Report in JAMA Internal Medicine examined 5,144 adverse events reported to the FDA for products like makeup, sunscreen, tattoos, hair color, perfume, shaving creams and baby care items and found that
- Side effect reports climbed 78 percent in 2015 to 300% in 2016
- The three most commonly reported products were hair care, skin care and tattoos
- Serious side effects were reported in baby items, personal cleanliness supplies, hair care and hair color.
- The leading concern (~ 21,000 complaints) were of alopecia and scalp irritation from Hair care product (like shampoo)
Takeaway: You can create a natural cosmetic right at your home.
Example: Homemade Ayurvedic Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
This cream recipe is great for our skin due to the varied oils it uses. It is said to be both cure and prevent wrinkles.
- 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (or 2 tablespoons cocoa butter or lanolin – 30ml / 1 oz. approximately)
- 60 ml (4 tablespoons) rose water
- Few drops lavender or rose essential oil (or 6 tablespoons of one of the following oils, according to skin type: 90ml / 3 oz. approximately)
- Almond oil – for normal skin
- Sesame oil – for dry skin
- Jojoba oil – for oily and acne-prone skin
- Rice bran oil or ghee (clarified butter) – for mature skin (ie. thin aging skin with dullness, uneven tone, fine lines and dry complexion)
- Heat each ingredient separately to make them slightly warm (not hot or boiling).
- Mix the ingredients together using a blender.
- Continue mixing while pouring in the essential oils of your choice.
- Transfer to a container and store.
- Use this cream to moisturize your face after washing it.
- You may even use the recipe to make an anti-wrinkle night cream – simply reduce the amount of Aloe Vera gel and add vitamin A and vitamin E oils to it. Apply it to your face before going to sleep.