Eyelashes have been thought to be a mark of beauty for centuries. Batting your long eyelashes when you see someone you like has been considered a romantic gesture.
Cosmetics have played a vital role in getting women to think that they need makeup to look beautiful. They can do a lot of damage not only to your skin but also to your overall health. The same goes with mascaras, too. Today, there are cosmetics to make your eyelashes look longer and full of volume, somehow making you feel more confident about yourself than you did with your original lashes.
Let’s examine why regular mascaras may be doing more harm than good to your lashes and body.
Why Regular Mascaras May Be Harmful
Mascara – the cosmetic that enhances the appearances of individuals by darkening and thickening the eyelashes – is one of the most widely used makeup products. However, this beauty product comes with a price. There are varying chemical compounds that give mascaras to work their magic on your lashes. There are research studies that report that regular mascaras may be doing your eyes more harm than good.
Mascaras and other cosmetic products like lipsticks, eyeshadows, and lotions contain a toxic element cadmium. Cadmium exposure has been linked to renal dysfunction and bone diseases. Cadmium has the ability to accumulate in the bones and cause health issues like osteomalacia and osteoporosis.1 In some cases, it has also been associated with certain types of cancer.
You only require one stroke of the mascara for darker and longer lashes and that may make you think you are at an advantage. This means you can purchase a mascara and it can last for a really long time. However, what you fail to realize is that mascaras also have expiry dates. Using them beyond their expiry dates can cause adverse health effects. Studies show that using these products beyond their dates have a high level of contamination with pathogenic microorganisms.2 This can cause irritation or even an infection in your eye or the skin surrounding your eyes.3
Some studies report that the long-term use of mascaras can cause unexpected loss of eyelashes. The results of the study also report that the incidence of the loss of eyelashes was more common when water was used to remove waterproof mascara.4
Therefore, we can conclude that using regular mascaras are doing damage to your original lashes. Instead of using regular mascaras, you can make your own mascara with ingredients that don’t harm your body. Here’s how you can prepare your own homemade mascara.
Homemade Mascara For Longer Lashes
You can prepare your own mascara at home with four natural ingredients. Black mineral powder, cosmetic clay, glycerin, and aloe vera are the ingredients you require for your mascara. For black mineral powder, you can also use black clay or activated charcoal. However, do keep in mind that activated charcoal can be a bit drying. Cosmetic clay keeps the mascara hard while glycerin has antibacterial properties and may protect your eyes from infection.5 Aloe vera is moisturizing and improves the texture of the mascara.
- 1 tablespoon black mineral powder
- 1 tablespoon bentonite or other cosmetic clay
- ½ tablespoon vegetable glycerin
- ½ teaspoon aloe vera
How To Prepare:
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth consistency.
- Transfer this mixture to an empty mascara tube with the help of a spatula.
- Take a clean mascara brush/wand and apply it to your lashes as you would with a regular one.
- If your mascara tube remains for more than three months, it is time to make your next batch.
So, keep your eyelashes thick and dark and safe without any side effects with your homemade mascara. They may not be smudge-proof or waterproof but they are definitely worth a try for long-lasting lashes.
|↑1||Järup, Lars. “Cadmium overload and toxicity.” Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 17, no. suppl_2 (2002): 35-39.|
|↑2||Giacomel, C. B., G. Dartora, H. S. Dienfethaeler, and S. E. Haas. “Investigation on the use of expired make‐up and microbiological contamination of mascaras.” International journal of cosmetic science 35, no. 4 (2013): 375-380.|
|↑3||Ciolino, Joseph B., David M. Mills, and Dale R. Meyer. “Ocular manifestations of long-term mascara use.” Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 25, no. 4 (2009): 339-341.|
|↑4||Kadri, Rajani, Asha Achar, Thrivikrama Padur Tantry, Devika Parameshwar, Ajay Kudva, and Sudhir Hegde. “Mascara induced milphosis, an etiological evaluation.” International journal of trichology 5, no. 3 (2013): 144.|
|↑5||Nalawade, Triveni Mohan, Kishore Bhat, and Suma HP Sogi. “Bactericidal activity of propylene glycol, glycerine, polyethylene glycol 400, and polyethylene glycol 1000 against selected microorganisms.” Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry 5, no. 2 (2015): 114.|