Top 10 Harmful Effects of Using Cosmetics

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Cosmetics, they have become the need of society. People spend monthly on these and the amount of variety is so high that cosmetics are available for different seasons and climates as well. The makers claim to have their own RnD and make one of the finest products for us. We all know that it is very difficult these days for someone to just make a product beneficial for its customers; he ought to make a huge profit out of it. Quality is compromised most of the times and generally a common man is unable to raise the voice or submit complain on which action would be taken. Many times it happens that the ingredients mentioned are not true and that affects us. So there is an ugly side to these beauty products as well. I don’t mean to say that they don’t work; they do work but have harmful effects also along with.  There are many harmful effects of using cosmetics; here I have listed the top ten of them.

10) Unwanted dependency on cosmetics


The common notion among people is that they cannot look beautiful or handsome if they missed out on a cosmetic or just ran out of it. This dependency can lead too many troubles and is nothing less than an addiction for them. From my personal experience I would like to add that here are people who can skip occasions or get-togethers if there cosmetics are not with them or if they can’t do make up. Well with god’s grace everyone has been given with a good face and I can’t find myself a reason to be so dependent on cosmetics. Believe me you can look even better without them.

9) Headaches


Headache is a very common issue after putting up make up for long periods of time. Generally ladies feel dizziness, tired and nausea after prolonged exposures to high makeup. Even men must have felt that during the long wait for performance in annual function with full make up. even if the performance was not so tiring but you would feel sleepy and dizzy, its the effect of makeup. A lot of care is therefore taken while removing of makeup. Absolutely nothing should be left behind. It has been found that cosmetics contain certain ingredients which on exposure to humans directly in large amount may lead to a state of unconsciousness. So wear makeup, but make sure its not for just too long and if you have to spend a large amount of time then prefer light makeup to avoid headaches.

8) Hair Problems

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Funky hairstyles are very popular and eye catching. Today’s youth and children find it very cool and thus make a move for them. Use of shampoos, conditioners, hair colors, gels and serums may actually harm your tresses pretty badly. They look great when used and one may receive many compliments for the style or even help you get a girl but these cosmetics keep on affecting the hair quality and quantity. There can be thinning of hair, redness in scalp, hair fall or even excessive dandruff. The use of hair sprays is even more dangerous with sources suggesting that long term usage may result in scalp skin damage and permanent discoloration of hair color.

7) Danger to reproductive organs


Use of bubble baths or certain oils may affect your reproductive organs if in direct contact. They can even lead to infertility. It has been found that any cosmetic containing asbestos like talcum powder when in direct contact with organs can even affect the menstrual cycle leading to other imbalances. Shower gels and shower creams during bath may also prove to be harmful. We will definitely feel that they did the cleaning but once after getting inside they may affect severely. There can be vaginal infections or even danger or prostate and ovarian cancer if the cosmetics are flawed and low on quality.

6) Ageing


Yes one may start looking older than heshe actually is. All the makeup and moisturizers actually do some damage to your skin and with prolonged use wrinkles and other signs of ageing may be visible. The cosmetic makers are so smart that they then release anti- ageing creams and lotions. These cosmetics then fight the signs of ageing. They are making money and it is us who have to suffer. Be careful while choosing your products and make sure if their reviews are correct and genuine because not all products in market may be harmful.

5) Cancer and other chronic diseases


With the benefits, cosmetics also bring danger of diseases like cancer and many other chronic ones. Lipstick contains aluminum which may cause long term anemia and even glucose intolerance. Many products contain chemicals like zinc oxide, BHA, barium sulphate etc. are very harmful for body and may result in many organ failures like that of kidney and liver. Further if swallowed even by mistake; generally the lip cares, lip balms and lipsticks go in with food can lead to many respiratory diseases also. It has also been reported that cosmetics like body moisturizers can cause trouble to endocrine system as well and disturb the thyroid content of body.

4) Damage to nails


Nail paints, Nail polish, manicures and pedicures all seem very hygienic but are actually damaging to nails if done very regularly or frequently. The quality of nails decreases and they become fragile. Keeping long nails becomes a big issue after that; extra care has to be taken. The nails become thin and lose their natural color starting to look pale.

3)  Harmful for eyes


Eye shadow, mascara, kajal and other forms of eye makeup can harm the eyes of user very badly. Girls who wear lenses may harm their eyes even more because the chemicals present affects the lens material and can result in something very damaging like thinning of eyelashes and eye infections. Mascara can cause blindness as it contains pseudomonas aeruginosa which is a very harmful therapy bacteria. Resistant to heat and cold this bacteria is very difficult to remove from mascara and often pollutes it despite many precautionary measures.

2) Allergies


There are different types of allergies possible with excessive use of cosmetics and at times there side effects even if the usage is limited. The allergies can be of skin, breathing, eating, hair etc. Skin allergies may be allergy to certain kind of lotions or creams. Breathing allergies are damage to nose and nasal passage due to intake of cosmetics by mistake or even deliberate. Eating difficulties as it may result in glucose intolerance as mentioned earlier as well. Hair allergies are like allergy to usage of shampoos or conditioners or intolerance of scalp to certain oil. So with the benefits of cosmetics comes a parcel of never ending list of allergies you are at risk of. Be careful while choosing your products.

1) Skin Diseases and Reactions


Skin diseases and reactions have been a common problem with use of fairness creams, sunscreens and sunblocks. There may be a permanent discoloration of skin or severe damage to skin. Believe me a damage to skin especially on face may be very torturing. every now and then a person from the crowd may pop up and ask what happened or would have loads of advice to give you because his relative had the same problem.  There can be much severe issues with the skin like skin cancer, presently skin cancer is not that easily treatable at mostly fatal.

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  1. Tumaini Mjema

    January 26, 2014 at 11:02 am


  2. nameera mughal

    February 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

    information is very useful for the women who consider cosmetics are very important for them. i think they will be beautiful if they have inner beauty.

    • Josh Dench

      August 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      self confidence is a much better term

  3. loling

    April 30, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Stopped reading after 10) UNWANTED DEPENDENCY ON COSMETICS. “Well with god’s grace everyone has been given with a good face and I can’t find myself a reason to be so dependent on cosmetics. Believe me you can look even better without them.”
    Uh, not exactly. Not everyone has been given a good face, and a lot of the time they do not look better without makeup. C’mon now, be honest. No, I mean COMPLETELY honest. Most people on this planet would rather see a nice, even toned and clear face rather than something deemed as “disgusting.” And even if you think they look better, they think they could look better with makeup and receive less judgement because they would be able to cover up their skin issues like hyper pigmentation, acne, scars, burns if they were victims, rosacea, etc.

    • Josh Dench

      August 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      yeah um if you cant accept who you are naturally then you’re not going to be a very happy person just saying champ. Fact is young girls spend way more time judging their looks than anyone else does. Your friends see you for the person you are. If anyone is making you feel bad just for how you look then you don’t need them. And makeup is not going to do any noticeable changes to you, just coverup who you are. Maybe if i was a dangerous skin condition but even then makeup wouldn’t be the appropriate course of action, rather a general practitioner or specialist and serious medication to help. If a potential partner turns you down purely for the same reason then likewise, they’re not worth your time.

  4. Aleena

    April 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Alright, we have the problems, so whats the solution? if you go on saying don’t apply anything i don’t think thats practical as many females don’t want tan, others have something on skin like marks etc they wish to hide, etc multiple issues and who wouldn’t like making herself seem pretty, well some don’t but most do. taking everything into consideration, is there a makeup brand that is safe at all? if not then is there any natural alternatives one can use? i appreciate this post alot, but unless one states a solution to this problem, it won’t benefit much, rather put the females who use it on a daily basis in a dilemma.

    • Vana

      October 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I agree with you, what I found as a natural organic product that gives an even better result then conventional product. all there products are organic certified made with natural fruit juice.

  5. bhavya

    January 21, 2015 at 5:39 am

    then what should i use to wash my face and i need to put sunscreen or else i get pigmentation all over my face. what ingredients should i look out for, and can you please recommend good products ?

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