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Arsenic eyeshadow

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Arsenic eyeshadow may only be the tip of the iceberg of the chemicals that women are exposed to in the name of ‘beauty’. Last week the French Health Products Safety Agency (Afssaps) expressed concern on the levels of aluminium in cosmetics. They recommend that products containing aluminium not be used on damaged skin (for example after shaving) and that this information be clear on packaging. They were also concerned about the over-all concentration of aluminium in cosmetics – particularly anti-perspirants. There is controversy over the danger of exposure to chemicals such as aluminium. In 2000 there was concern that it played a role in Alzheimer’s disease. In 2003 aluminium based underarm cosmetics and breast cancer made headlines. However the risks assessment has been complicated by conflicting information on dermal absorption. Accurate measures now developed are showing that repeated exposure are not indicating links to cancer, but are showing neurotoxicity. The French Agency recommends that the maximum concentrations in products be lowered as more than twenty-five aluminium compounds can be used in cosmetic compounds. This can have a cumulative effect.

Cocktail of chemicals include arsenic eyeshadow

Scarier still, a woman may use as many as 175 chemicals a day as part of a ‘normal’ beauty regime. Over a year, the average woman absorbs two kilograms of chemicals from cosmetics. She will eat the equivalent of five lipsticks a year – so let us hope they do not have lead in them! Worse still some eye shadows contain arsenic. Now the concentration of arsenic in eyeshadows has been for the most part extremely low (2.3 ppm) but the problem is that the regulations relating to cosmetics do not give limits for toxic elements that occur as impurities in products. Impurities are not listed in ingredients and researchers are campaigning to get manufacturers to check all raw ingredients for toxic elements and then declare the composition of any impurities,
Although man-made chemicals have been around for over 100 years, the number of synthetic chemicals doubles every decade. The biggest issue now is how the body adjusts to breaking down these chemicals. Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton wrote a book called Toxic Overload. She believes that chemicals absorbed through the skin are particularly dangerous, as they immediately hit the blood stream and then go to vital organs such as the liver and kidney where they may accumulate for years.
So don’t wait for the regulatory bodies to protect you from chemicals like arsenic eyeshadow. Have your eyes wide open and protect yourself! Make sure that you check the labels of every beauty product you put on your skin and hair. Over the last decades we have also got better at making beautiful, organic, natural beauty products. All your beauty requirements can be met and you can be beautiful from the inside out!

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