The Many Ways Cheap Makeup Is Aging Your Skin

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When you beat your face to the gods your goal is obviously to improve your appearance – in the least, enhance your natural beauty.

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But how is that seemingly harmless, perfect beat really affecting your skin? Although in most cases, makeup doesn’t create many negative side effects — other than the early-morning frustration of applying a flawless look in 5 minutes. Using cheap brands – chock full of harmful synthetic chemicals (zinc oxide, BHA, barium sulphate) — could easily cause unsightly, long-lasting skin conditions.

These reactions come in two forms: irritant contact dermatitis, an itching or burning reaction to a product irritating the skin and allergic contact dermatitis, a “true” allergy specific to ingredients that result in swelling, itching, or blisters, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Both types are most commonly caused by fragrances or preservatives found in cheap makeup and other skin care products.

Sure, slashed price tags may be enticing in comparison to brands like MAC, Nars, Too Faced and Bobbi Brown. But, when using these widely available products, created with a long line of ingredients you can’t pronounce, you run the risk of facing a variety of long-term issues: severe acne, scarring from irritation and even burns. In other words, you’ll likely break the bank at the dermatologist, trying to reverse these reactions.

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Other adverse reactions include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Dry and dull skin
  • Rashes
  • Break down elasticity and natural collagen, resulting in saggy skin
  • Age spots
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Wrinkles