7 Shocking Ways Make-Up Can Ruin Your Health

7 Shocking Ways Make-Up Can Ruin Your Health

We all have our favourite beauty products to make us look and feel better, but could they be doing more harm than good?

We all have our favourite beauty products to make us look and feel better, but could they be doing more harm than good?
The cosmetics industry has been forced to clean up its act over recent years as we all became more aware of what we were putting on our faces.
But how much do you know about the everyday products you’re using?


It’s All In The Eyes (Literally)
In his book ‘Cosmetics Unmasked’, chemist Dr Stephen Antczak states that a fifth of the chemicals used by the cosmetics industry are known to cause harm in some way.
The most common chemicals are just used as preservatives so the products last longer but no one really knows the full extent of the damage they could be causing.
One of the main culprits is Phenoxyethanol, which is used as a preservative in mascaras. Unfortunately, one of the big side effects is that it can irritate the eyes and cause skin allergies – which seems rather counterproductive.
In May 2013 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the chemical “can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis”, but it is still used today.

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Bad skin day
With so many chemicals and additives added to soaps, cleansers, toners, moisturisers and foundations, many of us are now suffering from dry, irritated skin, bordering on eczema, and it’s hard to know what can be causing the problem.
On their own many products will cause no problem at all but contact dermatitis can be a reaction to just one too many products.
It occurs when your skin comes into direct contact with a substance that damages the outer layer, causing redness, itching and a burning or stinging sensation.
Irritant contact dermatitis may be caused by frequent exposure to a weak irritant, such as soap or detergent, or it can develop if you’ve been in contact with a stronger irritant for a short while.
If you’re having sensitive skin issues, your doctor can do a patch test to see if there’s a particular substance you’re reacting to. You may also want to opt for more natural products that don’t contain as many chemicals and preservatives.

Cancer risks
With so many products said to be a cancer risk, maybe we don’t take the warnings as seriously as we should do.
But when you hear the word formaldehyde it does make you stop and listen. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen’ (something that causes cancer).
So the fact it is still found in a wide range of beauty products is a huge worry.
The most common products include nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap and body wash. Check your ingredients carefully.

Hidden dangers
According to research, 60 per cent of products we use will penetrate the skin – and new technology could be making things worse rather than better.
Scientists have worked to make the chemical particles in our make-up both smaller and stronger. This gives us benefits like longer-lasting looks and more even coverage, but it also means they are now more easily absorbed into the skin, past the protective layers that once served as a barrier to these toxins.

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Problems conceiving
Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in a whole range of foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Common ones include propylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and ethylparaben – and they could be decreasing sperm levels.
A study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health saw researchers administer parabens to three-week-old rats. After four weeks, researchers examined the rats and found their sperm production significantly decreased in relation to the amount of parabens they had received.
The rats who received the highest dose of parabens, which was consistent with the daily acceptable intake of parabens in Europe and Japan, showed a significant decrease in sperm concentration.
So if you’re having trouble trying to conceive, label check immediately!

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Hormone-Altering Fragrances
We’re so used to everything smelling sweet that it seems all products now come with extra scent, but the problem is that we don’t know what is making up the fragrance.
Recent research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 named brand fragrance products, and none of them were listed on the label.
One of the dangers can come in the form of hormone disruptors, which means women can be at greater risk of experiencing health problems such as infertility and breast cancer.
Experts recommend buying perfume that is ‘phthalate-free’, but more research is needed in the area.

Is changing your hair colour worth risking your health?

We’ve all heard that pregnant women should avoid dying their hair and the odd horror story about home dyes going wrong, but most of us probably assume that these days hair dye is pretty safe.
But perhaps things haven’t changed as much as you might expect.
One of the most common ingredients of hair dye is Resorcinol, which can be toxic to the immune system and is a frequent cause of hair dye allergy.
In animal studies, resorcinol was also found to disrupt normal thyroid function.
Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is another key irritant, which is found in permanent hair dyes, in particular darker shades.
Only one in 250,000 people are allergic to dyes but if you are then the reaction can be dramatic, sometimes resulting in hospitalisation. As well as scalp rashes, it can also lead to severe facial swelling and blistering.

Always do a patch test and check the ingredients carefully.


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