Top 10 Most Dangerous Cosmetic Items

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Cosmetics are a part of our day to day life. Parties, outings, shopping, or office anywhere we go we need to apply make, for some occasions subtle and for some heavy. Some beauty companies for their own profits often compromise with the quality of ingredients used in manufacturing the products and the result- damage to our skin, followed by other chronic problems. Many times it so happens that the ingredients mentioned are not even true and that affects us. Here is a list top 10 most dangerous cosmetics items:

10. Hair straighteners

Planning to straighten your hair using your own straightener or those in the salons? If yes then before doing that take a look at the effects of using hair straighteners. The different methods of hair straightening include direct heat and harsh chemicals which may prove dangerous at times. The new hair that grows after the process grows frizzier than the normal; it causes dandruff and dries the scalp. Allergy or other types of reactions are commonly associated with hair straightening and it also leads to severe hair fall.

09. Shampoo

Shampoos are used by both men and women almost every other day. But the effects of using too much shampoo have injurious effects. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is perhaps the most dangerous ingredient found in shampoos and soaps. This detergent is widely used in garage floor cleaners, engine cleaners etc. it is used as a foaming agent in the shampoos. It damages the hair follicle and cause hair fall, causes skin inflammation, may cause cataracts in adults and hinder the proper development of children’s eyes. Silicones are used in shampoo to form a thin film on your hair shaft to give a feeling for ‘softness’. Parabens used in shampoos cause tumors in breast

08. Eyeliners

Eyeliners are being used since the time of Cleopatra. She used to wear eyeliner made out of lamp ire and today we use branded pencils or liquids for it. Eyeliners make the eyes more beautiful but its effects are not at all beautiful. Besides the fact that eyeliners are made up of harmful chemicals, applying eyeliners too close to the corners of the eyes where tear glands are can lead to their blockage. The chemicals in eyeliner can cause premature under eye aging

07. Anti-aging and anti- wrinkle creams

Seen those Anti wrinkle and anti-aging commercials on TV? Well, you might get attracted to those adverts thinking it might actually help you to look prettier and younger and does get you the result to some extent. But have you ever thought if it harms your skin in anyways or not? These creams have chemicals called Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids used in them. Using the products containing these chemicals removes dead skin, tightens it and makes it glow radiantly. But in the long run it may cause sore, redness, swelling, rashes, burning and skin irritation. Over time, the skin may even become thinner. These chemicals make skin more prone to UV Radiations and automatically open risk to skin cancer.

06. Deodorants

Deodorants are a must have for both the sex. Pass by a teenage boy or a girl and you will definitely get a whiff of a deodorant. Deodorants are widely used by everyone today. But very few are actually aware of the detrimental effects it has on the skin. It causes allergies, skin reactions. It causes damage only to the skin but also to the other parts of the body. Deodorants have been linked to things like breast cancer, and that the aluminum used in deodorant has been linked with Alzheimers. In some rare cases, it may even lead to heart problems.

05. Sunscreens            

To counteract the harmful effects of the scorching sun we apply sunscreen, but are sunscreens only protecting us without any harmful effects of its own? Sunscreen ingredients including oxybenzone, benzophenone, diisopropyl adipate, octocrylene, retinoic acid and many othersmay be potentially carcinogenic in nature. Oxybenzone is believed to cause allergies, cell damage and hormone disruption. It is believed that sunscreen protects the skin only from UVB rays (the kind that causes sunburns and skin cancers) and not from the claimed UVA rays (the kind that causes tanning, wrinkles and also contributes to skin cancers).

04. Nail polish

Colored and painted nails no wonder look glamorous, but the ingredients used in nail polishes can have negative health impacts. The idea of nail polish as a risky substance gained traction in 2006 when public health advocates began a nationwide protest concerning three compounds — often referred to as “the toxic trio” — in leading nail polish brands. These three compounds consisted of a known carcinogen, formaldehyde, used as a hardening agent, and two materials linked to developmental defects: toluene, to evenly suspend color, and the plasticizer dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, to add flexibility and sheen. Some ingredients used in nail polish have been linked to cancer, heart problems, reproductive abnormalities, thyroid disorders and allergies.

03. Hair dye

Hair dyes have become a common ingredient to either cover grey hair or to make the hair look more attractive by using different shades of colors. But do you know the adverse effects of using these products in the long run? Hair dyes contain chemicals that affect the hair. Dyes contain a chemical called Para Phenyline Diamine, which is responsible for causing all sorts of allergies related to the dyes. According to the American Cancer Society, some ingredients used in hair dyes have been found to cause cancer in lab animals.

02. Mascara

Every women love thick, long eyelashes in order to achieve a classic and dramatic look. And mascara is that one product that can get you longer and voluminous lashes. But little do we know that while trying to get beautiful eyelashes we are harming our eyes. Mascara can easily deteriorate your vision, especially if you use them daily and aren’t hygienic about it. There are four common compounds found in mascara are: 1) Parabens are used in mascara to prevent bacteria from growing in it. The hygienic preservatives have been linked to mimic or disrupt estrogen in the body, also known as an endocrine disruptor. 2) Aluminum powder, a neurotoxin is considered to be far worse than mercury because it has been linked to interfere with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and other tissues and long-term exposure of aluminum powder, it can impair the body’s ability to excrete mercury and as a result, can make whatever amount of mercury that is in your system more toxic. 3) Propylene Glycol, although deemed safe by the FDA, appears to cause severe skin irritation and sensitization in people. 4) Vitamin A Acetate is ranked as a high concern by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) because it can cause biochemical or cellular level changes.

01. Lipstick

Lipsticks are a must have in every women’s purse. Every day millions of women apply lipsticks without even thinking or knowing about the ingredients that it contains. But very few are aware of the fact that some lipsticks can potentially cause lip cancer because of the chemicals used in them. Approximately 67 percent of the lipsticks in the market have lead as a component used in them and lead is well-known to cause cancer. Lead can cause learning, language and behavioral problems. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous even at small doses. So, all the ladies out there, be careful when you purchase a lipstick next time. Be sure to choose the safe thing for yourself.


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