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The Secrets of Cosmetics You Must Know
The Secrets of Cosmetics You Must KnowThe Secrets of Cosmetics You Must Know
The Secrets of Cosmetics You Must Know
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Korean Title: Daehanminguk Hwajangpoomeui Bimil
Author: Hee-yeon Gu, Eun-joo Lee
Publisher:  Georum
232 pages | 223*152mm

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Book Reveals Danger of Cosmetics

Recently, baby powders and cosmetics for adults containing asbestos have driven consumers into shock. It has not only raised the safety concern for babies but also rang alarm bells over women's long-standing desire for perfect spotless white skins.

Korean women wear, on average, 12.9 cosmetic products daytime and 6.47 at night, according to the latest survey. Every year, they spend a lot of money in beauty products but many don't realize that they are exposing themselves to dangerous chemicals.

"Secret of Korean Cosmetics" written by Koo Hee-yeon and Lee Eun-joo points out that Korean consumers are overusing cosmetics for being deceived by clever cosmetic marketing strategies.

One of the common marketing strategies is a set of four basic skincare products skin, lotion, essence and cream which is supposed to be applied in that order. It has been touted by the cosmetic brands for a long time to "protect skin from aging." But it is hard to find such "set" products in any other countries' cosmetics shops.

The authors, who worked for the cosmetic companies for many years and now study cosmetics at graduate school, said that this is the most common trick of the cosmetics companies to sell their products more.

"All these four types of products only differ in thickness and are basically the same in the formulation of the ingredients. In accordance with how to formulate synthetic polymer with similar ingredients, it determines thickness which makes the four types look different," the book says.

According to the book, the genetic inheritance makes up about 70 percent of the skin quality and the care determines the rest 30 percent. "We Korean women expect too much from the cosmetics effects, mainly due to over-touted cosmetics advertisements," the book says.

The media has shed light on the danger of the makeup products but little on the basic skincare products. "But the basic skincare products can be more harmful than the makeup products unless they contain safe ingredients because we cleanse makeup at night but we don't remove the basic skincare products," the book says.

The authors recommend the most essential items for consumers skin toner (one of any of freshener, clarifying lotion and astringent), cream (one from any of lotion, essence, serum an cream) and sunscreens. "You don't have to apply all these four types in order. Just pick one from each category in accordance with your skin type. The minimum use of cosmetics is the best way to keep skin healthy and younger," the book says.

Also, if some products have immediate improving signs, they usually contain harmful ingredients such as mercury or lead. Although the products use natural ingredients, they are also formulated with chemical materials.


Array of local cosmetic products. The products shown here are not related to the story.
Most of the cosmetics companies use petrochemical materials because of the low cost for the mass production. Many of the chemicals including parabens found in beauty and skin products have been linked to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption and other chronic diseases. The amounts of chemicals found in skin care products can easily range in the thousands and hundreds are being added each year.

"Korean women are now standing on the mines ready to go off," the book says, meaning that it is a matter of time for the "lump of chemical additives to explode with the harmful results."

The Korean cosmetics industry only spends 1.8 percent of its budget in R&D sector among the total sales but pour 24 percent on promotion, marketing and advertisement.

"They don't invest their money in R&D but the number of the functional products increase ever year. What does that mean?"

In the case of whitening products, such banned materials as hydroquinone, peroxide and oxidized mercury are often used for quick fix. But once skin is destroyed by these materials, it can hardly be restored and even they are accumulated in the body.

Also, the overuse of eye creams can cause the reverse effects. The area around the eyes is the thinnest in the body skins and soft and so it needs to be less greasy than other skin areas. In Korea, women are encouraged to use the wrinkle cream around the eye areas from their 20s to see the effects in the old age. But the over-nutrition can cause flab, wrinkles and milium around the eye areas. The authors recommend lighter ordinary cream on the areas if you feel dry on them.

The Korean cosmetics industry began indicating the ingredients of their cosmetics products from 2008. The authors offer a list of 20 harmful ingredients used in the beauty products to help consumers choose them wisely.

Twenty harmful ingredients are avobenzone, isopropyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, triethanolamine, polyethylene glycol, synthetic colors, isopropyl methyphenol, sorbic acid, hormone-related ingredients, dibutyl hydroxy toluene, paraben, triclosan, butyl hydroxy anisole, oxy benzone, imidazolidinyl urea, mineral oil, thymol, triisopropanolamine, synthetic gragrances and phenoxy ethanol.

"We think technology should contribute to human life positively. But sadly, it is used for 'cheaper and more' products. Many corporations seeking profits hardly change their practices unless their sales sharply decrease. Only consumers can change them. When consumers reject the products containing harmful ingredients, they will change," the book says.

--Chung Ah-young, www.koreatimes.co.kr



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