There can be little doubt that today’s teenagers are very image conscious. Many mask their faces in makeup every day, some refusing to leave home without it on. Unfortunately, makeup can be dangerous, especially if a product is out-of-date.
It’s estimated that only 1 in 4 women check the date of make-up products and toiletries. This means millions are putting their health at risk by using old cosmetics.
As a result, some users get rashes, which causes their face to get itchy. Four years ago, rules were brought in by the European Union requiring all cosmetics that could deteriorate after opening to carry advice on when they will expire.
Of the 13,000 chemicals used in cosmetics, it has been reported that only 10% have been safety tested for their harmful reactions!
Authors of the book Drop Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics, Kim Erickson and Samuel Epstein say many ingredients in make-up have been shown to cause cancer in animals and should never be used as part of a beauty routine.
Chemicals to be avoided include:
- Parabens- could give you the risk of breast cancer. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers
- Phthalates- it also has the risk of breast cancer. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.
- Tricolson- it causes skin reactions. There is a lack of evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan, provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
- Formaldehyde- nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful.
The Daily Mail reports that the UK cosmetics industry is worth £4.5billion a year and employs more than 20,000 people. Government regulations approve about 3,000 ingredients for cosmetic use, but many more find their way into the finished products.
One loophole in the rules allows cosmetics to contain banned substances if they cannot ‘reasonably’ be removed.
Allergy specialist Dr Jean Munro stated: “In the last 20 years I have has treated 8,000 women, nearly all of whom were found to have a sensitivity to beauty products. There is no question that people are being damaged by their cosmetics.”
This published guide may be useful to those who use make-up:
Erin, Year 6