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  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder- but since our survival is largely driven by sexual selection.

  • We often attempt to accentuate our features with makeup.

  • So what exactly is in makeup products, and should we trust these substances that we apply to our bodies?

  • Could makeup actually be bad for you?

  • Historically, ancient Egyptians would grind up a mineral substance containing primarily lead sulphide to rim around their eyes, creating the sultry cleopatra look.

  • Little did they know that lead is a potent neurotoxin, which can lead to learning and behavioural difficulties in children and decrease fertility in both men and women.

  • Later, In 1891, creams, lotions, and blush containing compounds of the radioactive element radium were also sold to women in Europe, promising a youthful glow - until the harmful effects of exposure to radioactivity was discovered, that is.

  • But makeup has come a long way, and now there are only trace amounts of lead found in our products.

  • Lead is found in nature and is therefore an unintentional contaminant from the manufacturing process.

  • An FDA study of 400 tubes of lipstick found concentrations ranged from 0.026ppm to 7.19ppm of lead, which is under Health Canada's limits of 10 ppm.

  • Lipstick is about 47% oils, 36% pigments, 17% waxes and 5% other components including preservatives.

  • The oils are primarily castor oils, extracted from a bean which contains the protein ricinone of the most toxic substances on this planet which has been used as a biological weapon.

  • However, the process of extracting castor oil involves heating, thereby denaturing ricin and rendering it inactive.

  • Pigments now use synthetic dyes due to cost and production efficiencies, although traditionally, red pigments were extracted from dried and crushed cochineal insects.

  • Some blue pigments are created with ferric ferrocyanide.

  • Cyanide is extremely deadly, however in this compound structure, cyanide has a very strong bond to iron.

  • As a result, it is unable to come apart to poison us by eye shadow.

  • When it comes to mascara, we recommend tossing the tube after three months of opening.

  • Harmful bacteria of the Streptococcus species and certain fungi were discovered thriving in 36.4% of mascara tubes.

  • And this is especially important for contact lens wearers, as bacteria can easily enter the micro abrasions caused by the lens itself.

  • Parabens have been a big concern as well as they're in a myriad of cosmetic products.

  • Paraben works by mimicking estrogen and binding to estrogen receptors.

  • This can cause the expression of genes to be changed and communication within cells to be altered.

  • Additionally, it can lead to the growth of certain breast cancer cells.

  • However, many products are switching to paraben free - and a lot of research still needs to be done in order to reach any definitive conclusions.

  • We made a YouTube makeup tutorial parody on Asap thought, to show the science behind chemicals being used for the common makeup products.

  • How about looking with ridiculous and having some laughs?

  • Check out the parody with the link in description and subscribe for more we did science videos.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder- but since our survival is largely driven by sexual selection.

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Is Makeup Bad For You?

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    Coco Hsu posted on 2016/08/03
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