How many times have we heard of the phrase “there’s a price to pay for beauty”? It’s true if we think about the amount we splurge on beauty products. Fortunately, we always know the prices in advance. There are however, some prices we really don’t want to pay but end up having to do so when we’re not careful. I’m talking about the price of health hazards when it comes to the matter of beauty and style. There are many of course, but here I’ll just focus on three fairly common ones. The sort of errors we make or could possibly make without giving much thoughts to.
First, you might like to know that sunblock is actually different from sunscreen. A sunblock physically blocks the sun’s UV radiation of the skin, both UVA and UVB. Like the way clothes, umbrella and trees work to shade us.
The most well-known chemical sunblock is zinc oxide and it scatters, reflects, and physically blocks UV radiation. Other commonly used sunblocks are talc, titanium dioxide, and red vetenary petrolatum.
Much has been reported about the hidden danger lurking for women getting pedicures performed in whirlpool foot baths in nail salons. If the tub is not properly disinfected, users could end up getting Mycobacterium fortuitum bacterial infections which start out as boils and turn into oozing sores, often leaving disfiguring scars.
Apart from such bacterial skin infections, users can also get fungal nail infections, viral infections and in the worst scenarios, even blood-borne viral diseases hepatitis B and C, possibly resulting in cancer of the liver.
Cellulite describes the dimpling of skin and is a collection of fatty toxins and fluids that are trapped under the connective tissue in the deeper levels of our skin. As it accumulates, the thin layer of tissue between the fat cells becomes more fibrous – like a scar. The fibrous areas start to pull together around the fat, causing the tiny dimples and irregularities typical of cellulite.