Toxic Heavy Metals Found In Cosmetics
- Monday, 23 May 2011
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Benefit’s Benetint lip gloss at 110 ppm, more than 10 times higher than the 10 ppm limit set out in the Health Canada Draft Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics.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.
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