As the Food and Drug Administration finally catches up and suggests it need to regulate cosmetic products ingredients, a new documentary sheds light on the toxins in the beauty industry.
It looks like the FDA may finally be catching up to what so many natural-minded mamas already know: the ingredients in leading cosmetics may not be safe.
A new documentary from filmmaker Phyllis Ellis—Toxic Beauty—adds fuel to this fire, as it reveals that even cosmetic industry insiders realize that cosmetics may be destroying our bodies.
According to an article in Vogue, a chemist for a huge designer cosmetic brand told Rose-Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty, that they loved what RMS Beauty was doing. The industry insider went on to say that the cosmetic industry was destroying women’s cells, and Swift couldn’t believe that he was sharing that news with her, considering it was his bread and butter.
This concern is highlighted in Toxic Beauty, which is a condensation of a three-year investigation of the chemicals that go into personal-care and beauty products. Swift herself launched BeautyTruth.com in 2004 after finding out that her health was affected by the chemicals found in her urine, hair and blood. She found that the cosmetic industry was overwhelmingly littered with ingredients that were carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors, irritants, allergens and more.
As is often the case when big money is involved, the conventional beauty industry accused her and peers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Greg Renfew (BeautyCounter) and Tiffany Masterson (Drunk Elephant) of inciting unnecessary fear in women.
The article shares how many doctors now liken the beauty industry to the tobacco industry, with companies claiming safety as they did for cigarettes back in the day. Beauty products as the ‘new cigarette’ of the day is a trending issue, and scientists, doctors and lawyers who are interviewed in Toxic Beauty believe that in a few decades, we’ll be saying the same things about beauty ingredients that we now say about the dangers of cigarettes.