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Beauty Products: Are they really good???

Updated on July 15, 2010
Are Cosmetics Really Good ???
Are Cosmetics Really Good ???

Every woman tries her best to look more beautiful than others. This never ending race has given birth to the billion or rather zillion dollar business of Cosmetics. Every year hundreds of new creams, lotions or powders are launched and we without any query buy these products just on the basis of their claims.

Do you have any idea that upto what extent these cosmetics can harm us??? “NO”

So, Here I am presenting a list of harmful chemicals in cosmetic products. So, next time before buying a beauty product please be sure it does not have any of these chemicals.

  • AHA: AHA stands for Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, Most of the cleansers and moisturizers contain AHA. It has an abrasive nature that can damage the top most skin layer, making the skin susceptible to UV rays by up to 50%.
  • Formalin: Formalin is basically a derivative of formaldehyde. Formalin is used in beauty products, like nail hardeners. According to Researchers the fumes of formalin can cause asthma & cancer. It can also cause skin irritation and skin allergies.
  • Mineral Oil: Mineral oils like petroleum are also used in some of the cosmetic products, like in petroleum jellies. As such it is not harmful but if applied on skin it can clog the pores and hence skin cannot do its job of getting rid of the body toxins.
  • Lead: Lead is a very poisonous element. Among the cosmetic products lead is mostly found in the lipsticks. But according to FDA the branded cosmetic companies restrict the use of lead upto safer levels.
  • SLS: SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. It is a common detergent found in skin cleansers and in some shampoos too. This chemical can make the skin dry and itchy, and becomes a carcinogen (substance that causes cancer) when it combines with some other common beauty product ingredients.
  • Laquer: This chemical is mostly found in mascaras. With time it can use the loss of hair in the eyelashes.
  • Hydroquinone: This is an efficient skin-lightening chemical. However, according to the researchers it is may cause cancer with prolonged use.


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      shabarigirish 7 years ago

      Very informative hub, thanks for sharing.