A recent study of makeup use by women has found women are more likely to use products with “moisturising” ingredients such as oil and fragrance than women who use natural products. 

The research, published in the Journal of Cosmetics and Fragrance Technology, suggests the use of ingredients such onions and garlic in the cosmetics industry has been associated with increased risk of skin cancer and other conditions, and that “the increased risk can be due to the chemicals used”.

The researchers looked at data on cosmetics purchases by more than 100,000 people in the UK from 2011-2014.

The researchers said that women who had more than 10 cosmetic products in their homes were more likely than those who didn’t have any to use “moistering” products, meaning that those who used more than five products on average were more than three times as likely as those who had none to use those products.

The findings suggest that while cosmetics products are generally considered “natural”, the use and ingredients of these products may have “contributed to the increased risk”, the researchers wrote.

The study was based on data on consumer purchases, and found that women aged between 25 and 34 were more often than women aged 18-24 to buy natural products than natural products from brands such as Lancôme, Clinique, Estée Lauder, and Prada. 

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