“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.” 1 Timothy 2:9
This generation has invested as much money into cosmetics as those who purchase tobacco products. The use of cosmetics is not only a waste of money that can be used on products that promote health, but it is also time consuming to apply these products to the body.
Many women feel it is necessary to use cosmetics in order to feel or look beautiful, but are they paying a high price that will only lead them to sickness and maybe even death? The Cancer Prevention Coalition and Organic Consumers Association warn of major risks to health from the great majority of cosmetics and personal care products. Many cosmetics contain dangerous ingredients such as phenylenediamine, benzene and even formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories.
In 1997, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts spoke these words during the Senate Hearings on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reform Bill, “the cosmetics industry has borrowed a page from the playbook Of the tobacco industry by putting profits ahead of public health.” Also, included in studies done on laboratory animals, it was found that when cosmetics were placed upon them, the end result was cancer.
When cosmetics are used, it allows these dangerous chemicals to get into the bloodstream. The chemicals in perfume and hair sprays are inhaled, putting you at risk for lung cancer, and other cosmetics applied to the skin quickly gain access to the bloodstream and over time allow the chemicals to damage organs and even cause disease. Majority of the ingredients in cosmetics are carcinogenic (cancer causing ingredients) so the ending result would have to be that the use of cosmetics is wholly unhealthy and should not be used. Is it not written, ” If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:17
“Many are ignorantly injuring their health and endangering their life by using cosmetics. They are robbing the cheeks of the glow of health, and then to supply the deficiency use cosmetics. When they become heated in the dance the poison is absorbed by the pores of the skin, and is thrown into the blood. Many lives have been sacrificed by this means alone” (The Health Reformer, October 1871).