Makeup products are all the rage these days, with more than $460 billion profit in 2014 alone. While only an estimate, the cosmetic market will continue to drastically rise in the next 5 years, at an annual rate of 3.8 percent.
Additionally, these products have taken over social media sites like YouTube, with nearly 130,000,000 beauty subscribers in 2015.
A study carried out by The Renfrew Center Foundation found that almost half (44%) of all women said they felt unattractive without makeup. But the problem with relying on makeup to build your self-esteem does not end there. More and more medical practitioners, scientists, and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with how makeup affects our physical health.
According to a study, nearly 44 percent of women feel unattractive without makeup. However, relying on makeup is not the only problem, as these products take their toll on our physical health, too.
The Dangers Of Makeup Products
Nearly all makeup products are packed with chemicals, most of which are extremely detrimental to your health. They are associated with skin dryness, flaking, and often an allergic reaction. These chemicals penetrate the layers of our skin and eventually reach the bloodstream.
A study done back in 1991 found that eye makeup from third-world countries contained high levels of lead. However, it turns out that things haven’t quite changed since then. A relatively new study found that almost half of all kids’ Halloween makeup products tested contained banned and harmful chemical.
Some of The Harmful Chemicals Found By The BCF Study
This bluish-white metal is associated with bone disease, kidney failure, and even cancer. It is believed to be toxic at levels below limits sets by the World Health Organization.
A test on heavy metals done by the FDA found cadmium in Gamble, Mary Kay, Jafra Cosmetics, l’Oreal, Yves Rocher, Revlon, Proctor, and several Estee Lauder, including eye primers, foundation, cream eye shadows, and powder eye shadows.
Toluene, which is typically found in hair dyes and nail products, has been linked to damage of the nervous system and neurological disorders such as dementia.
According to an article published in Dermatitis, these chemicals may lead to allergic reactions like skin rashes and anaphylactic shock. Being used to protect against UV light, they are found in fragrances, shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, lip balms, foundation, nail polish, and baby sunscreens.
Parabens are endocrine disruptors which are added to cosmetic products to prevent bacteria from growing. As such, they are used in perfumes and colognes, but also in lotions, conditioners, shampoos, and shower gels.
Lead is commonly found in products with more products, including eyeliner, eye shadow, foundation, and lipstick. It is also added to blushes, hair dyes, and lip liners. The problem with this metal is that it is associated with infertility, neurological disorders, and even cancer. According to a FDA lab study, lead was also found in products like lotions and baby powders.
Talc used in powder makeup like blush and pressed powder foundation is often contaminated with asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. According to a review published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, many studies link this chemical with ovarian cancer.
It is often found in feminine hygiene products, lipsticks, facemask, baby powders, deodorants, powdered eyeshadows, and foundations.
With this being said, exposure to these chemicals on a regular basis may be a reason for concern. To stay on the safe side, read the labels, reduce the amount of makeup you use, or try some natural makeup products you can make yourself!