Hello lovelies!! It’s been too long and I know you have been asking where I have been! Work my people, work! Nonetheless it’s not an excuse so I will jump right back into sharing articles with you!
This month I decided to focus on all things makeup and I wanted to start with counterfeit makeup!😯
What is “Fake Makeup” and what’s wrong with it?
Fake make-up, counterfeit or knock offs are not the genuine brands of make-up. They are counterfeit cosmetics, designed to look like top-name brands to trick thousands of shoppers into buying what seems like a great bargain.
Fake make-up contain high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, chromium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum and even cyanide that could cause long-term harm.
They also could lead to serious infections, allergic reactions and cancer in the long run.
What are the effects of using the knock offs?
More often than not, some do not show immediate effect that’s why people just go on using them but it does come with a price!
According to Daily Mail, some of the counterfeit makeup products have up to 19 times the legal limit of lead in them. Lead can build up in the human body over the months, leading to lead poisoning. In adults, lead poisoning can cause memory loss, joint and muscle pains, and headaches. Pregnant women risk miscarriage or premature birth if they are exposed to too much lead. There are lead-free makeup products available, but you will need to purchase these items through a reputable dealer and avoid purchasing knockoffs on auction websites and unknown websites.
When criminal gangs mix up the ingredients for makeup to sell to unsuspecting consumers, they do not care what goes into the concoction as long as it looks like the real thing. These aren’t chemists with degrees mixing up batches of eye shadow and perfume. They are street educated people looking to make money anyway possible. What you get are beauty products that contain dangerous chemicals that can cause allergic reactions and even permanent scarring from these reactions.
Counterfeit makeup is not made under the same conditions and standards as the makeup it is posing as. The fake stuff is made in basements, back rooms, and filthy, small factories with zero quality control. Bacteria is everywhere and can easily contaminate all the products the workers are mixing up. Not only is the bacteria coming from the filth of the work room, but also from workers’ unwashed and ungloved hands, from animals, and from insects and roaches.
Because of all the dangerous chemicals and “potentially dangerous bacteria”, according to Babble, knockoff makeup can cause skin rashes. Dermatologist Dr. Robert Burka said in an interview that he sees two to three cases each month involving skin dermatitis, all due to counterfeit makeup. When tested, the fake makeup was found to contain high levels of lead, Beryllium, and bacteria, all of which can cause these rashes.
When Daily Mail bought some counterfeit makeup on eBay for testing, they found arsenic in some of the products. The knockoff Benefit Eye Bright pencil, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil foundation powder, and Bad Gal lash mascara all contained traces of arsenic in them. Arsenic is a toxic elements that can cause abdominal pain, shock, and even death.
There are numerous reports online about consumers unknowingly buying and using counterfeit eye makeup only to experience eye pain moments after applying the stuff. Daily Mail gives a report about one woman, Katie Brown, who purchased counterfeit Urban Decay eye shadow. Minutes after she applied the eyeshadow, her eyelids swelled and her vision turned blurry. She said, “I realised it was fake as soon as I opened it.” If you suspect something is not the real deal, do not risk testing it out on your skin.
The FBI reports that counterfeit cosmetics can often contain dangerous amounts of bacteria in them. One bacteria that has been found and identified in fake cosmetics is e. coli (Escherichia coli). E. coli can cause severe diarrhea, as well as kidney failure and anemia. Some of the e. coli strains can also cause urinary tract infections. It is spread through fecal matter and people not washing their hands after having a bowel movement. Considering that there are no sanitary practices among the gangs making fake makeup, the spread of e. coli comes as no surprise.