Are there metals in my cosmetics?

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Your cosmetics are more harmful than you think…

  • Are you someone who never steps out of your home without sunscreen?
  • Are you someone who never bothered about the toothpaste that you used?
  • Are you someone who cannot live without a deodorant?

                    Well, all of us are…. Alert!!!

 

Before you get too surprised, a human being on an average is exposed to over 20 cosmetics in a day– ranging from the tooth paste to shower gel to shampoo to conditioner, etc. The list is followed by moisturising cream, foundation, blush, eye-shadow and so on…

As you step-out for the day, over XX brands catering to XX parts of your body are exposed to over XX number of chemicals, which are toxic in nature

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Studies have proven that in many cases (since all f us born with unique skin conditions) cosmetics have had adverse effects that have even proved to be fatal in nature and irreparable or hazardous all thanks to the presence of chemical substances.

Toxic:

  • Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and nickel
  • Light metals suchas aluminium
  • Elements such as copper, iron, chromium and cobalt which are necessary yet harmful in excess.

All these metals have been detected in various types of cosmetics such as colour cosmetics, face and body care products, hair cosmetics, herbal cosmetics, etc. Metals occurring in cosmetics may be absorbed through the skin into the blood, accumulate in the body and exert toxic effects in various organs(1)

  • Excessive exposure to chromium which is linked to stomach tumours.
  • Exposure to lead can cause many problems including cancer and neurological disorders.
  • Arsenic is another toxic material found in cosmetics linked to liver cancerprostate cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.
  • Cadmium can cause hypertension, kidney damage, liver disease, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and emphysema.
  • Mercury may lead to birth defects, autism, nausea, headaches, fatigue and kidney damage.
  • Aluminum can cause digestive problems,Alzheimer’s, seizures and headaches.(2)

 

Also some of the chemicals present in cosmetics can be dangerous

  • Phthalates found in nail polish and synthetic fragrance has been linked to early puberty in girls, a risk factor for later-life breast cancer.
  • Triclosan used in antibacterial soaps, deodorants and toothpastes can affect the body’s hormone systems
  • 1,4-dioxane,a contaminant found in shampoos, body wash, children’s bath has been identified as carcinogen.
  • Parabens, widely used in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics increase risk of breast tumors.
  • Ethylene oxide, a contaminant of shampoos and body washes, is also identified as carcinogen.
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)present insome cosmetics and shampoos may increase risk for breast cancer.
  • Many sunscreens contain chemicals like octinoxate that can cause breast cancer.

Now if you ask can I really use cosmetics? The answer is Yes, if you try to look for cosmetics free of all the toxins like ayurvedic lipsticks, aloe vera shampoos, herbal nourishing massage cream and many more.

Women usually prefer to buy beauty productsthrough groceries, retail stores or beauty parlours based on their recommendations. However, this is steadily changing. Women are slowly realizing that it is only a dermatologist who can recommend a lasting solution to their skin care problems. A significant part of a dermatologist’s practice today includes advice and recommendations for regular skin care and beauty products. Try to use dermatologists recommended products as they would provide the safest and most effective skin care.(5)

Now based on the dermatologists recommendations you can get these safe and effective skin care products at your doorstep through Medlife.com

References:

  1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jat.3129/abstract;jsessionid=FEBAB2773C81E1AAB056F845136267CA.f02t02?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=
  2. http://seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/heavy-metals-lead-lipsticks-cosmetics.php
  3. http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/environmental-breast-cancer-links/cosmetics/?referrer=https://www.google.co.in/http://www.nicnas.gov.au/communications/publications/information-sheets/existing-chemical-info-sheets/chemicals-commonly-used-in-cosmetics-factsheet-1
  4. https://merrildiniz.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/50-plus-cruelty-free-beauty-brands-all-made-in-india/
  5. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/beauty/Beauty-trends-in-India-evolving/articleshow/38078354.cms

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