While the intention behind cosmetic products is to enhance beauty, these products can sometimes be harmful. They can hurt the skin or the entire body and could lead to serious health problems.
These are the top products to watch out for:
- Skin Products Containing Mercury
There are tons of skin creams containing mercury, and most of them are purchased from shady locations in the Middle East and Asia. These creams are supposed to make the skin lighter, prevent aging, or prevent wrinkles.
Mercury can cause memory problems and changes in vision. It can also lead to tremors and hearing problems. This heavy metal has been known to cause damage to the nervous system and kidneys. In unborn children, it can hinder brain development. When you use such products, mercury accumulates in the body, and its effects can be adverse.
Since mascara is applied in the eyes, it has a higher probability of contracting bacteria. This is despite the fact that it has preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria. The problem is that the preservatives only last for three months, after which they become ineffective. The preservatives may also be destroyed by heat.
When you apply a bacteria-infected mascara, it can cause sties, or your cornea may get infected.
Mascara can also contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a known lung, eye, and skin irritant. This chemical can combine with others to form a carcinogen.
- Lubricants Containing Parabens
Parabens can lead to reduced sperm count. They can also result in skin or breast cancer.
Parabens may interfere with the normal functioning of hormones by penetrating through the skin and mimicking the work of estrogen. They may also interfere with the reproductive functions of males.
When Parabens are applied to the skin, they do not undergo metabolism and enter the body organs and blood stream.
- Tooth Whitening Products
Tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that can be harmful, sometimes. When the patient is undergoing a dental whitening procedure, the patient is expected to wait for a longer time for the teeth and gums to be soaked.
During this time, the patient may take in a variety of toxins. One of the chemicals that may be swallowed is hydrogen peroxide, which releases free radicals and stimulates the growth of cancer cells. Other products that may be ingested include fluorides, Aluminum, Aspartame, Coal tars, and Benzene.
So, the question is whether Cigna dental insurance may cover such a procedure. Unfortunately, no, in most cases. Typically, dental insurance covers procedures that are related to wellness and health; like root canals and routine cleanings.
- Lipstick Containing lead or BHA and BHT
Sometimes, red lipstick may contain harmful amounts of lead, and ingesting this heavy metal may result in brain damage or behavior abnormalities. Lead has also been linked with miscarriage and reduced fertility in both sexes. In some cases, it can cause delayed puberty in girls.
Even the lowest amount of lead can affect the central nervous system and the fetus. In fact, low exposure to lead can affect the immune system, kidneys, and the cardiovascular system. On the other hand, when the amount is high, the victim may experience an IQ deficit.
Both BHA and BHT are capable of causing allergic reactions. BHT can increase the probability of a tumor and can also cause adverse reproductive effects.
Unfortunately, women continue using these products without checking their labels.