Think twice next time your shopping for your favorite make-up and skincare products at your local drug or department stores. A new study by Health Canada confirms that popular cosmetics products contain toxic heavy metals, including lead, arsenic and cadmium and other heavy metals. Of the 49 products tested for the study, all were found to be contaminated with heavy metals! Some products contained levels of arsenic and lead that far exceed the limits recommended by health officials. What's more shocking is none of the products listed the metals on label ingredient lists.
Here are the results of the tests:
The heavy metals in these products are “impurities”—unintentional contaminants—that are not required to be disclosed on ingredient lists in Canada or the United States. Health Canada has developed draft guidelines for impurity levels of some metals it believes are “technically avoidable” by manufacturers. What's even more scary is the United States does not have standards or even drafted any guidelines for these metals in cosmetics.
Why should you be concerned? Lead is linked to neurological problems and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that lead exposure is not safe at any level. The Environmental Protection Agency lists arsenic as being linked to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.
What You Can Do
Because lead is a contaminant not listed on lipstick ingredient labels, it's next to impossible for consumers to avoid. But don't let that dissuade you from doing something. Here's what you can do.
You can learn more at The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Or read the full report here: http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/heavy-metal-hazard-health-risks-hidden-heavy-metals-in-face-makeup.
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