Ghanaians need education on health implications of make-up

Elsie Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Aug 11, GNA –
One of Ghana’s most respected TV personalities, Kobi Hemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe, the
Head of TV, HomeBase Tv, has advised that much education needs to be accorded
women on the use of make-up.

She said: “Make-up has
a lot of health implications, though it appears nice when applied but
stakeholders turning their education on it will help protect and safe people
who patronise it”.

Ohemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe
gave the advice in Accra on Friday during an interview with the Ghana News

She said though
make-up was the new fashion trend, it was time women lived their lives as
persons and applied it proportionally instead of making it influence their

“They may be reluctant
to leave home without it, but make-up is putting women at risk of deadly
diseases, you can often leave your face free,” she advised.

According to
researchers, cosmetics and beauty products often contain toxic ingredients that
can cause cancer and other fatal illnesses.

Loopholes in
Government regulations are being exploited by manufacturers to allow banned
chemicals into over-the-counter products.

Hormone-disrupting chemicals,
which could lower immunity to disease and cause neurological and reproductive
damage, may also lurk in everyday cosmetics.

Ohemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe
who recently launched her NGO, Angeles Foundation to mark her 10- year journey
in broadcasting also explained that most TV Personalities, Celebrities, Models
among others did not apply make-up daily as perceived by their fans.

She also bemoaned the
lack of reading habits amongst Ghanaians and urged them to read basic
information on products they bought and applied them.

As a television
personality who has consistently promoted Made in Ghana products through her
way of dressing and presentation for a decade, she advocated the use of local
products instead of patronising the age of foreign products.

“It is time textile
firms sit-up and focus on personalities and programmes that has the promotion
of Ghanaian products at heart,” she said.

 She said one major problem that was
confronting the dwindling patronage of made in Ghana products was the lack of finishing.

“We lack finishing,
most of our finishing are poor and this makes us lack competitiveness,”
she noted.

Explaining why she has
over a decade consistently worn made in Ghana she proudly said: “African prints
bring that change and uniqueness in me.”

Kobi Hemaa
Osisadan-Bekoe commended Former President John Agyekum-Kufuor for introducing
Friday African wear among Ghanaians.

“This has gone a long
way to promote what we have but there is more room for improvement,” she added.


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