Thinking of all the restrictions on what black & brown people can and can’t do is daunting.
I guess that’s to say, it should come as no real surprise that the products we’ve been putting on our body are (more or less) intentionally created with products that are known to be hazardous. Thus, leaving us to unknowingly cause great harm to ourselves and our health.
Like most things, it’s going to be up to us to fight for us. We need to get serious about what we’re putting ON our bodies. On our skin – the largest organ we have.
Only having access to products that directly cause us harm is yet another child of racism in America & it is perpetuated by the implied, impossible standards of beauty in our country.
(more on that another day…)
So many black womxn are being subjected to communities that include overly polluted neighborhoods and are lacking access to healthcare. All this and then also knowing that less than 25% of the products marketed to us include several harmful ingredients is too much, honestly.
80% of the products marketed to black womxn scored a 7, 8, 9, and 10. That translates to them being the in the top tier of hazardous products.
That means our lipsticks, our concealer, foundation, even what we put on our face to protect it from the sun – all of is putting us as risk.
Plus! Black womxn use more beauty products than their average white peers. We buy more which means there is more marketing directed to us.
It’s a twisted web.
I know we can do better. The first step to doing better is knowing better. So…
Here are some of the biggest offenders:
- Parabens – found in: makeup, moisturizer, hair care & shaving products
- Formaldehyde – found in: ace creams & serums
- Fragrance – found in: nearly. Everything.
- Retinyl Palmitate – found in: sunscreen
Now. Are you ready for me to tell you what these heavy hitters do? Buckle up.
Parabens have been linked to:
- Hormone disruptors, which cause issues with development, reproductive systems, your brain, and your immune system. Also can be linked to:
- Breast cancer
- Estrogen Action
Formaldehyde has been linked to:
- Nose, throat & eye irritation
Fragrance has been linked to:
- Hormone disruption
- Allergic reactions & skin irritation
- Headaches & dizziness
Retinyl Palmitate has been linked to:
- Organ toxicity
- Mutations & changes at a cellular level
So. Here’s what I know. Black womxn have a powerful position here. It seems like at every turn we have an opportunity to stand up for ourselves and our peers. And we’re doing it.
And we are going to keep doing it.
I’m so proud to be a member of such a resilient tribe of humans.
What I also know is we have insane buying power. Like something around $1.2 trillion dollars type-of power.
With that type of power & the right mission, I am bouncing in my seat giddy thinking about the change we could set in motion.
With Beautycounter the mission stuck with me, especially because of the part of “everyone means everyone”. It’s my own personal mission to take that and absolutely RUN with the everyone.
I want that to mean transwomen, all shades of brown women, all body types of women, men who wear makeup, on and on and on. Because I really do mean everyone.
AND. AND. Most importantly (I’m not going to point out the reasons we all, you all deserve it – because duh. Being a fuckin human is enough in my opinion. No argument or justification needed), no.
Most importantly……. REPRESENTATION.
With representation not only can we expand and spread the mission. Educate the communities we belong in. Advocate in DC with louder voices to change the law and regulations of the industry.
We can also make sure the science and development of safer products includes what we want. What you need.
We can’t wait around and let other people blast forward with safer skincare products and forget that we exist. We can’t let them forget that we all have different issues, body chemistry and desires. What I want is going to be different from the next womxn, but we all need (and deserve) safer products.
So I want to keep pushing that ‘everyone’ envelope and I want you to help me do it.
Go here and click on Our Story to learn more.
Email me if you want to know how you can help.