What happens to your Kidneys and Brain when you put on excessive Makeup?
Cosmetic products make up more than a $640 billion global market which is expected to rise every year. The desire to enhance ones features through make up and of course the countless chemical remedies for skin lightening and anti ageing results in an overwhelming demand. Humans have been using makeup for centuries and it could cause a problem when one is psychologically dependent on makeup.
Even though research has found how women are psychologically driven to makeup, doctors and scientists alike are now more and more concerned as to the harmful effects of makeup and how it can impact physical health.
1 Why frequent and excessive makeup can be dangerous
From foundations to powders, all makeup and cosmetics contain chemical ingredients that could be dangerous to health. Such chemicals can result in skin flaking, dryness and allergies. However even more dangerous than these surface problems is the ability of such chemicals to enter the blood stream and introduce toxins into the body.
When such toxic chemicals gain free access into our bodies, it is then when the health risk is increased to alarming levels posing a huge health risk. Samples of kohl used as natural eyeliners collected from third world countries found high amounts of lead. Moreover a recent study undertaken by the breast cancer fund in aid of a campaign for safe cosmetics revealed that half of kids Halloween makeup products contained banned and harmful chemicals. However the levels of the toxic chemicals were not high enough to cause any immediate health problems.
2 Harmful effects of makeup and Chemicals found by the BCF study
A soft metal that is bluish white in colour. It has been linked to kidney failure, bone disease and also cancer. In fact researches feel that cadmium becomes toxic even below the levels set by the WHO (world health organization). Research found that Cadmium was present in cosmetics of major companies like Mary Kay, Estee Lauder, Jafra Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Yves Rocher. Revlon, proctor and Gamble and Jane & Co.
This is a common paint thinner which research says can damage the central nervous system causing neurological disorders like dementia. Toulene is regularly used in nail products and hair dyes.
Used in various cosmetics that prevents UV light. Research articles published in dermatitis states that Benzophenones causes allergies like skin rash and anaphylactic shock. The chemical is found in lip balm, nail polish, foundations, shampoos, fragrances, conditioner, baby sunscreens and hairsprays.
Parabens are used in cosmetic products for prevention of bacteria growth. Parabens are known to disrupt the endocrine system where such chemicals were found in breast cancer tissue. Parabens us a common ingredient in shower gels, conditioners, lotions, colognes and perfumes.
Lead is a heavy metal found in several cosmetics like lipstick and eyeliner. It is highly toxic and especially dangerous when entering the blood stream causing neurological disorders and cancer. Lead is also found in mascara, eye shadow, blush and foundation. Research has also found led to be present in baby powder and many lotions.
This is one of the most common ingredients used in product like powder and foundation. It is a mineral which was found to be contaminated by asbestos which is a common carcinogen. Talc is also used widely in baby powder and deodorants, lipsticks, facial masks and feminine hygiene.
4 Point to note when purchasing cosmetics
Besides the harmful effects of makeup, What needs to be mentioned is that most cosmetic products may not always contain such ingredients in levels that would be proven by science to cause a serious health risk however chronic exposure to toxins from using cosmetics daily may be cause for concern as stated by spokesperson of Environmental health perspectives, Julia R Barret.
The best way to protect your health is to read labels carefully for ingredients and use cosmetics in moderation. Moreover depend on quality cosmetics which follow stringent rules of testing and safety guidelines.