We often apply beauty products to make ourselves look better, but have you considered the cost of using those products? I'm not talking about the hefty sum you pay at the salon, I'm talking about the damage that some beauty products can cause. It's true that some beauty products can cause more harm than good. Here are just five beauty products that cause damage.
Nail Polish Remover
Did you know that it might actually be better for your nails to touch them up than to remove the polish and start all over? The truth is nail polish remover can be very damaging to your nails. The amount of formaldehyde and acetone can dry out your nails and leave them brittle. If you must use nail polish remover, opt for acetone-free brands and use it no more than one per week.
Hair Altering Products
Whether you're straightening your hair or coloring it, hair altering products can not only damage your hair, but can lead to cancer and a number of other health problems. For the sake of this article, we'll stick with how the products affect your hair. The formaldehyde and ammonia in these products can dry out your hair and cause severe damage.
Shampoos That Contain Sulfates
Not all shampoos are created equally and that doesn't just relate to scent or price. In fact, some very expensive shampoos can be just as damaging as that $1 bottle of shampoo. When purchasing shampoo, you want to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates. Sulfates are another ingredient that can be dangerous for your health and may cause cancer and other health concerns. When it comes to your hair, sulfates can damage the follicles. Always check the label of shampoos to make sure you're purchasing sulfate-free brands.
Acne products often do a great job of clearing up dreaded pimples, but sometimes they work too well. Overuse of acne products can dry the skin and may cause irritation, redness and inflammation. If you must use these products, use them as directed.
Lotions That Are Alcohol-Based
Last, but not least, lotions that are alcohol-based are very damaging to the skin. I wash my hands obsessively and in the winter this leads to dry skin. To combat that problem, I use lotion every night before bed. The problem is that alcohol-based lotions may dry the skin even more, especially if the skin is already damaged. Check the label and make sure the product is free of alcohol.
Beauty isn't just skin deep and the effects of some beauty products may not be skin deep either. Some beauty products are not only damaging to your skin, hair and nails, but may also be damaging to your health.