The Potentially Harmful Effects of Beauty Products

February 19th, 2018
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People want to look their best, so they can feel their best. To do this, many of us turn to video tutorials and recommendations for beauty products from the web. But if you are anything like me, who still doesn’t know the difference between concealer and foundation (seriously, what is it?), you need some help. A quick search on YouTube or Google will yield thousands of beauty tips and recommendations for various beauty products. You can find anything from “8 Mascara Hacks You Need To Know!” to “Top 5 Best Anti-Aging Serums.”

Beauty Products Can Have Side Effects

What some people sometimes forget to consider are the possible side effects of these products. Everyone has different body chemistry and some can have some pretty severe skin reactions. A study published in August of 2017 reports side effects including rashes, hair loss and other dermatological problems, while some long term reports have even cited cancer as a possible side effect. We're not saying you should ditch your morning beauty routine and go au naturale. But, maybe before you start slathering your face with mystery product A., you might want to test out a small bit of the product on another part of your body to see how your skin reacts.

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Ask Your Electrologist

Another way to be careful about the products you use is to steer clear of the chemicals that can cause the most harm. These include harsh products containing glycolic, salicylic or retinoic acid. Why would cosmetics contain potentially harmful chemicals? Unfortunately, cosmetics are grossly underregulated in the United States. This is why it is important to be an informed consumer. When in doubt, ask your electrologist! Your electrologist is a skin care professional and can help you find the right products for your skin type.

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