Beauty Trends that Cause More Harm Than Good

Looking good is something that men and women have been aspiring to do for ages. To look their best, many people would go to great lengths, even if those lengths were bad for their health.

The quest to look good still exists today, and people still continue to do things that can have a negative impact on their health to achieve the results that they desire. Here’s a look at some of beauty trends that could have devastating effects on your health and well-being.

Tanning

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Even though the majority of people know that tanning can be hazardous to their health, so many still continue to subject themselves to the dangerous practice so that they can get perfectly bronzed skin.

The sunlamps that are used for indoor tanning emit dangerous UV radiation, which can do extensive damage to the skin. Not only does it increase the chances of developing skin cancer, but it can also lead to premature aging. Tans may look healthy, but they are actually quite the opposite. A tan is the skin’s way of protecting itself from ultraviolet light. Though it may look attractive, a tan actually indicates that your skin cells have been damaged.

Hair Braiding and Weaves

Long, thick hair or intricate braids can look incredible; however, braiding and weaves can actually be very damaging to your natural hair. It can increase the risk of developing Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA,) an irreversible form of hair loss that begins in the center of the scalp and spreads out to the edge of the hairline. This form of hair loss is the result of chronic pulling on the hair follicles. Because braids and weaves do just that – pull on the hair follicles – it is not uncommon for people who have these hair treatments done to develop CCCA.

Botox Injections

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Developing fine lines and wrinkles can be a person’s worst nightmare. To conceal these skin imperfections, many people turn to Botox.

Botox, a medicinal form of botulinum toxin type A, a toxin that is produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that causes botulism. Botox works by relaxing the muscles in the skin, thereby diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Though it is generally safe, there are side effects and complications that can occur. These side effects and complications can include bruising and pain at the site of the injection, nausea and temporary weakness in the muscles.

Eyelash Extensions

People who wish to have long and lush eyelashes often look to lash extensions to provide them with the results that they desire. However, while extensions may make the lashes look longer and fuller, they can actually be quite damaging.

Eyelash extensions are applied with semi-permanent glue. The glue can pull out the natural lashes and actually prevent them from growing back. Additionally, extensions can make the eyes more prone to irritation and can cause infections, especially if there is any bacteria in the glue.

Tattoos

Tattoos may look cool, but they can be very damaging. Though great efforts have been made to make tattooing as safe as possible, risks do still exist. Chances of developing Hepatitis C are increased as a result of tattooing, especially if the needles that are used to create the tattoo have been contaminated with the blood of someone else who is infected with Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver and inflames it. It can lead to the development of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.

Infections of the skin are another risk of tattooing. An infection can swell the skin and cause severe pain.

If you are considering any of these beauty treatments, you should really weigh the risks, as they far outweigh the benefits.