A Canadian Environmental Defence group recently tested several commercial cosmetics for the presence of toxic heavy metals like lead or arsenic. In spite of the fact that none of the products listed these among the ingredients,ﾠeach product contained an average of two of the four metals ofﾠhighestﾠconcern (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury). Read on to learn more about the side effects these can have on your body.ﾠ
Lead and arsenic aren’t listed among the ingredients of lip gloss and eyeliner. However, Environmental Defence, a Canadian environmental group tested dozens of common cosmetics products and found that virtually all of them were contaminated with heavy metals.
Researchers purchased cosmetics in Toronto, and sent them to an accredited laboratory to have them tested for the presence of arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, beryllium, selenium, thallium and nickel. The items tested included foundations, concealers, powders, blushes, bronzers, mascaras, eyeliners, eyeshadows, lipsticks and glosses.
According to the Montreal Gazette:
“None of the products tested contained mercury, but lead was detected in 96 percent of the products, arsenic in 20 percent and cadmium in 51 percent. Nickel was found in all the products tested, beryllium in 90 percent, thallium in 61 percent and selenium in 14 percent.”
Instead of risking your health by using commercial products on your skin, why not go for natural, home, skin care remedies that will protect your skin without the toxins and heavy metals. Check out the different categories on this website for some great natural treatments that are good for your skin.