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Dangerous Beauty – What Price Are You Willing To Pay?


It’s only human nature to want to look as good as you possibly can. Doing so delivers nice rewards - including a huge boost to your emotional and mental health.  But how far are you willing to mindlessly go?

In a recent test 100% of makeup testers found in department stores were contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Whether located at a posh uptown store or in the suburbs, potentially dangerous germs such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, and even E. coli were found.

What’s really going on at the makeup counter?

Samples of lipstick, eyeshadows, and other product testers were full of bacteria.  As shocking as this sounds, it should come as no surprise once you consider what really goes on at the beauty counter.

Part of the problem is that not only are adults handling and contaminating testers, small children have access to samples as well.  To young children, pretty tubes of lipstick and sparkling shadows are as tempting as treats in a candy store. They just have to touch and explore.  What that means to you is every time you try out a new makeup with one of these contaminated testers, chances are you’re choosing beauty over safety.

How these beauty products put you at risk.

Think about it for a minute. How many women and children do you suppose pass by the makeup counters every day? Hundreds would be a safe guess. Among them could be women with herpes, the flu, pinkeye, or unsanitary hands.

Especially hands that weren’t washed after using the restroom.  This dirty truth explains why when tested, beauty products were found to be loaded with not only bacteria, but also feces particles containing E. coli.

The dangers of eyelash extending products.

What woman doesn’t dream of beautiful, long lashes?

The reality is there isn’t an over-the-counter product available that can actually make your eyelashes grow. However, Latisse, a prescription product, does actually work.  If you’re not familiar with Latisse, an ophthalmologist using the drug to treat glaucoma patients discovered its beauty enhancement property. One of the side effects was growing eyelashes.

But there is a high price to pay for long, luscious, sexy eyelashes. Latisse has been known to cause dark discoloration around the eye, eye redness, large veins in the eye, burning and inflammation, and even permanent discoloration of the iris.  Not exactly what you have in mind when you’re thinking beautiful eyes. 

There are some health care professionals who are outraged that the FDA gave approval to Allergan, Inc to market Latisse. The eye is such a sensitive organ and applying a pharmaceutical drug close to it simply for cosmetic reasons is not worth the risk.

Plus, it’s not cheap. You’ll spend $120 for a 30-day supply, which is a nice chunk of change for even a relatively safe cosmeceutical. Latisse is a train wreck waiting to happen.

Hopefully, sooner or later the FDA will wake up and realize that imperfections are not diseases. Not every ailment, the law, or illness has to be treated with pharmaceutical drugs.

Until then, use common sense when shopping for cosmetics.  Remember you’re not the first are the last to handle testers, so treat them accordingly.

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