Are cosmetics safe?

Yes, for the most of you it is safe. You are sailing on the protective side of the beauty world while using cosmetics. Serious problems from cosmetics are rare. But sometimes problems can happen.

Health problems due to cosmetics

  1. The most common injury from cosmetics is from scratching the eye with a mascara wand. Eye infections can result if the scratches go untreated so use your mascara well. These infections can make you suffer from ulcers on the cornea, loss of lashes, or even blindness. To be safe, never try to apply mascara while traveling in vehicle.
  2. Sharing make-up with your friends can also lead to serious problems. Cosmetic brushes and sponges pick up bacteria from the skin. And if you moisten brushes with saliva, the problem can be worse. Washing your hands before using make-up will help prevent this problem.
  3. Mascara flakes into your eyes while you sleep, you might wake up with itching, bloodshot eyes, infections, or eye scratches. So while buying cosmetics be sure of what’s in the market.
  4. Cosmetic products that come in aerosol containers also can be a hazard. Until hairs pray is fully dry, it can catch on fire and cause serious burns. Fires related to hair sprays have caused injuries and death. Aerosol sprays or powders also can lead to lung damage if they are deeply inhaled into the lungs.

Safety tips while using cosmetics

  1. Washing your hands before using makeup will help prevent exposing the makeup to bacteria.
  2. Keep makeup containers closed tight when not in use. Keep makeup out of the sunlight to avoid destroying the preservatives.
  3. Do not sleep with your make-up on your face. Wash your face well before sleeping.
  4. Don’t use eye cosmetics if you have an eye infection such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), and throw away any makeup you were using when you first discovered the infection.
  5. Never add any liquid to a product unless the instructions tell you to.
  6. Throw away any makeup if the color changes or an odor develops.

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