Cosmetics could cause health problems

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Many girls use cosmetics as part of their daily routine.

By Shaylee Dillen & Tracy Geibel
Staff Writer & Lifestyle Editor /Spectator

If you’re a girl, you know the struggle and the desire for fuller, longer eyelashes and more shapely eyebrows; applying makeup becomes a necessity in many girls’ morning routines. 

Girls have quite a variety of makeup options, but the effects of makeup and bad habits with makeup can have lifelong effects on skin.

“Even the highest quality, most ‘natural’ makeup can wreak havoc on your skin and bad makeup habits can be a sneaky culprit behind some skin conditions,” according to healthyskinportal.com.

Cosmetics can have dangerous long-term effects, according to cancer.org.  There are few long-term studies of cosmetics and much is unknown about the effects these products might have.

According to cancer.org, “Even when ingredients in cosmetics have been tested, the results may not always be simple or clear cut. For example, some ingredients in cosmetics have been found to be toxic in large amounts (or at high concentrations). But the amounts of these ingredients used in cosmetics are typically much lower than what caused ill effects in studies.”

Additionally, research states that little is known about the effects of mixing different makeup products, and while cosmetics are often tested to see the possibility of irritation and allergic reactions, even then, they are rarely checked for short-term health effects. Yet, those shortterm problems are found quickly.

“Short-term health effects are likely to become apparent once a product reaches the market and is used widely,” stated cancer.org. “It is much more difficult, however, to identify long-term toxic or carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.”

Healthyskinportal.com recommends purchasing makeup with SPF to protect your face from the sun, too, especially in the spring and summer when the sun starts coming out again.

For those who are acne-prone, the site suggests avoiding products with ingredients like lanolins, isopropyl myristate and red cosmetics. 

Yet, one of the most important things when wearing makeup is to take it off every now and then. Taking makeup off before going to bed was emphasized by healthyskinportal.com.  Likewise, wearing makeup while working out can help keep skin healthy. Some people choose natural makeup options, but the word natural doesn’t often mean that the product is healthy.

“My personal goal is to educate as many people as possible to read their labels and do not take the word ‘natural’ for granted,” said founder of Cosmetics Without Synthetics, Marj Melchiors.

WINK Natural Cosmetics has created a new product, the WINK Beauty Booster, made from all-natural ingredients promising to create fuller lashes and brows without any side effects, according to a press release. 

WINK Beauty Booster is reportedly a combination of fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 without ingredients known to be harmful to skin and hair, such as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance and hormones. You only reportedly have to apply it once a day to get results and on average, users saw a 20 percent increase in their eyelash count, according to winknaturalcosmetics.com.

There are many natural makeup options, including name brands like Sephora and Ulta, but the most important part in skin protection is taking care of your skin.

As women age, due to over-plucking and the use of products like eyelash curlers, fake eyelashes and mascara, eyelashes and eyebrows tend to thin and not grow back as full as they once did. But, by starting good makeup habits, young woman can take care of their eyelashes, eyebrows and skin so that they can have healthy skin throughout their life.

Tracy Geibel is the lifestyles editor for the Spectator, and Shylee Dillen is a staff writer. They can be reached by 814-732-2266.