Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium and iron are found in a wide variety of personal care product such as lipstick, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner and nail color. Some metals are intentionally added as ingredients, while others are contaminant
what are heavy metals?
These are any relatively dense metals or metaloid that is noted for its potential toxicity.Some metals play important roles in normal functions of the body. For instance, iron is necessary for blood oxygenation. However, when these metals accumulate they may have serious negative effects. Other metals, such as lead and mercury, do not have normal physical functions in the body .
what are the health concern?
Cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, environmental concerns (bio-accumulation )
Lead; has had serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death.Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immuno-toxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.
mercury: is linked to nervous system toxicity, as well as reproductive, immune and respiratory toxicity, and is a recognized environmental health concern by numerous national and international government bodies
- mercury is caused by blocking blood vessels.
- Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidneys and lungs.
- Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including pink disease.
what to do(conclusion)?
Despite much attention to the issue of lead in cosmetics, the metal continues to be detected in some products . Heavy metals can be difficult to avoid as they are not always listed on the label(manufacturing information) so the best strategy is to save color cosmetics for special occasions, and to encourage young girls to wait to use lipstick. In addition, sunscreens with titanium dioxide and iron oxide are often excellent options.