Kajal liner is widely used among Indians since decades. India is a country with diverse religious convictions. Kajal liner has its own significance and the way of application is also different as per varied religions. For some women, you may be using it for years, without realizing what you were putting on your face. While for some women, Kajal Liner isn’t the right for everyone and you should most definitely talk it over with your dermatologist, especially if you have skin conditions. So it pays to learn more about it before you attempt to use it. We have listed 7 facts Surat Woman should know about Kajal Liner:
One of the reasons why you haven’t heard of kajal liner is because it is very commonly called as ‘kohl’ in India. People of different religions have been calling it with multiple names like kohl, kajal, al-kahal or surma. It is been used since ancient times, but the practice has gripped some questions due to its safety. In fact, in India, the liner is used on very young children because of its traditional belief of keeping the child away from evil spirits. Although, its use on children has led to some serious medical issues, elders can use it without paying much heed to it.
- It’s history:
There are various mythological reasons adapted by our ancestors to use kajal liner. The traditional way of producing kajal is by covering the lit candle with a steel plate and collecting the blackened ‘soot’ from steel lid to use it as a kajal. Although, the tradition still continues in India and Africa because it is believed that kajal offers protection against the sun, can ward off infections and keeps the skin around eyes healthy. Thus, it is still used on both, adults and children. These are inherent traditions of our country and might continue till the end.
- Homemade versus commercial:
Generally, there are two types of Kajal Liner. Our traditional people make their own out of a mixture of soot and oil. Imagine putting it on your eyes! That is why people prefer purchasing the kind you can get at a cosmetic store. These choices are harmless than the one people make at home. It is always good to be on a safer side!!
- High in lead:
According to National Institutes of Health, some commercial versions of kajal liner contain high amounts of lead. At this stage, it becomes mandatory to find out how and where your liner is made. Many people may be unaware of the lead poisoning risk, in adults and in children, by using a bad quality kajal. The risk associated with exposure to lead is, especially serious for children, who are absorbing lead from the environment. It might lead to serious health problems like anemia, kidney problems, and neurological damage that may include seizures, coma or even death. Even at relatively low levels, chronic exposure to lead may result in learning and behavioral problems in children. Every cosmetic company mentions the ingredients of the product on its packaging. If the ingredients are not mentioned, try calling the manufacturer to question him about the ingredients of kajal liner.
- Smokey eyes effect:
Kajal was invented for looks and protection. One of the recent discoveries of kajal is that it is the perfect application for smokey eyes look. While the Food and Drug Administration strictly regulates the kohl with high lead contents, products that come from other countries can be problematic. So when you go for smokey eye look, make sure to check the products you know are safe.
- Manufacturers selling safe products:
Considering the safety of your eyes, you want to stay away from kajal that’s imported from other countries or use the products whose guarantee even the manufacturer can’t approve of. While there may be authentic products in the market, many cosmetic manufacturers make safe kajal that gives you the perfect look you want without all the safety concerns to worry about. Various manufacturers like M. A. C., Body shop, Maybelline and L’Oreal make products with safe ingredients. Products of these standard companies are easily available in the Indian market. We now have various colours of kajal available in market.
The correct application ensures that you get the ‘kajal-look’ you desire for. The experts at Maybelline have numerous techniques of applying the kajal in the precise manner. Start in the lower corner of your eye and move outward. Hold your eyeliner sideways as you line your top lids. Rotate the liner to equalize the thickness throughout the eye. Sharpen your liner as needed because a sharp tip offers the best application.
We hope this information will help in choosing the right kajal liner for you. Checking the ingredients of product before using it is not only for kajal liner, but for all the cosmetic products you use in daily routine. Be safe because safety comes first!!
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