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10 Things that you are wearing that could kill you
In one of the most infamous death-by-clothing-item stories, 50-year-old ex-dancer Isadora Duncan's silk scarf became entangled in the open spokes of the car she was in, throwing her to the pavement and killing her instantly. The scarf in question was a hand-painted Roman Chatov silk scarf that her friend Mary Desti (who also witnessed the accident) had given to her. So, kiddos, remember — two and ten, buckle up, and keep your hands, feet, and scarves inside the vehicle at all times.
The phrase might not be "The higher the heel, the closer to God," but it may as well be. Super-high platforms, stilettos, and wedges may give you a boost, height-wise, but anyone who's worn them knows that one misstep, and you can end up with a twisted ankle — or worse. Allegedly, a 25-year-old teacher in Japan died after falling from a 5-inch platform sandal and fracturing her skull, and another Japanese woman died in a car crash when her stiletto-clad foot couldn't get to the brake in time. Yikes.
Skinny jeans might be the everyday pant for most women, but wearing too-tight pants every day might lead to meralgia parenthetic (MP), a form of itchy, burning, tingling nerve damage on the pelvis and upper thigh. According to Consumer News, skinny jeans are also responsible for bladder infections, yeast infections, dermatitis, blood clots, and a condition called lipotraphia semicircular, when your skin develops depressions due to constant and uneven pressure.
8. Keratin Straightening
The Brazilian blowout seemed like a dream come true for girls with persistent frizz — an in-salon treatment that gave you semi-permanent results of smooth, shiny strands — but that dream quickly became a nightmare with the news that many of these treatments contained unsafe levels of formaldehyde. Long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to cancer, not to mention side effects of eye and nervous system disorders, respiratory tract problems, chest pain, vomiting, and rashes.
This treatment is particularly dangerous for salon technicians and people who undergo frequent straightening treatments because they are constantly exposed to the chemicals. "The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel recently completed a comprehensive review and found that the safety of methylene glycol and formaldehyde in hair straightening products depends on a number of factors, including the concentration of formaldehyde and methylene glycol, the amount of product applied, the temperature used during the application process, and the ventilation provided at the point of use," says Jay Ansell, PhD, vice president for cosmetics programs at the Personal Care Products Council. "The Panel concluded that under present practices of use and concentration, formaldehyde and methylene glycol are unsafe in hair straightening products. Consumers should go to a licensed professional salon and ensure that adequate safety measures and ventilation are present." If your salon says that they use a formaldehyde-free straightener, make sure they have the proof to back that up.
All beauty products use some type of preservative, be it natural or chemical, to keep the ingredients fresh and free of bacteria. Problem is, those preservatives will expire, meaning that your face cream could be swimming with germs, post-expiration date.
"Preservation systems are designed to assure that products are adequately preserved from point of purchase and through normal and customary use preventing bacteria from developing." says Ansell. "However, misusing them has the potential to allow bacteria or fungi to grow. Products, particularly eye area products, like mascaras should not be shared, never remoistened with saliva, or applied in the car or on the bus."
In addition, pay attention to the expiration dates of your products. Most beauty products will have something called a PAO (period after opening) symbol, which looks like a little jar with a number in it. That number tells you how many months that product is safe to use after you first open it. After that time period, the preservatives are no longer guaranteed, so your products aren't protected and could cause some pretty serious infections.
So, how do you know if your product is still good? "The simplest advice is: "If the product looks bad or smells bad, discard it," says Ansell.
While wearing the latest crazy shades on your eyes (ooh, violet) can look rad, it can also be really dangerous if you don't go to an optometrist first. Since contacts lay directly on your eyes, they need to be fitted correctly, especially if you plan to be wearing them for a long time. They also need to be cleaned properly — the last thing you want to deal with is bacteria in your eyes. Using contacts that haven't been properly fitted and cared for can lead to infections and, in extreme cases, vision loss, so check in with your eye doctor first, before you decide to invest in new lenses.