Cosmetics-Facts & Fiction

Cosmetic facts are often not taken that seriously.  Most people tend not to spend reading the labels of their beauty products. There are many benefits of using makeup, but at the same time there are several potential dangerous issues. Some are straightforward to solve, however others can still be detrimental. Cosmetics can be referred to as “something to cleanse or alter the look of the face or body”. In classifications like this, items like toothpaste and deodorants fall into the cosmetic category too.

Cosmetics-Facts & Fiction

Dangers Ahead

There are and always have been dangerous items within the ingredients of makeup. Cosmetics equate to the number #2 reason for common skin problems in adults. The use of cosmetic brushes within makeup use is another crucial issue too, where the brushes are not regularly cleaned. These complications alone show how harmful contents of certain cosmetics can be towards individuals. The problems involved by skin irritations can be caused by the preservatives. The preservatives in makeup help rid the bacteria and fungus from growing.

Products sold and deemed safe by using the term “alpha hydroxy” are creams and lotions. Often this product used by people as a wrinkle reducer. It also corrects sun damaged skin and reduces the signs of aging. Because the last A stands for acid often this is a skin irritant and causing burning, blistering, rashes, itches and skin discoloration. AHA’s also increases the risk of sunburn. To get around the AHA name companies will use the names like glycolic acid and lactic acid.

What Counts

A major portion of cosmetics are not harmful, but the American FDA has the right to control what the manufactures of such products do. The truth is they do not regulate or review cosmetics and their content. The only part of makeup which are controlled is the added coloring.  Here are the basic three types and to where they can be found.

FD&C—Color which can be used only in foods, drugs and cosmetics.D&C—Color that can only be used in drugs and makeup. External D&C—Color, which can be used in drugs that will be applied to the surface of the skin and cosmetics.

The number one issue with cosmetics and their basic health tips is from cosmetic brushes. This is especially true with applying mascara or using a brush near the eyes. When a brush sweeps across the eye, it may cause infections. Makeup brushes should not be shared as they can harvest bacteria, especially if the person uses saliva to dampen the brush. The rule to adhere to is never apply makeup where an infection is present. Throw away makeup if it starts to smell or changes color. Keep makeup containers closed tight at all times. Oddly enough do not add water to makeup unless it is called for, this can cause waterborne bacteria to enter into the cosmetic itself.

One of the golden rules often forgotten about keeping cosmetics safe and free from bacteria is to make sure you ensure it is closed firmly to avoid constant contact with the air