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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
Advances in health and medicine.
Women's Health Channel
Reported February 6, 2013

Dangerous Beauty Routines - Smart Move


Beauty can be an obsession and with 80% of women polled in a 2006 survey saying that they compete with other women when it comes to their appearance, finding ways to enhance beauty is becoming more and more popular. These heightened expectations of beauty can drive some people to act in dangerous ways. An example is unhealthy methods to lose weight, like smoking or vomiting, which more than half of teenage girls have admitted to using. However, common beauty practices can harm more than a woman’s self-esteem; they can even cause serious physical harm. (Source: YWCA USA)

 The Beauty Hazards That Made Our List Are:

  • Pedicures and Manicures
  • Spray tans
  • Artificial eye lashes
  • Body waxing
  • Numbing cream for laser hair removal treatments

 Risky Makeup: You may have fond memories of putting on your mom’s makeup as a child, but there could be something more sinister lurking in the widely used products. In two separate FDA investigations, varying amounts of lead were found in every lipstick tested, even those produced by popular companies like Revlon, M.A.C., and L’Oreal. Your mascara can also pose a risk with 33% of mascaras tested in an Oklahoma College of Optometry study having some sort of bacteria, including staphylococcus. The bacteria can easily enter the eye during application, increasing the risk for eye infections. (Source:

 Avoid the Hazards: Despite the possible hazards, women are most likely not going to stop their beauty routines anytime soon, but there are some steps that can be taken to ensure you remain gorgeous and healthy. One being toss old makeup, especially those used around the eyes. Mascara should be safe for about three months; any longer and you risk bacteria setting up a permanent residence on the mascara wand. Another tip is to read what ingredients are used in your beauty products and if the ingredients are not listed, don’t use it! (Source:

Stacy Chimento, M.D.
Miami, FL
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