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How Make Up Is Dangerous For Health

Updated on July 21, 2015

The Ultimate Truth

According to government reports, in both US and EU around 90 per cent of the ingredients used in conventional cosmetics do not have full set of long term human safety data.

The expectation of magic in our personal use products is strong and the promises on package are so seductive that most of us never checked whats the product actually contained. Most agencies do not require manufacturers to prove that their product is effective and safe.Studies of blood samples of average people around the world has shown, most of us are carrying a heavy burden of chemicals in our bodies.Many of these are linked to health threats like cancer, immune damage and birth defects.Chemicals don't have to be present in high quantities to cause threat.

Making Of Cosmetics:

Each new product is made to fulfil a specific function like to remove the wrinkles, to fair the skin or to whiten the teeth. While making the product formulators are less concern to long term effects, they only want to make a cost effective product with higher profit margin. If ingredients are better, product will be good but unfortunately majority of personal care products are equivalent to junk food and to only fulfill short term need. There are so many products available in markets on shelves, its difficult to choose which one to buy as marketers advertise each has something special and made differently. Reality is all are made from same basic ingredients and recipe, the only difference is how they present in market.

Cosmetics are mainly made from chemical substances used in industries that are never meant to use in personal care products so they create health problems in short term and in long term.Now 80% of people having skin reactions from perfumes and preservatives were complete healthy person before use. A very interesting study tells most of the personal care products bought by women expires in their homes as they never use them. From health perspective the best choice is to buy less products and be very choosy about what you buy.

Use Less Products:

If we use less, it means we will buy less and it will send the message to manufacturers that we are not happy with these products and we want safe and organic products for ourselves.

Do Not Impulse Buy:

Its very easy to pop one or two products in your basket So always think before buying. Do you really need that perfume or eye shadow. You might have one similar to these at home already.

Fragrance Free Products:

Prefer fragrance free products as they are the major cause of asthma and removing it from your life is a very healthy thing.

Reality Of Men Products:

This industry is becoming very popular these days. Actually there is no difference in men or women product apart from packaging. They have same ingredients in them even estrogen which should be avoided in male products.

Make Natural Product:

Many products you can make at home with natural ingredients like face masks, toners, cleansers, bath treats etc. They will not only save money, you know already what is in them and its good for your body.

Do Not Expect Natural Products to work Same:

Natural products can not fix your problems in one hour or in one week as other market products promises. You have to be patient and give them long time to work. They will maintain your skin health and nourish it slowly but for long term.

Make Your Make Up Routine Simple:

Use less product on your face and reduce the toxic burden accumulating in your body. With less make up you will look fresh and more appealing.



Penetration Enhancers

Scientists estimates that our skin is like a sponge which absorb 60% of anything you put on it. Manufacturers use penetration enhancers to give our skin quick fix under an hour. Example of penetration enhancer are moisturisers, detergents and solvents that are added to moisturize and cleanse. Because they pass through oily layer of skin, penetration enhancer are significant source of irritation and skin allergy. Many solvents which ingredients have PEG in their name, as well as perfumes and shower gels alter the structure of skin by crossing the oily barrier of skin and penetrate deep into skin and from there to blood stream. The ingredients which acts as penetration enhancer is too long. Here I am giving you few examples.

  • Solvents such as PEG(polyethylene glycol) and acetone.
  • Fatty acids such as lactic acid and palmitic acid.
  • Complexing agents such as nonoxynol and lipsomes.


Make Up Habit

Consider getting out of the make-up habit. Many women do make up every time they get out like to go to drop or pick kids from school, or when they go for grocery. Make yourself use to the way you look. Don't do make up for park walks or on weekends. Give your skin a little break. If you cannot bear to go out without it then use a good mascara and lip gloss or a good brand lipstick. Do not apply heavy base all the time, it block skin pores and penetrates deeper in skin by crossing the oily layer which has tiny veins.

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