put on make-up. Whether to enhance their natural beauty or to hide some imperfections, or even to hide the signs of ageing, women all over the world feel more confident – more beautiful – when their faces are made up.
Have we really ever questioned this age-old tradition, why it is utterly necessary to paint our faces with cosmetics left and right? I know that make-up has evolved over time, and even women of past generations have somehow adorned their faces with tribal paints. However, have we really looked at what we are actually subjecting ourselves into?
I recently made a comment to a friend, saying that Asian women seem to have younger-looking skin than American and European counterpart. And she said that it was perhaps the amount of make-up that spells the difference between the two groups. I have to agree – cosmetics cause harmful chemicals that may even cause sagging of the skin, or even worse, cancer.
This is why there is a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which aims to raise awareness and force manufacturers to be more responsible with their products by pushing for legislations that will eliminate the use of detrimental substances and require mandatory disclosure of ingredients. Unfortunately, this is not yet as widely patronized as it should be, as is seen in the growing cases of cancer among women.
At the end of the day, the choice is totally up to you. Which truth can you handle better? the natural process of ageing, or acquiring a life-threatening disease?