We all love our makeup, from the kids who pretend to be adults to the elders, who want to bring back their youth. We love it whether we are addicted to creating hour long masks every morning or just dusting our cheeks with some blush to bring back some color after the winter days deprive us of our much needed Vitamin D. No matter who we are, as women we can hardly steer clear of makeup, even the ones who prefer a more natural look on most days. What we do not notice, however, is the fact that we may not always be doing things the healthy way and the makeup we use might be destroying our skin over time.
Over the years, it has become clear that cosmetics and cancer do have some form of relation, even if it may not seem to be very strong for the most part. We have read so many warnings about blush and soaps and quite a few other things leading to breast cancer. Teenage bodies are most especially at risk when it comes to the chemicals in the cosmetics permeating their skins and entering their blood streams. Potential hormone altering chemicals are found in many of the beauty products they use, particularly the most affordable ones. The phthalates are especially dangerous and are contained in nail polishes and fragrances. While the direct correlation may not yet be proven, the risks are still there and health is too important to play with on a whim.
But what are you doing that is putting your health at risk, you ask? Some common makeup habits that are harmful for your health, not just because of the makeup itself, are:
1. Sharing your makeup with a friend: While you might be the best of friends and share everything else from clothing to jewellery, sharing lipstick and other such products can lead to infections and cold sores. Eyeliner should not be shared either, nor makeup brushes. Sometimes the most harmless things can have the most harmful of effects.
2. Using expired makeup: This is something we do way too often and most of us are guilty of it. While we may not see any health related issues for a long time after using mascara years after it should have been thrown out, you are better safe than sorry. You can give yourself pink eye or unwanted skin irritation since expired products hold bacteria that can cause you harm. Mascara and eyeliner should be gotten rid of three to six months after first opening it up.
3. Sleeping with the makeup still left on: While doing this from time to time is not going to hurt you, it is always better to remove your makeup before heading off to bed. Foundation is especially dangerous to be sleeping in, clogging your pores and leading to eye irritations. You do not want to have any unseemly bumps around the eyes, so it is better to clean it all off first.
4. Forgetting to wear sunscreen daily: UVA and UVB exposure is bad for you and you know that. Yet you still insist upon not using sunscreen or at least makeup products infused with sunscreen to ensure our skin is protected. This should be as much part of your routine as brushing your teeth and combing through your hair.
5. Applying eyeliner to the waterline: While this may seem to really make your eyes pop and it may even be trending from time to time, you are introducing foreign bacteria to a very sensitive part of your face. You do not want infections or clogged oil glands; apply the eyeliner outside the lash line instead. This will reduce the risk of particles entering the eyes by up to 30 percent, which is quite a number to contend with. Recent studies by world-renowned universities have proven this to be one of the worst makeup habits.
6. Using dirty brushes: Do not forget that while you have been using those brushes for a long time, all types of nasties have taken refuge in there and built up their bacteria laden homes. In order to ensure the health of your skin, make sure you are cleaning your brushes regularly, particularly if you want to avoid any breakouts around the cheeks.
7. Not removing all your makeup: If you are like me, you often leave a little bit of your liner and mascara on overnight, even when you have cleaned everything else. The problem is that the eye makeup is the worst thing to leave on and the health problems that arise can take months to clear out.
8. Using face wipes instead of cleansers: While you think that face wipes are easier and do the same job as the cleansers, you are only removing part of the dirt and grime and makeup residue instead of all of it, meaning that you are leaving the skin open to potential irritation overnight or throughout the day. Fully wash your face instead for a longer lasting youthful feature.
9. Spending too much time picking at imperfections: You may love your magnifying mirror, or hate it really, but you should know that the more time you spend plucking invisible hairs and poking at your skin, the higher the chances of causing inflammation and redness becomes. The redness is so much harder to hide than the small blemishes you were picking at, while it is better to wax all the hairs all at once to keep their growth cycles in sync.
10. Throwing away your cream spatula and using a finger instead: This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised at how many people opt to use their fingers with everything, dipping them into creams and such instead of using a spatula to prevent the spread of bacteria. Why on earth would you want to risk having a skin infection just because you wanted to use fingers instead of a sanitary tool?
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