While many feel that it is important to look beautiful – especially when attending a fancy function or special occasion – it is essential to be aware that certain types of cosmetics and makeup could pose some serious health risks or other dangers.
One of the most common risks to using various makeup and related items is that of allergy or sensitivity to the product’s ingredients. This can include anything as mild as a slight skin irritation or itchiness to extremely painful lesions that can literally damage the skin.
Regulation of Certain Items
In fact, because some products may even have a therapeutic effect on your body, they may even need to be regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). For example, some types of toothpaste that contain fluoride, as well as some brands of sunscreen are subject to certain health regulations due to their prevention of disease or condition – this includes cavities in the case of toothpaste and sunburn in the case of sunscreen.
How to Protect Yourself from Harmful Effects
In order to ensure that you are following safety procedures when using potentially harmful items, there are several steps you can take. These include:
- Always read the directions and warning labels on the product packaging.
- Prior to using a new hair dye or cosmetic, it is a good idea to try a patch test on just one small area of your skin or hair and then wait for at least 24 hours to see if you have a reaction. If so, cease using the product immediately.
- Wash your hands prior to applying makeup. This way, you are better insured for a potential adverse reaction to the new product with any residue that you may have already had on your hands.
- It is a good idea to store your makeup and other cosmetics in an area that is not too warm or too cold, such as in your car during extremely hot or cold times of year.
- Never use products from a spray can near a source of heat. This includes hair spray, some deodorants, and other related products.
- Although many cosmetic and makeup products do not have a date of expiration listed on their packaging, it is a good idea to change products at least every three months just to be safe. This is especially important with products such as mascara that will be used near the eyes.
- In addition, all cosmetic products and other related toiletries should be kept out of the reach of small children. These products could cause a rash or harmful reaction on a child’s skin. In addition, by doing so, you will also prevent the child from swallowing any harmful material.
Certainly, you should also be wary of any advertisement for a cosmetic or makeup related product that boasts claims that sound too good to be true – because in all likelihood, they are! Therefore, be sure that you do some research on any new product you are considering purchasing.