Many people use cosmetics and beauty products to improve or complement their physical feature and although they improve your outer appearance their effects are highly damaging. In fact, these dangers are spread further than our beloved cosmetics and are present in ‘skin care’ products like moisturizers and cleansers as well. Other than limiting the use of such products, make sure to look out for harmful chemicals as well.
One such toxic chemical to look out for is Toluene, which is commonly found in nail polish and hair dyes. Exposure to it or its fumes can result in dizziness and cracked skin. Apply such products in properly ventilated rooms so reduce chances of getting symptoms. Until recently, another dangerous carcinogen was continued to be added to nail polish. What’s worse is that preservatives in such products can become ineffective, exposing the product to attacks by harmful bacteria. Use mascaras for the least amount of time, which is around 4 months to avoid any chances of bacterial infection. In the case that you do get an eye infection, make sure to dispose of all cosmetics to avoid catching it again.
Many pigmented beauty products contain synthetic colorants, which are suspected to have carcinogenic properties and exposure to such chemicals can lead to skin irritation. It becomes difficult to stay away from such chemicals since almost 1 in 8 products contains something that is similar to compounds used in industrial processes. Due to the presence of triclosan in them, even antibacterial soaps don’t escape scrutiny. Triclosan can rage havoc to your hormone balance and it’s not even better at killing germs compared to regular soap.
Soaps and cleansers mostly contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate to give that soft, fluffy foam, but these notorious for causing irritation to the eyes and skin. Watch out for the presence of Butylated hydroxyanisole because this preservative does anything but take care of your skin. Present in products such as moisturizers, lotions, and lipsticks it is found to be a possible cancer-causing carcinogen. Knowing your makeup isn’t the same as knowing what’s in it.
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