Many modern beauty habits adopted by women around the world can end up doing more harm than good. In other words, there are some health risks associated with the use of cosmetics and makeup products or even the latest devices for getting a perfect manicure. Threats of this type are not known by the majority of users, making their use more dangerous.
Although they have become an essential part of our lives, these habits can increase the chances of acquiring many health problems, some of them very serious. Let’s see which are the nine beauty habits dangerous for your health.
1. Gel manicure
The latest trends in nail care and beautification promote intensely gel manicure, more durable and more engaging than the conventional and preferred by many beauty salons clientele. American Academy of Dermatology warns of possible unwanted side effects of this process, namely thinning and natural nail damage and increased risk of developing skin cancer from exposure to UV radiation. Various researches conducted in recent years confirm this hypothesis.
2. Using perfume and body lotion
Parabens and strong flavors are two factors triggering allergic reactions after using perfume and body lotion. Dermatologists find such problems among patients every day and recommend termination of the use of cosmetic products containing ingredients responsible for allergic symptoms.
Some sun lotions, especially those that contain octyl salicylate, often trigger allergic reactions after use. People with sensitive skin or prone to allergies are advised by specialists to use perfumes, creams and body lotions with natural ingredients, no fragrance and parabens.
3. Daily use of mascara
Bacteria can accumulate rapidly in mascara brush, so the use of this product may increase the risk of developing makeup infections. Of all the cosmetics, mascara is the fastest expiring, so using the same product more than two months can be dangerous.
Since the eye area is prone to allergic reactions, applying a contaminated mascara can cause eyelid dermatitis installation. The same condition can be caused by rubbing your eyes with freshly painted manicure, where they can leave behind allergenic residues.
4. Borrowing makeup products
Another dangerous habit for your health is borrowing makeup products already used by another person and possibly contaminated with germs. Mascara, lipstick or makeup brushes should not be used in common. Moreover, studies have found colonies of bacteria, such as E. coli or staphylococci, in the testers of products available in stores.
5. Exposure to chemicals in cosmetics
In recent years, there have been extensively discussed the consequences of the introduction of chemicals in cosmetic products, especially phthalates and parabens. Although the hypothesis remains controversial, exposure to these ingredients could increase the risk of disease.
Phthalates, which are found mainly in nail polish and soap products, are associated with health problems such as hormonal disorders and diabetes. Parabens, introduced especially in deodorants, makeup, shampoo, lotions and creams, may be a risk factor for breast cancer.
6. Failure to remove makeup before bed
Many of the unwanted side effects of using makeup products come from failing to properly use such products. Failure to remove makeup before bed with a suitable cleanser for your skin type can compromise skin health in many ways, to acne, to premature aging of the skin tissue, say dermatologists.
7. Using dirty makeup brushes
Makeup brushes can be a reliable source of germs when not cleaned regularly. Although these tools do not appear to be dirty, they usually they can host bacteria which are transferred between brushes and complexion though every makeup application. Clean makeup brushes in soapy and water at least once every two weeks to prevent skin infection.
8. Hair dyeing
Many hair dyes have in their composition a chemical called phenylenediamine, responsible for allergic reactions detected by dermatologists. Skin symptoms usually appear on the scalp and around the eyes. If you suspect similar reactions in contact with hair dye, seek the help of an allergist in order to establish the sensitivity to the product’s ingredients.
9. Using cosmetics with gluten
Researchers and gastroenterologists announced in November 2011 that people with celiac disease may suffer from the use of cosmetics containing gluten. Although the latter cannot be absorbed into the body through the skin, its residues from creams, lotions and makeup products may end up being ingested.
Gluten content is rarely mentioned on the label of cosmetic products, which can be a big problem for sufferers of celiac disease. Some companies in the industry have launched a products for this category of consumers.