We use all sorts of products on our hair and skin – hair dyes, gels, make-ups, lotions, shampoos, and other kinds of powders and creams. We slather these on our skin, put them on our face, or use them on or near the eye area. We’re pretty confident that the products we’re using are safe. And it’s actually harder to tell these days because lots of products are food-based, like your favorite strawberry shower gel, cucumber and melon lotion, or green tea body mist. These products are certainly appealing to our senses, but we should always remember that many of these do contain harmful substances.
Potentially Dangerous Ingredients in Common Products
– Coal Tar Derived Elements
Is it possible for people to die due to hair dyes? Some have died from hair dyes because of the product PPD or paraphenylenediamine. This causes an allergic reaction, and a sensitive person can experience mild effects, like itching or burning sensations. But others undergo difficulty of breathing and other respiratory ailments. If the victim is not taken to the emergency room, he or she could die. PPD also causes cancer, but manufacturers still use this in minute amounts.
So, you want to have glowing white skin? If you only knew the dangers of using whitening products, maybe you’d appreciate your present skin color even more. What about anti-aging creams and lotions? These will surely get rid of the small lines that mar your beautiful face. Really, your quest for beauty can be your downfall. Check your anti-aging and whitening products. See if these contain mercury, calomel, mercurous chloride, or mercuric. These forms of mercury can cause damage to main internal organs, like the brain and heart.
– Other Potentially Harmful Substances
Formaldehyde, the stuff they use to preserve dead bodies, and cocamide DEA are common ingredients in hair dyes too. But these are carcinogenic elements. Then, there’s lead, which is often found in lipsticks. Would you still want to smear on your favorite coral lipstick if you knew that it contains lead? Better opt for petroleum-based lip colors, which are safer alternatives.
– Stuff Pregnant Women Should Avoid
Women want to have smooth skin, and they abhor wrinkles and other blemishes. But be very careful if you’re pregnant. Avoid using products with vitamin A-derived retinoids, DHA or dihydroxyacetone, salicylic acid, and hydroquinone. These affect the unborn child in many negative ways. Before using any skin or hair product, and more importantly before taking medicines for acne or other blemishes, consult your doctor first.
Bad Reactions and Legal Matters
We are consumers and we need to be aware. Always expect that producers or manufacturers will make their products look attractive and harmless. Even some companies that pride themselves on being safe and eco-friendly still have to use some dangerous chemicals because these are needed. As patrons, we need to be more vigilant about what we use.
Just in case you encounter a problem with a product that you’re using, maybe you had an allergic reaction to a lipstick or a moisturizer, approach a personal injury lawyer. These kinds of attorneys can help you make a claim so that you will be compensated for your injuries.