In this world where one of the important factors by which one is judged is how great one looks. Be it in real life or in Facebook pictures, there is not only the expectation to look good but we ourselves feel that need of looking good. And this comes with its own price! Yes! We especially women resort to makeup, cosmetics to look good. We seldom refrain from spending money on cosmetics and yes they do make us look beautiful instantly.

The cosmetic ads have been telling us for years how those few drops of foundation and a dash of mascara or that blood red lipstick which Aishwarya Rai wears can make you look charming in an instant. But unfortunately, there is a dark side of make-up or cosmetics which we are not aware of. Most of the makeup products can be very harmful to your skin and body.

Let’s have a look at the major harmful effects of makeup on our skin and body:


Many cosmetics contain chemicals like Diazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin which release formaldehyde (acts as an antimicrobial preservative). It is known to causes headaches, irritation in the mucous membrane and causes damage to the eyes. If you are experiencing headaches frequently then try avoiding makeup for few days and see if it helps.

Hair problems

With fashion trends changing every now and then, the trend of hairstyles is also changing fast. We use hair serums, conditioners, hair gels, hair sprays, hair colour etc on our hair without realizing how harmful they are. They contain harmful chemicals which cause damage to your hair. Some of the harmful effects of using hair cosmetics are dandruff, thinning of hair, roughness in hair and even hair loss.


This is one very common side-effect of makeup women experience. Your skin is just like any other organ of your body which breathes and grow. When you apply makeup on your skin, the pores in your skin get clogged up which results in blackheads and later acne.

Skin allergies

Most of the cosmetics contain chemicals called Parabens which are used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth in cosmetics. These chemicals can cause skin allergy, skin irritation, blemishes etc. Another harmful chemical found in cosmetics is Salicylate which can cause painful rashes or hives if you have a sensitive skin.

Eye infections

Eye makeup does make our eyes look beautiful but since the skin around our eyes is most sensitive part of our face the makeup can cause irritation or even damage. Mascara which we love so much as it makes our eye lashes thick is actually a breeding ground for bacteria. It can cause infections and irritation.


You would be taken aback by the fact that many cosmetics and deodorants can cause infertility. Actually, the cosmetics and the deodorants get absorbed by your body and the chemicals in them cause harm to your body. According to scientific studies, many cosmetics and deodorants contain butylparaben that unfavorably affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system. And it also causes harmful effects on the female reproductive system too.

Premature ageing

When you use cosmetics for a longer period of time, the chemicals contained in them tend to cause permanent damage to your skin such as wrinkles, patchiness etc.

Skin discolouration

Cosmetics such as toners, creams, sunscreens, and moisturizers contain ingredients that darken the skin. Cosmetics with poor quality ingredients can damage the skin and cause skin discolouration.

Well, sometimes we do feel the need and urge to use cosmetics and makeup and it is almost impossible to say no to it always so the best thing is to look for the labels while buying cosmetics and use them as less as you can.

Pooja Chaudhary