Hidden dangers lurking in your makeup

Comment By Bob L.
Thur.02-23-2012

For years of have thought that make-up was one of the causes of cancer in women, so I told my wife before we got married, no make-up or lipstick. Well to-day she does not look like a prune and having to go to a plastic surgeon to clean up what the make-up has done.

What ever you put on or in your body finds its way into your body and does not help you from getting sick, or put on weight, well you don’t like second-hand smoke, but you will go out and buy lead, sulfur and mercury, and smear in on your body, and this is the making of a hypocrite, don’t do as I do, do as I say.

How about animal fat that a lot of make-up is made from and what ever else, maybe Coal, Oil, dead animals, you will never know unless you check out what goes into them, but in the mean time keep making these companies rich while you risk your health and blaming it on things like second-hand Smoke, Leaded Gas, Diesel Exhaust, Paint, and what ever you want to blame for the cause.

Where is the White House on this for their health statements, same place that they are on Jobs, or is it that the lobbyist are stopping it.

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Heavy Metals Found in Many Cosmetics: Not Listed on Labels

By Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Green
Thur.02-23-2012

In light of recent news that the FDA found lead in 400 brands of lipstick, Yahoo! Shine took a look at other products containing potentially hazardous ingredients. Historically, women have risked their health for beauty by using cosmetics laden with poisons. It’s reported that Queen Elizabeth’s face became so disfigured from lead-contaminated makeup, she had all the mirrors in her palace removed. In 18th century France, courtesans applied vermilion rouge, which contained sulfur and mercury, and suffered damage to their teeth, livers, and nervous systems as a result. While the levels are much lower, according to a 2011 report by Environmental Defense, an Ontario-based research group, dangerous heavy metals still lurk in lip gloss, mascara, foundation, blush, eye shadow, and eyeliner.

Related: Lead In Lipstick, 10 Worst Brands, Better Alternatives

The researchers tested a total of 49 common products selected from the cosmetic bags of six average Canadian women. They found that every product contained at least one of seven heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, beryllium, thallium, and selenium. Lead, a known neurotoxin, showed up in 96% of the items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that lead exposure is not safe at any level. Heavy metals are considered a by-product of manufacturing and it’s worth noting that none were listed in the ingredients lists on the cosmetics’ labels.

There is scientific debate about safe levels of heavy metals in the body. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which pushed for the FDA’s recent scrutiny of lipstick, points out that, “Individual exposures to these metals in small amounts are unlikely to cause harm, but heavy metals can build up in the body over time and may increase risk for a variety of health problems.” The U.S. Department of Labor links arsenic to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate.

The report notes that the highest levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead overall were found in lip gloss, which can be ingested orally. Of the items tested, Benefit Benetint lip gloss contained the highest level of lead at 110 parts per millions (ppm), which is more than 10 times higher than the limit set by the Health Canada Draft Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics.

Of the 49 tested, these items were found to have the highest levels of impurities:

Clinique Stay True Makeup foundation (Stay Ivory) — arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, lead, nickel, thallium

Sephora Sculpting Powder Trio eye shadow (Brown and Pink) — beryllium, lead, nickel, thallium

MAC Sheerton Shimmer Blush (Springsheen) — beryllium, lead, nickel, thallium

L’Oreal Bare Naturale mascara (Black/Brown) — arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, thallium

Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner (Black Onyx) — beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel

Almay Intense i-color Trio eye color (Trio for Blues, Brown and Dark Grey) — beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium

Benefit Benetint Pocket Pal (Red Tint and Clear Gloss) — arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium, thallium

Cost is no indicator that a product contains lower levels of heavy metals. Erin Charter, one of the women whose cosmetics were tested, commented, “The product [Benefit Benetint lip gloss] I spend the most money on, because I thought it was better for me, ended up being the worst out of anything tested!”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics supports passage of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, which was designed to give the FDA authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. It also mandates that contaminants, such as heavy metals, be fully disclosed. In the meantime, you can check your favorite makeup on the Environmental Working Group’s user-friendly, searchable database that rates the safety of thousands of cosmetics and other personal care products.

Also on Shine:

Arsenic Found In Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Foods, Baby Formulas

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