Can Makeup Do More Harm Than Good? The Long-Term Effects of Cosmetics
Oct 31, 2012 - by BLISS.
Our makeup routines come just as naturally to us as putting on shoes before leaving the house. From foundation to eye shadow, we cant get enough of our beloved products. But can makeup actually harm while making you look good? Weve wiped the face clean of this issue to see exactly what goes on after we leave the powder room.
While we are all well aware makeup contains chemicals, its the types we are dealing with that we turn the other cheek to. From scary names like parabens, its sometimes easier to pretend we didnt notice and continue applying. And while makeup doesnt necessarily need a life threatening warning label, it doesnt hurt to know a bit more about what youre putting on your skin.
Although you may think youre inferior to certain products because you dont straight up swallow them, it doesnt mean your system is in the clear. Because youre putting makeup directly on your skin, it enters your bloodstream almost immediately. And because many of us use multiple products throughout the day, its the mixing of chemicals we need to watch out for.
Aside from the typical allergic reactions and annoying breakouts, these chemicals have the potential to cause long-term damage. If you expose your skin to multiple products containing chemicals like parabens on a regular basis for an extended period of time, you up your risk for things like breast cancer, aging problems and reproductive impairments.
Other chemicals like petroleum, found in products like lip balm, is a mineral oil jelly that can do more harm than good. While we turn to lip balms with hopes of aiding our dry skin, this chemical can actually lead to dry skin, which completely cancels out the purpose of its placement.
So how can we avoid these chemical combination mishaps? First, read the labels of your makeup. Check out the fine print and read the box before you buy. You can also switch to organic makeup products with natural ingredients that wont irritate your skin as much. Or, if you really want to make a change, go au naturale.
All in all, makeup isnt a total buzzkill unless you drown your skin with multiple products on a daily basis. God help those cake faces!