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Whether lipstick is safe?

Lipstick - one of the most popular cosmetics. You will find it in any ladies` handbag, maybe, even several tubes. Though if to trust statistical polls, only 64% of women regularly finish the make-up coloring of lips. Perhaps, this figure not quite is true, and can be more or less, depending on age and regions of residence, and also national peculiarities.

Is among my friends and such which did not use lipstick in youth, now, at mature age. And I too practically do not use lipstick. If in rare instances also I apply it on lips, then I feel very uncomfortably (there is no habit) as though to me stuck something unpleasant. So it turned out - in youth, in 50 - years, very few people used lipstick, and its choice especially was not and we were not accustomed to a coloring - natural appearance was more appreciated. Neither mother, nor her sisters knew about lipstick too, were never painted. And when I married, the husband told that till 50 years he will not allow me to make up lips because they already bright, and “are“ constantly lipstick he does not intend (present girls will laugh, perhaps). Honestly, French counted long ago that the woman who is making up lips three times a day eats at the same time 16 mg of lipstick . And some do it more often! And the man “eats“ for all the life from lips of women more than four kg of lipstick .

A little history

Is data that lipstick, as well as the other cosmetics, was invented in Ancient Egypt. Then lipstick was produced from beeswax and animal fat with addition of red pigments (red ochre and natural oxides of iron). It was mainly dark color, and did lips visually thinner and more graceful. Egyptians even took lipstick in a next world to have an opportunity “to sport“ beauty and in a kingdom of the dead.

Ancient Greeks borrowed lipstick from Egyptians, and they had it not less popular at all. The certificate to that is widely the famous myth about “apple of discord“: Zeus charged to Paris, the son of the Trojan tsar, to judge among themselves goddesses Hera, Afinu and Aphrodite arguing for a rank of the first beauty Olimpa. Paris awarded a prize - that apple - the goddess of love Aphrodite. However scandal soon ran high: the winner was convicted of fraud: it applied powder and lipstick!

In Europe in days of the gloomy Middle Ages use of lipstick could become a reason for charge of the woman of sorcery. To burn down on a fire did not smile, perhaps, even to the most desperate women of fashion therefore lipstick, as well as other cosmetics, gained the development only during the Renaissance era again. And, the cosmetics at that time began to be used so intensively that in the 17th century the English parliament adopted the law granting to the man the right to get divorced from wife if after a wedding he finds out that actually it is not so beautiful as it was during courtship .

In close to modern a look lipstick appeared thanks to cosmetic Parisian firm Gerlen (Guerlain). It was lipstick in tubes, at the end of the 19th century it was issued at a World Fair in Amsterdam. The tube, however, still was far from present by the form: the stick of lipstick was just wrapped in a silk rag. Soon the French perfumers created for lipstick and that tube that it is known to us now where contents can move up - down. The product French called “Rouge Baiser“ or “A red kiss“.

And whether lipstick is harmful?

Now in the market of cosmetics such abundance of producers of lipstick that just eyes run up: different colors and shades, packing form, well and prices, of course. Producers in eager rivalry assure us that their production not only decorates the woman, but also humidifies, softens, feeds, protects lips. But whether it to us does harm?

Of what lipstick usually consists? Main components always four: a firm basis, (including wax, fats, oils), dyes, fragrances, antioxidants. Separate components are capable to cause allergic reaction, burning, an itch or reddening. Allergic reactions excite the chemical dyes consisting in lipstick. Such ingredients which are contained in lipsticks are harmful: the carmine - is used by production of lipstick is red - pink tones, can initiate allergic reactions, lanolin - is used for the moistening effect, badly influences digestive process, and vaseline which dries lips, forcing to put an additional layer of lipstick, and also causes allergic reactions. to People at whom the susceptibility of integuments and a digestive tract is increased these ingredients pose probable threat because can initiate head pains, nausea, skin problems, differences of mood.

Even world famous cosmetic firms, recognize that if oil products (mineral oils, crystal paraffin and microcrystalline wax) are a part of lipstick, then it is harmful because these substances have unpleasant property to collect in kidneys, a liver and lymph nodes.

In addition, it appears, lipstick still destroys teeth - such sad discovery was made recently by scientists from San university - Paulo in Brazil . They investigated lipstick of ten largest global manufacturers, found out that many of them contain solid paraffin (i.e. firm fractions of oil). “Concentration of paraffin in decorative cosmetics, certainly, small, - the head of the group of experts Antonio Javier considers, - however, at daily use and their small amounts can lead to developing of caries“. Paraffin is very catching, is easily pasted to a surface of teeth together with parts of food and pathogenic bacteria. And under cover of paraffin of a bacterium begin to breed with a huge speed that leads to formation of microcracks in tooth enamel, i.e. to caries.

But, as we know, beauty demands the victims, and hardly many will refuse lipstick use. Scientists, therefore, advise all her fans: you make up lips - you brush teeth more often, or cover them with a protective layer at the stomatologist. And still - choose cosmetics in which there are less harmful chemicals. The safe can consider colourless hygienic lipstick. At lipstick acquisition not superfluous will be to pay attention to its contents.

A still would like to warn young girls - you do not hurry to begin to be painted and be fond of cosmetics. The earlier the girl begins to use any cosmetics, the it ages the person quicker and over time to look younger, she should impose more and more a make-up on the skin. It as drug some kind of. From excessive use of ointments and creams skin loses the elasticity though producers persistently deny it and advertize the production as panacea from aging.