Hazardous Materials in Cosmetics. Some hazardous substances contained in cosmetics on the market are as follows:
1. Mercury is a dangerous heavy metals. The use of mercury in whitening creams can cause various effects such as changes in skin color that causes black spots on the skin, allergies and skin irritation. Use of high amounts of mercury can cause permanent damage to the brain, kidney, and disruption of fetal development. In the short term can cause vomiting, lung damage and cancer.
2. Hydroquinone is a reducing agent soluble in water and commonly used in the washing process print image. Hydroquinone ability to inhibit the formation of melanin (skin pigment) make it a popular ingredient in cosmetics, that is for skin whitening products (bleach). However, the use of Hydroquinone in the long term and high dosisi can make skin red and burning as well as abnormalities in the kidneys, blood cancer and cancerous liver cells.
3. Lauril sodium sulfate (SLS) is often found in soap products, a mixture of shampoo, toothpaste, and cleaning the body. SLS are irritants and can trigger dermatitis. SLS also contain formaldehyde that can trigger allergies, asthma, headaches, depression, dizziness, and joint pains. SLS can cause great irritation of the skin and cause cataracts and disturb the child’s eye health in children.
4. Rhodamin dye is a synthetic dye that is generally used as dye paper, textiles or ink. These pigments can cause irritation of the respiratory tract and is a carcinogenic substance. Rhodamin in high concentrations can cause liver damage.
5. K.3 Red Dye (CI 15,585), Red K.10 (Rhodamin B) and Orange K.1 (CI 12,075) is a synthetic dye that is generally used as dye paper, textiles or ink. This dye substance is carcinogenic (can cause cancer). Rhodamin B in high concentrations can cause liver damage.
6. Ingredients Paraben Preservatives. Paraben is used especially in cosmetics, deodorant, and several other skin care products. This substance can cause redness and allergic reactions in the skin. The latest research in the UK mentioned that there is a relationship between the use of paraben with increased incidence of breast cancer in women. There was also mentioned that paraben concentration is very high at 90% of breast cancer cases studied.
7. Propylene Glycol. Found on some beauty products, cosmetics and facial cleansers. This substance can cause redness of the skin and contact dermatitis. A recent study also showed that this substance can damage the kidneys and liver.
8. Isopropyl Alcohol. Alcohol is used as a solvent in some skin care products. These substances can cause skin irritation and damage to the skin layer of acid so that bacteria can flourish. In addition, alcohol also can cause premature aging.
9. DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) and MEA (Monoethanolamine). This material was found in the plural cosmetic and skin care products. These hazardous materials can cause allergic reactions and the expected long-term use may increase the risk of kidney and liver cancer.
10. Mineral oil. Mineral oil made from petroleum derivatives and is often used as raw material to make body creams and cosmetics. Baby oil is made with 100% mineral oil. This oil will coat the skin like a coat so that the expenditure toxins from the skin suffers. This will cause acne and other skin complaints.
11. Polyethylene glycol (PEG). This material is used to thicken the cosmetic products. PEG will disturb the skin’s natural moisture that causes premature aging and skin becomes vulnerable to bacteria.
12. Retinoat acid / tretinoin / retinoic acid can cause dry skin, burning sensation, teratogenik (defects in the fetus).
Tips Choosing a Cosmetic Beauty Tools for Women
Content of the materials that are harmful to the beauty products that do not have to make us afraid to use beauty products that help enhance the appearance of women. There are several ways that we can do to overcome it.
To prevent the danger of cosmetics that contain hazardous materials such there are several ways we can do, among others:
1. Choosing products that are listed in the government. It can be seen from the sign of product code number.
2. Choose products that supervised medical team / doctor. There are many products in the processing under the supervision of specialists, including cosmetic products made in the country.
3. Using cosmetic products on the doctor ordered, especially doctors who are experts in skin and cosmetics.
Therefore, as a woman and a consumer of cosmetics for granted we know the content of the material contained on these beauty products before deciding to buy the product. This is done so that we avoid the substances that are dangerous in the beauty products and should never be fooled by the word ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ on the product packaging. Be selective in choosing safe cosmetics for the skin.