Follow these safety tips to avoid skin irritation and make the most out of your cosmetics.
15 Safety Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Cosmetics
1. Use Products with Natural Ingredients
A lot of cosmetics on the market today are formulated with a number of different toxic chemicals that can irritate your skin. Most of these chemicals can also harm your health due to regular exposure.
The best way to reduce your exposure to these chemicals is by choosing products that contain fewer synthetic chemicals or only natural ingredients. Natural makeup products can be a lot safer for your skin because their ingredients are milder.
Products made from natural ingredients will also lower the chemicals you release inside your home. They are also environmentally safe and biodegradable which reduces your toxic waste.
2. Make Your Own Cosmetics
Sometimes companies don’t list all of the ingredients in their cosmetics. You could be putting harmful chemicals on your body without knowing it.
If you make your own cosmetics, you’ll be 100% sure of what safe and natural ingredients are lathered onto your skin. Making your own personal care products like lip scrubs is also a fun and easy project.
3. Do Research on Your Makeup Products
Since some products aren’t properly regulated like fragrances and perfumes, it’s best to do your own research. Doing extensive research on a product will tell you more about the long and hard-to-pronounce chemicals in the ingredients list.
One of the best ways to stay informed about cosmetic safety tips is through online forums, blogs, apps, and published scientific articles. Scientific studies about cosmetics will show you what toxic chemicals it can contain and its harmful effects on your health.
4. Read Product Labels Carefully
Always read the labels and directions on your cosmetic products. This will help you be more familiar with the product’s ingredients, side effects, and how to use it.
You should also be wary of the label “hypoallergenic” because it doesn’t mean the product won’t cause any allergic reactions at all. The FDA hasn’t provided a clear definition for this label which means most brands may put it on to make the product seem safer to use.
5. Do Not Share Cosmetics
Sharing cosmetics is one of the easiest ways to spread infection. This can also contaminate your makeup product with another person’s germs which makes your cosmetic no longer safe.
6. Do a Skin Test
Whenever you’re buying cosmetics, always do a skin test before putting it on your face or a larger part of your skin. Swab some of the product on the back of your hand and wait a few hours to see if you’ll react to the product badly.
7. Always Wash Your Hands
You use your hands to touch a lot of things which make them the ideal carrier of bacteria. Always wash your hands before you use any cosmetic product.
8. Practice Eye Cosmetic Safety Tips
Your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body which makes all of these safety tips even more important. There are also additional tips to follow that ensure you are being safe with the cosmetics you use on your eyes:
- Only use products that are meant for your eyes. Don’t use a lip liner as an alternative eyeliner because you may spread bacteria from your lips to your eyes.
- Avoid products with color additives such as permanent tint and kohl because these are harsh chemicals not meant for the eye area and may contain lead.
- Don’t scratch your eyeball. When applying makeup like mascara and eyeliner, always try to avoid touching your eyes with the wand and pencil.
- Don’t apply eye cosmetics if you have an eye infection because the bacteria will spread to the product. Throw away any makeup that has been exposed.
- Don’t use any old containers of eye makeup. After 3 months of opening, throw away your eye makeup.
9. Make Sure the Containers are Tightly Closed
The best way to lengthen the shelf life of your cosmetics and keep them safe to use is by tightly closing the containers. This will keep any bacteria and moisture from entering and living in your cosmetics.
You should also keep it out of the sun and away from extreme temperatures. These can quickly break down the preservatives in the makeup.
10. Throw Away Spoiled Cosmetics
Cosmetic products may not seem like perishables because they don’t have expiration dates by they do have a shelf life. Current U.S. regulations don’t require companies to label expiration dates but these products can go bad when the preservatives break down.
To find out if your cosmetics are spoiled, watch out for changes since you first opened the product. If it changes color or develops an odor, throw it away immediately.
11. Don’t Add Saliva to Makeup
After a while, some liquid cosmetics like mascara lose their consistency. This is the right time to throw away the product because some of its ingredients are spoiled.
Don’t keep it around and add liquids like your saliva to make it smoother. This will contaminate the container with bacteria and adding water can also promote microbial growth.
12. Avoid Using Aerosol Products
Aerosols can cause an attack when sprayed indoors or near a person with asthma. They contain chemicals that are flammable and extremely harsh to the environment.
These products often contain carcinogenic chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene, while it’s fragrance ingredient is secretly made from over 400 chemical compounds. You would be exposing your skin and lungs to these chemicals every time you spray.
Instead of using aerosol deodorant, hairspray, and sunscreen, use creams and pump sprits which don’t release chemicals in the air.
13. Contact Your Doctor
If you experience any bad reactions from your cosmetics such as rashes, redness, swelling, or boils, you should contact your doctor immediately. Tell them everything you know about the product as well as where you applied the product.
If it’s an infection, you may need to see your doctor to prescribe antibiotics.
14. Share Information and Experiences
Online forums are especially great for finding cosmetic tips and first-hand experiences from other users of the products. It’s also a great place for you to share your experience and help spread awareness.
This will also help you find more like-minded people and maybe a great platform to promote better cosmetic regulations. You can join petitions such as Clean Beauty Lobby that calls for transparent labeling of makeup products.
15. Report to the FDA
The best way to help regulate these products is by reporting any problems you experience (bad odor, unfamiliar ingredients, and rashes) to the FDA. These products don’t go through the FDA before they’re sold in stores but the FDA investigates them depending on consumer reports.
You can report a product in different ways:
- Call 1-800-FDA-1088.
- File a voluntary report online on their website.
- Report to the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.
- Contact MedWatch (FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program).
Watch this video about tips to keep your beauty products safe from The Beauty Fox:
Without proper regulations, you don’t know what harmful chemicals may be in your cosmetic products. The best safety tips include doing product research and using natural alternatives that are milder on your skin. Organic products are well-suited for all skin types.
What other cosmetics safety tips do you follow? Share them with us in the comments section below!
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