Due to their abilities to promote flawless skin and perfectly sculpted look, cosmetics have become an irreplaceable part of women’s lives. It is not uncommon for women to use at least 5 products every day as a part of their routine. This exposes them to a spectrum of harmful chemicals which cause detrimental effects to the skin. Studies show that make up is the root cause of around 30% of skin related problems. And unfortunately, the side effects are not just confined to the skin.
Below are some of the dangers of using cosmetics, which would make you think twice before using one the next time!
Harmful Effects Of Cosmetics
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1. Skin Allergies And Diseases
The chemicals present in fairness creams, sunscreen lotions, foundation cream, and moisturizers can cause allergic reactions in some people. They can cause rashes, redness, itching, and dryness. Sometimes, discoloration of skin can also be seen. In most of the cases, the consumer is unaware of the possible ways one could respond to the chemicals, leading to allergies. It is therefore recommended that one does a patch test before trying any new product.
Antiperspirants, deodorants, and perfumes also trigger allergic reactions like itching, redness, burning sensation, and headache. This is due to the presence of alcohol and other chemicals which block the sweat glands.
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2. Lead Poisoning
Available in a plethora of shades and brands, lipsticks are the must-have beauty products in every woman’s kit. One of the harmful chemicals present in the lipsticks is lead. Although the lead content in lipsticks is within the permissible range, frequent application of the same, throughout the day, causes severe side-effects. Ingestion of lipstick on regular basis causes lead poisoning. This results in poor muscle coordination, hearing and vision impairment, brain and neural damage.
Apart from lead, lipsticks also contain mineral oil which blocks the cellular development.
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3. Skin Cancer
One of the most threatening side effects of cosmetics is skin cancer. Researches are in progress to pinpoint the specific chemicals which cause cancer. However, there are pieces of evidence which show that long-term usage of cosmetics pertaining to skin care can lead to cancer. This is due to the chemicals leeching into the layers of the skin and penetrating the blood stream.
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4. Infertility And Thyroid Damage
Chemicals present in talcum powders, when inhaled, can affect the behavior of menstrual cycle. Cosmetics and oils used in bubble bath can affect the endocrine system leading to infertility. Using cosmetics of bad quality further increase the risk of reproductive damage. Parabens and phthalates are commonly found components in cosmetics, which impact the thyroid gland adversely.
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Prolonged usage of excessive makeup throughout the day can lead to headaches. This is accompanied by nausea and dizziness. In severe cases, loss of consciousness could be the outcome. Certain perfumes and antiperspirants also induce headaches, which is the clear indication that you are allergic to them.
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6. Pulmonary Complications
Silicates are one of the components present in fragrant cosmetics like talcum powder, antiperspirants, and perfumes. When inhaled, silicates can cause irreversible damage to the lungs. These chemicals get settled in the lungs and cannot be easily expelled from the body.
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7. Premature Aging
There are a range of products available which promise to regain and retain the youthfulness your skin has lost. The fact however is, cosmetics are the culprits behind premature aging of your skin. This is due to the mineral oils and chemicals which replace the natural oils and minerals your skin produces. Ultimately, the irreversible result is dehydrated and wrinkled skin, which adds numbers to your age.
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8. Nail Damage
Adding to the feminity of every woman’s hand, nail colors also top the list of must-have beauty products. However, the various chemicals present in nail colors, especially the “toxic trio”– Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl phthalates cause detrimental damage to your health. These chemicals cause brittleness in your nails, which become weak and chip often. This trio leeches into your body leading to toxicity, reproductive problems, asthma, wheezing, skin irritation, and nausea. It is best to check the labels of the products to rule out the presence of these chemicals.
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9. Hair Problems
Having perfectly made hair gives a complete look to any outfit and makeup. But, in goes a lot of effort which involves the treatment with shampoos, conditioners, gels, dyes, hair sprays, and serums which sculpt the entire look. These products, in long term, affect the natural health of the hair reducing thickness and quality. The products also cause scalp redness, excessive hair fall, and dandruff.
Apart from the above mentioned harmful side effects, cosmetics could be addictive. They could make you completely depend on them and impact your confidence levels in their absence. It is important to understand that your skin is equipped with all the components and techniques to repair itself and look healthy. Interfering with this normal phenomena could be problematic.