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Why Makeup Is a Growing Health Concern

By Brandi Goodman

Makeup has been used for centuries, but today's world is caking it on like never before. You see makeup tutorials posted everywhere with women and men alike using brushes and sponges to put on concealer, powder, shadows, and so much more. This is becoming a growing health concern for many reasons.

Makeup Damages the Skin

Many makeup versions are dangerous to the skin. This is especially true if you're caking it on thick and keeping it on all day and night. You should really use a light layer instead of covering up your blemishes completely and covering your entire face. It's also wise to wipe it all off at night so your skin has the chance to recover and rejuvenate while you sleep.

Bacteria Grows on Makeup

Bacteria grows on makeup more than you may like to think. Those who spend a ton on the expensive stuff probably aren't throwing it out when they should. You should never keep the same makeup for years at a time, let alone months. Six months is about the limit for most versions. You should get rid of mascara in three. Don't forget about the brushes, either. These need to be washed after every use. Letting them sit with the makeup you just applied to your skin is a for-sure risk of spreading bacteria and germs. Beauty blenders and sponges can't be washed very well and require frequent replacement to keep you safe.

Makeup Sharers Beware

Most people keep their makeup to themselves. However, say a friend comes over or your sister visits. Would you really say no to letting her try some of yours? Makeup sharers need to beware that they could be spreading germs and exposing themselves to illness. Even if it's your family member, a brush going into one person's eye should never be going into another. You're only asking to risk infection.

Sunscreen Gets Avoided

Many of those who choose to wear a lot of makeup don't apply the sunscreen their skin needs. If you're going to wear makeup while outdoors, at least choose versions with some SPF protection if you can find them. You should really be putting sunscreen on your skin first before applying anything else so it can protect those most sensitive layers. 

Makeup is a growing health concern that can be avoided. Do your best to limit your makeup regimen and keep as much as your skin free from the stuff as possible. If you do choose to wear it, at least wipe it off before the end of your day. Your skin can really suffer if you don't.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Jordan, Utah.

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