Useful Cosmetic Precautions

Here are some useful cosmetic precautions. Products meant to beautify you or hide your shortcomings can turn into your enemies also. A certain amount of caution must be used before and after you apply make-up.



Useful Cosmetic Precautions

  • Always wash your hands and face before applying cosmetics.
  • Eye cosmetics have a maximum age of 6 months.
  • Mascara has a life of 3 months.
  • If you feel some allergic reaction or infection, discard all your make-up that you were using before onset of allergy.
  • Cosmetics must never be shared.
  • All cosmetics have directions for use. Follow them diligently.
  • Harsh chemicals are not skin friendly. Any cosmetic product using such chemicals must be avoided.
  • You can use oil on skin or hair, but not in eyes. If a product label warns you to not use it close to eyes, heed that warning.
  • Be careful to keep makeup from getting into your eyes.
  • Excess use of eye make-up can cause irritation. So use eye make-up only for special occasions.

Allergies have a way of erupting without warning. Any new product must be tested for allergic reaction before application. Apply a dab of new product on inner side of arm for a couple of days to check if you are allergic. This is particularly required if you have a history of allergic reactions.

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Read the list of ingredients on label and check what colors have been used. Cross confirm these color additives from FDA web site. There’s a section especially on colors for cosmetics. If your cosmetics contain a color not on approved list, it is an illegal product simply because it is not following the law. Dump it immediately and report it if possible.

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Make-up application while driving is a dangerous proposition. This indulgence makes you an irresponsible and dangerous driver. There is a bigger danger of hitting a bump and accidentally gouging out your eyeball. Well, that is a bit extreme, but you might end up looking like a circus participant after that bumpy ride.

Avoid sampling products at a cosmetic counter. These products are open and might have fungus. If it is freshly opened, use a disposable applicator for trial. Insist that salespersons clean container openings with alcohol before applying their contents to your skin.

Adding liquid to a product for achieving consistency is like adding a bacteria culture to it. It will grow without your knowledge and harm you when least expected.

If contents of make-up become puffy or have an odor, it is time to say good bye. Using them beyond prescribed shelf life is not recommended.

Wearing eye make-up over an infection is asking for trouble. This can easily spread to other areas.

Cosmetics labels always advise to store them in cool and dark place. Light and heat can degrade preservatives, so follow these instructions.

Keep makeup containers tightly closed when not in use.

Aerosol products are inflammable and have a very low flash point. Using them near a fire or while smoking is like inviting an inferno.

Hairsprays and powders have fine particles that cause lung damage upon ingestion for a prolonged duration.


Foundation enhances skin tone but also tends to exaggerate wrinkles. Area above lips and creases of nose area are easily noticeable if foundation is applied there. To avoid this, use foundation sparingly and use a tone that closely matches your skin tone.

Keep a track of products that were recalled from market for causing various problems like redness of skin, rashes or allergic reactions. If any such product is in your make-up kit, throw it away. If you applied such product accidentally, it is advisable to see a doctor if you feel reaction setting in.


Don’t go to bed with your makeup on. Wearing make-up to bed chokes the skin and doesn’t allow it to breathe. Before going to bed, make sure even last trace of make-up is removed from your face.

Along with instructions for application, cosmetic products labels also list instructions on how to remove them. Follow those instructions diligently. If it asks you to use a cold cream for make-up removal, it has a purpose behind it.

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