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June 22nd, 2007

Make-up Absorption

Red lips

Body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year

“Women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 5lb of chemicals a year into their bodies, it is claimed.

Many use more than 20 different beauty products a day striving to look their best while nine out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date.

Dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed into the body through the skin.

Some synthetic compounds involved have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to premature ageing and cancer.”

Five pounds of make-up a year?! Eek. I don’t wear make-up daily myself. When I was younger I used to wear it daily. Then the grunge movement happened and I stopped wearing make-up and using hairspray and started wearing flannel and combat boots. These days bellbottoms and Chacos are my style but daily make-up wear never made a comeback. For me, make-up wear is reserved for work photos because it really does make my pics turn out better.

But that’s where I sometimes fall into trouble. I’m bad at remembering to throw out old make-up. Since I seldom put it on a tube of lipstick or mascara can last me years. It’s been around a year since I bought my most recent make-up so I need to update my supplies.

Posted by Vixen as Musings at 12:24 PM CDT