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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Beauty is a subjective standard, but there is no doubt that much of society thrives on and profits from the concept. Using chemicals to alter or enhance one’s appearance is a little bit scary. Certainly the FDA is supposed to monitor products of this nature, but I am a bit concerned about the speed with which some products seem to be improved.  In addition, there are always stories of government officials making decisions based on personal profit. With the help of the internet there are well researched, safe, and natural options for many beauty treatments. Go natural.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the cosmetics that worries me most as a parent is hair dye. I have heard that there are some dangerous carbons used in their manufacture and there was a case in the U.K. recently where a woman treated her hair in the shower, rinsed, but woke in the morning with burns to her face, neck scalp and hands. They said it was a one off reaction.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think that the natural products on the market today are a much better alternative than the chemical versions. Companies have realized that consumers want safer, more environmentally friendly products and there are some exciting new ones on the market.
giorgiana1976 | Student

From the banality of lip gloss to perfume, more than 515 chemicals are used daily in the care of women, reveals a survey conducted by a British team from the University of Medicine. Researchers say that beauty products can lead to cancer, skin allergies and can cause a hormonal imbalance, because certain products penetrate deeply into the skin.

Thus, scientists have compiled a list of the number of chemicals found in cosmetics. Hand cream seems to be the most harmless "accessory", since it contains only 11 chemicals.

Same amount of harmful substances found in hair spray, which can cause allergies to the scalp, the eyes, the throat or nose, especially as the product comes into direct contact with skin. Specialists in Dermatology recommend using this product from a distance of about 30 centimeters.

The same survey shows that the hair shampoo contains 15 harmful substances that can lead to irritation in the scalp, or the eye diseases.

Paraben is one of the most common substances in cosmetic products, which is harmful to human organism. This chemical  has the property to keep a validity period of products. Problems such as infertility, cancer and homonal imbalances occure because Paraben penetrates the human body.

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