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Perfume and Cosmetics – A Serious Addiction

As a woman, I think I am addicted to perfume and cosmetics. I don’t think there is a woman out there who doesn’t own a tube of lipstick or mascara. I think at my thirteenth birthday party I hired a beautician to do my and my friends’ makeup. Since that day forward, I have had this small addiction to buy new beauty products every so often, let’s say on average every six months. I wonder if it is a socialized thing or women inherently want to look beautiful.

When I go into a department store, or Sephora, for example, I have this urge to try on as many cosmetics that I see. It is fun to experiment. Sometimes I’m in more of an eye mood, where I’ll want to try on every single color eye shadow I see. And sometimes it’s all about the lips. I will experiment with different shades of lipstick and lip gloss. Sometimes it does seem silly though, that there are so many different types of the same cosmetic out there. For example, you can find eye shadow in a powder, stick, or gel form. It is all the same thing, right? People are trying to come up with more unique ways to sell makeup.

It is also fun to try on new perfumes. You may need one kind of perfume for a date, another for a business meeting, and yet another for just every day use. Sometimes women just want to smell beautiful, and not necessarily to try to attract a man. In fact, I don’t really think the real reason women want to look beautiful is for men. It is for themselves. And for the greater competition against other women.

I think there is a sort of pressure on women and competition amongst them to look beautiful. Even to the point that people are willing to make themselves look more beautiful for their whole lives with cosmetic surgery. I wonder why someone would go to such great lengths to make their eyebrows one centimeter higher than their eyelid. I think Hollywood has a lot to do with this. It started out with just celebrities going to get face lifts and nose jobs, and now it is not so uncommon among the rest of the population.

I think girls do grow up wanting to look pretty. Take for example a little girl playing with two dolls. One of the dolls is just average looking, the other more pretty in appearance. The girl will most likely like the prettier doll better. Is this something innate or learned from society? We grow up watching our mothers put on makeup and movie stars with their newest fashions. We want to be like them. We want to look feminine.

While I would never go get a face lift or nose job, I am just fine with continuing to buy the next Mac or Clinique product out there. But next time you buy your own cosmetic, the thought might occur to you, am I buying this out of an addiction, to look beautiful for myself, or someone else?

Gorgeousness on Top of Danger – How Safe Are Your Beauty and Personal Care Merchandise?

Cosmetics have always been a part of the lives of humans, especially in women. It has been a companion of women to reinforce their health and beauty. But, simply like how long beauty and personal hygiene merchandise are popularly used, fears of their safety are debated for years. All these qualms are targeted on the damage the chemicals or ingredients in these cosmetic products pose to the consumers. Some disclose it’s affordable to assume that we do not want to query the security of cosmetics within the market these days because the govt. and involved institutions are looking when our best interest.

This outlook would possibly be spot on or not. The govt. and cosmetics corporations would possibly be implementing ways that to pursue cosmetics safety but there are still an entire vary of unsafe cosmetics being sold this time. Development in the safety of beauty and personal hygiene product should be given the immediate interest. You never recognize that your mascaras, eye shadows, hair coloring product, deodorants, lipstick, face creams, sunscreen lotions, and many additional are hurtful to your health. You have to be cautious concerning these risky cosmetics that you’ll be able to find on the shelves of major department stores.

At the moment, there are many technical studies to substantiate and evaluate these chemicals and their outcomes to health. However whereas we have a tendency to are looking ahead to the results of those studies, it is suitable to equip ourselves with the knowledge regarding these ingredient and how we have a tendency to will avoid them. It’s better to be prepared than bear the implications of those hazardous cosmetics.

When searching for a face and skin cream, you should as abundant as possible opt for natural skin care products. You may be baffled with the numerous brands of creams available. All you wish to seem for are natural ingredients like honey, fumaric acid, Vitamin E, tannic acid, chamomile, and people alternative natural substances. You must browse the sticker on the products.

Triclosan on oral care product like toothpaste ought to be relinquished. You would like to go herbal as it assures you that it cannot harm you and different family members who apply it.

Hair coloring product could include noxious substances, thus you would like to read their labels and if unsure analysis for the security of the ingredients. Rinse your hair once coloring it not before. If you rinse your hair prior to coloring it, you take away the sebum that may defend your scalp from irritating and damaging substances within the product. You want to stay away from hair colorings with dark permanent colors. Choose fair colours because it appears those with strong colors have been connected to having damaging substances.

When buying perfumes, you wish to direct your interest to the chemicals found in it, not solely how smart and nice it smells. It may smell sensible but is full with lethal chemicals. Investigations illustrate that perfumes that have artificial musk can affect the endocrine system when it’s absorbed in your skin. You would like to stay with perfumes with nitrate musk. You wish to additionally stay aloof from perfumes with phthalates which are used to lengthen the life of perfumes.

Around deodorants, you would like to pass up two compounds that are mostly found in them nowadays. These two chemicals are aluminum salts and every one forms of parabens. Sometimes, deodorant labels don’t mention their names instead they are simply termed as “Cas 94-18-8.” Therefore be observant for these ingredients as they are connected to breast cancer incidence.

Each complete of makeup could assure you that they are tested nontoxic for dermatological use. However, do not be continually tricked because as harbor for artificial colors they are positively cause pressure to your health. Evade makeup, like lipsticks and eye shadows, with azoic colorants. There are many articles and advertisements that articulate mineral makeup are safer options for your skin. However don’t let yourself be misled. Mineral makeup want binders for them to feel smooth on your skin and you would like to stay aloof from those who contain magnesium stearate, ferric ferrocyanide, chromium green oxide, zinc stearate, and parabens. Nearly all of those chemicals are added to lengthen the life of the makeup and are actually cause hurt to your health. Avoid also the ingredient bismuth oxychloride. Fornail polish, you need to avoid the cancerous ingredient referred to as formaldehyde.

You want to keep in mind that it is better to use caution than to forfeit your health simply for the pursuit of beauty. If you’re feeling any pain while using any product, you need to not hang back to throw it to the closest trash can. With every purchase of any beauty personal care products, you must keep in mind 3 helpful tips. 1st, use merchandise with fewer and easy ingredients. Next, you would like to read every ingredient or chemicals in it. If doubtful, you ought to not obtain it. Always be doubtful of name claims like “dermatologist-tested”, “natural”, or “organic”. And last of all, beyond the claims and gains that the merchandise assures, you need to keep in mind that you should insist safety all the time.

It’s not the price that ought to management your alternative of products, however the security it ensures. Thus if you’re thinking that your product at home are harmful, toss them. Some greenbacks wasted are value preventing health dangers you and your family may be exposed to. Create sensible and healthy selections. You must use caution, sneering, and meticulous to tell the distinction between what is beyond doubt good for your health and nontoxic from what is not.

Cosmetic History Worldwide – Beauty and the Beast

Cosmetic is synonymous to women and we say this because billions of dollars are being spent by women on cosmetics to increase their beauty quotient. Cosmetics are an indispensable part of a woman’s life – the love for beauty-enhancing elements cuts across all strata of society. In my effort to dig into the cosmetic history and unearth the love affair between women and cosmetics, I came across many interesting facts that I wish to share with all my readers.

Delving into the history of the use of cosmetics, we know that the Egyptians were the ones who started it all (sometime around the 4th century BC). There are historical evidences of the Egyptians using eye paints, scented oils and even animal fat based creams. These cosmetics were used by the women of the upper class in order to enhance the beauty of their facial skin and even treat skin problem like wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, hair growth etc. This brings us to an interesting conclusion i.e. there has not been any major shift in the purpose behind the usage of cosmetics.

The Western part of the world was a late entrant into cosmetic history and the use of cosmetics and it all started during the middle ages. Here too cosmetics were an elite affair and the commoners were bereft of this luxury. The use of cosmetics was not taken in a very positive way by the Church and it ultimately banned its use. Queen Victoria extended her support for the Church’s position. Thus cosmetics found its new lovers in the brothels where it adorned the faces of prostitutes. An interesting twist to the story came with Hitler declaring that cosmetics were better suited for the faces of Clowns and women belonging to the master race should shun its use.

The next two hundred years witnessed a rapid growth in cosmetic usage and even women belonging to the lower strata of the society started to use cosmetic products. The 18th century was very significant in terms of the changes in technology for the production of cosmetics. The French started to use new methods, chemicals and natural ingredients. Safer chemicals like zinc oxide were being used as the base and the use of lead or copper was abolished. At the end of the 19th century, the first beauty salons were set up.

Rapid use of makeup cosmetics started from the early 1930s; actresses and theater artists started to use make up in their films. Sarah Bernhardt and Jean Harlow spearheaded the so-called cosmetic movement and made the use of cosmetics fashionable. After World War II, there was rapid growth in the cosmetic industry where more and more women started using cosmetics. Soon with the introduction of electronic media like TV and Radio, cosmetics became a part of every woman’s life.

To date the significance of cosmetics has not reduced, but in fact, increased in the life of women. It is now over a 50 billion dollar industry. However, as its history evolves, cosmetics will take on new meaning. Past cosmetic history focused on women’s beauty and the culture of anti-aging. The future will focus on the dangers inherent in the continued use of synthetically formulated cosmetic products. These synthetic chemicals have proven to be toxic in nature, and over time, clinical studies will prove them to be hazardous to one’ health. Many of these toxins have already been linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, liver and kidney malfunctions, and much, much more.

Recently, a lecture was presented by the Environmental Working Group, the EWG. Their mission is to protect children from the effects of toxic chemicals in the food, water, air, and products we use daily. Without getting into too much detail here is a summary of the findings of the EWG as it relates to cosmetic products.

Women, on average, use 12 personal care products daily that expose them to 160 toxic chemicals; 10 babies, still in their mother’s womb, were tested for chemicals in their bloodstreams with these results; 287 toxic chemicals were found of which 134 were linked to cancer; 151 were linked to birth defects; 186 were linked to infertility; 130 were linked to the immune system, and so on.

Now, if one questions what this all means, consider the following statistics; there has been an 84% increase in Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in children from 1975 to 2002; a 57% increase in brain cancer during the same period; a doubling of Hypospadias (birth defect of the urethra in males) in infant males in the same period; sperm counts in men are dropping at a rate of 1% per year; 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer; 1 in 3 women will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime; 1 in 2 males will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime.

That is enough statistics to give you pause in the cosmetic products used daily. Past and future articles will delve deeper into this subject. For now, historically, we have presented the two sides of cosmetic history. The past emphasized the beauty aspects of personal care products, while the future should and hopefully focus on the dangers inherent in the daily use of toxic-laden cosmetic products.