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Most Common Cosmetic Addictions: Are You Obsessed Too?

Common Cosmetic Addictions
Cosmetics are the latest substances to board the 'addiction bandwagon'. This addiction may seem like a funny and harmless phenomenon, but its repercussions are experienced by teens and grown-ups all over the world. Presented here is the meaning of cosmetic addiction, its types, detecting an addict, and ways of overcoming this addiction.
Malvika Kulur
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2018
In simple terms, cosmetic addiction means purchasing, hoarding, and using cosmetic products compulsively. The level of addiction depends upon the frequency of buying, and the amount spent on these products. In some cases, those who have this addiction buy cosmetics only so that their cabinets look full. The usage of cosmetics is also a very important factor in determining the level of addiction. It is never about how much you use, it is always about how many times a day the cosmetics are used, and why. If a touch-up is needed, then it is absolutely fine; but if you are rushing to the powder room often just to doll yourself up when it's not needed, then you have a problem at hand.

A cosmetic addict is a person who just cannot do without their timely makeup 'fix'. This is a person who is obsessed with cosmetics; right from being up-to-date with the latest makeup products, writing numerous blogs on how to use them, and also spending endless time in front of the mirror dolling himself/herself up.
Common Types of Cosmetic Addictions
Beauty Products
Beauty products and woman
Addiction to beauty products like lip gloss, balm, lipstick, nail polish, concealer, primer, shadow, blush, bronzes, etc., means buying and using these products very often. In a day, doing a touch-up once, twice, or even up to five times is considered normal, but dolling up your face every half-an-hour or one hour is not normal. It indicates addiction to donning on makeup. Always wanting and needing to look fresh at the cost of rushing to the washroom to apply a fresh coat of makeup is a sign of addiction to beauty products.

Another indicator towards this particular type of addiction is having a dresser or cabinet that resembles that of the beauty section of a store or mall. You have countless bottles and containers of primers, foundations, powders, shadows, etc., most of which you don't use - you have just bought them to curb your craving for owning these lavish products. Your credit card bill hitting the roof because of your insane makeup shopping sprees, or your feet being sore because you have just spent countless hours searching for the right shade of lipstick, all point towards one thing - ADDICTION TO BEAUTY PRODUCTS!
Beauty Treatments
Beauty treatments
Cosmetic addiction is not limited only to makeup. Going to the salon or spa every other day for treatment, whether it is big or small, is a type of cosmetic addiction too. Repeated facials, clean-ups, treatments for the hair, body wraps, massages, manicures, pedicures etc., fall under this type of addiction as well. You might be wondering how beauty treatments can be an addiction. Well, it starts with a normal clean-up or a facial, then moves to massages, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, etc. If you are doing it once in fifteen to twenty days, it is normal; but going to the salon everyday or every alternate day even for simply styling your hair, is a cause for concern.
Obsessive Studying and Following New Trends
Woman using laptop
Blogging only about makeup everyday, having knowledge about every brand in the market, being up-to-date with every facet in the cosmetic world, spending large amounts of time researching and watching videos related to applying makeup, launch of new products, benefits and basic working of the products, etc., is a type of cosmetic addiction, especially if makeup is not your profession.
Cosmetic Procedures
Woman receiving collagen injection
Getting one or two jobs done on your face is alright, but going to a plastic surgeon to change or re-shape every single feature of your face is a type of cosmetic addiction. Being addicted to cosmetic surgery is actually the worst addiction of the lot. It always starts with a simple rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose), or Botox injections, which results in getting praise from others. The high and boost in self-esteem that is experienced following the surgery is addictive. To get more praise and attention, people start going in for more surgeries like blepharoplasty (surgery of the eyelids), facial scar revision, forehead lifts, mentoplasty (surgery of the chin), otoplasty (surgery of the ears), rhytidectomy (surgery of the face), skin resurfacing, facial reconstructive procedures, skin tightening, plasma skin regeneration, etc.

Everyone is familiar with these kinds of surgeries going bad, where, in some cases, dis-figuration of the face occurs. Apart from the dangers this addiction entails, the money that needs to go into it is also abundant.
Signs of an Addiction and How it Starts
When do you know that you are addicted to cosmetics? The simplest answer is when you go to the convenience store to buy one item, and you pass the makeup section; you end up buying a cart full of products like face packs, scrubs, lipsticks, and the likes, along with that one item you originally went for. Sometimes, you end up checking out of the store without the item that you actually needed, all because you were distracted with the cosmetics. This addiction can start in the most innocent way, like just hosting a makeup party to help out a friend, or even just getting a makeover. The thrill and high experienced seeing yourself in a new look and getting appreciated for it; you just want more and more of it. The addiction always starts small, but when the urge to buy new products every time you see them increases, and you succumb to these cravings, that's when you know you have a problem.
The repercussions of this addiction range from making one overspend on cosmetics, low self-esteem without the use of such products, or being overly dependent on cosmetic procedures to look good. This addiction takes a toll not only on the individual who is addicted to cosmetics, but also on the people around them. If anyone you know is getting addicted to cosmetics, the best thing you can do for them is correct them and try to get them off the habit.
Putting an End to the Addiction
Like in the case of all addictions, cosmetic addiction also has tell-tale signs, like hoarding cosmetics, getting irate if makeup is not applied properly, the right shade of lipstick is not available, ordering for products just because they are new or there is an offer (buy one get one free) on them, personality changes, not being able to get out and face people without makeup, always trying new looks, being in debt or having a huge credit card bill only due to spending on cosmetics, ignoring household chores due to being too focused in applying makeup, etc. There are numerous support groups for addicts who want to get off the addiction bandwagon. Family and friends need to be supportive of the person addicted to cosmetics and beauty treatments.

Too much of anything is bad, and that includes good things too. Makeup products may make you look beautiful and fresh for a few decades, but what about when, with time, your skin gets damaged and saggy due to the overuse of these products? At the end of the day, you need to ask yourself if being addicted to makeup is worth it! Is it worth spending thousands of dollars to make yourself attractive, when you are blessed with natural beauty?

Use products, but do not get so hooked onto them that you get addicted, and your addiction starts getting the better of you, putting you in debt, or harming your skin or health. You might class your addiction as a hobby, but the earlier you admit that you have an addiction for cosmetics, the faster you can overcome it.
Cosmetic objects
Bottles with nail polish and lipstick over white
Nail enamel
Set of multicolored nail polish