Skip to main content

Toxic Heavy Metals Found In Cosmetics

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.


Major loopholes in U.S. federal law allow the $50 billion cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, no monitoring of health effects and inadequate labeling requirements. In fact, cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market.  

Here are the results of the tests:
  • 100 percent of the products contained nickel, 96 percent contained lead and 90 percent contained beryllium.
  • At least one of the products tested contained seven of the eight metals of concern (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, beryllium, nickel, selenium and thallium).
  • On average, products contained four of the eight metals of concern.
  • The highest levels of arsenic (70 parts per million, or ppm), cadmium (3 ppm), and lead (110 ppm) were all found in lip glosses, which can be ingested.
  • The product containing the highest level of lead was Benefit’s Benetint lip gloss at 110 ppm, more than 10 times higher than the 10 ppm limit set out in the Health Canada Draft Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics. This same product contained 70 ppm of arsenic, which is more than 20 times higher than Health Canada’s recommended limit of 3 ppm.


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.

  • E-mail, call or write to the companies that make your favorite lipstick shades and tell them that lead-free products are important to you.
  • Research cosmetics and skincare before you buy.
  • Make sure the cosmetic or skincare company has signed "The Compact for Safe Cosmetics" here: http://safecosmetics.org/display.php?modin=50.
  • Search over 65,000 cosmetic brands at Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to find out the toxicity level of your makeup and skincare to ensure safety levels. 
  • Share this article with friends and family.




Bookmark or share
Bookmark and Share

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How To Naturally Highlight Hair

Ever wanted to add natural highlights without the damage and expensive trips to the salon?  Here are some natural ways to add highlights using 100% natural ingredients that will add beautiful tones, highlights and lowlights to your hair color without causing any damage or unwanted brassiness what so ever.  Keep in mind, whenever you use natural herbs to color you hair, it may take several applications for noticeable results.




Blondes

Lemon Juice and Tea
Ingredients:
1 cup lemon juice
3 cups Organic Chamomile Tea (brewed & cooled)

Directions: Mix ingredients, pour over damp hair then let sit for an hour while you sit in the sun, wash out. Follow with a good conditioner. Do this a few times a week to notice the highlights.

Lemon Juice and Water
Ingredients:
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
1-2 tbsp. Olive oil
Spray bottle

Directions: Mix the water, lemon juice and olive oil together in a spray bottle.  Shake until ingredients are completely blended.  Spray the hair with spray bottle…

NUXE Creme Prodigieuse Skincare Review

One of my favorite skincare brands, NUXE Paris has released a new natural origin facial skin care line!  If you haven't heard of NUXE, their a high end french skincare line that was created in 1957 by a  research pharmacist who created the line based on natural botanicals and essential oils.  After 10 years of research on anti-oxidiation, NUXE has developed an exclusive line for all women of all ages which targets oxidative stress, the main factor responsible for aging.

New products in their new natural origin face line include Crème Prodigieuse Anti-Fatigue Moisuturizing Cream, Prodigieux Eye Contour, Creme Prodigieuse Enrichie for dry skin as well as a Creme Prodigieuse Night Renew .  You can feel good about using NUXE Paris skincare because they contain no mineral oil, no animal ingredients, no chemical agents and they conduct regular testing registered by the French Ministry of Research.  NUXE sent me some of the new natural origin skincare to try out and here is my review.

NUXE…

French Beauty Secrets

French women are known for their natural beauty and simple beauty routines.  Less is more when it comes to the french and their beauty phiosophy is about being beautiful and sexy, naturally!  French women believe that makeup was designed to enhance a woman’s face, not cover it up.

To stay beautiful, french women eat a balanced diet that includes lots of organic fresh fruit and vegetables from the market, which they walk to several times per week.  They also drink 6-8 glasses daily.  Remember, the best way to get a healthy glow is from within!  Here is what the french do to look and stay beautiful!

Skincare
French women are renowned for their simple skincare regimes and believe that skin care is more of a necessity than cosmetics.  They make sure to exfoliate their skin and are also loyal users of anti-aging creams.  There’s a certain philosophy that French women have.  Skincare lasts a lifetime, while make-up lasts just a few hours.

When it comes to tanning, French women opt a glowing …