As we age our face betrays us. From frown lines, to wrinkles, and my plaque, dark spots. They all show the history, we try to hide, with beauty products. The market is flooded with age-defying remedies. We faithfully buy to ward off the imperfections in skin, in hopes of finding that fresh twenty-five year old face in a bottle or a mask.

That fresh clean face at seventeen that wanted to look twenty-one. We would go behind our parents backs and apply that gaudy blue eye-shadow, the thick foundation that weighed our faces down. The seventies trend went from free and natural, to disco balls and glitter. In my last fifty-some years, I have wore that bright blue through to the smoky-eye, and back again.

Being to lazy to stand in front of the mirror and apply all that makeup, probably saved me from the “sags.” When your face sags from the years of heavy foundations. Beauty products have come a long way in recent years, there are so many options to choose from. They have natural and organic options, clinical options. Many manufacturers, try to leave the harmful chemicals and toxins out of their products. In years past, some women were not so lucky.

Makeup can be the root cause of acne or skin problems in near thirty percent of women in the practice of a dermatologist at Ziauddin University Hospital. Many makeup products are still composed of chemicals and toxins that may seep into your skin and go to the bloodstream. This may cause skin irritations, allergies, even cancers. In an article by Marvi Musad,  he writes “Lipsticks, kajal sticks and eye-shadows, for example, are known to contain lead, a carcinogen and neurotoxin that can affect the nervous system adversely, leading to high blood-pressure, allergies, behavioural abnormalities and even decreased rates of fertility.”

Still, knowing the risks, we apply those products religiously, everyday. In future article  we will look at the best and worst rated products on the market. Maybe, get an interview with people in the beauty markets, tutorials on how to apply the right amount, let see if I can score some free things.