Tuesday 16 July 2013

Toxic beauty ingredients

July 15, 2013, 6:18 pm Georgia Main Today Tonight
A new study reveals how many different chemicals the average woman puts on her skin every day through the use of creams and cosmetics.
According to a new study the average woman applies 500 chemicals to her body every day.
Professor Katharine Hammond from the University of California in Berkley tested 32 popular lipsticks and lip glosses for toxins and says the results were extremely concerning.
She discovered that 75 per cent of the lipsticks tested contained lead.
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"We looked for metals such as lead, aluminium, cadmium, chromium and nickel manganese," Professor Hammond said.
"The concentrations that we found were concerning because in combination with other exposures we have can lead to kidney damage, cancer and some neuro-developmental problems."
Professor Hammond also added that women who applied lipstick twice a day can receive more than 20 per cent of a person's daily intake for aluminium, cadmium and manganese.
Naturopath Sam Beau Patrick believes toxins are responsible for the rise in skin conditions, allergies and even cancer.
"You wouldn't put 500 chemicals in your mouth so you shouldn't put it on your skin. It's exactly the same as ingesting it because your skin will absorb the chemicals," Ms Patrick said.
According to Sandra Campitelli from the Hair and Beauty Industry Association all beauty products undergo stringent testing before hitting the shelves.
"It should give people a peace of mind that all products are heavily tested," Ms Campitelli said.
"However there is a growing change within consumers to seek more natural products."
Lara Shannon, 41, claims she suffered a reaction from toxins in cosmetic products. Her skin broke out after trying out cosmetic samples, which she claims contained a cocktail of chemicals.
"I just looked at some of the names of the ingredients and realised it can't be good for your skin," Ms Shannon said.
"The ingredients included titanium dioxide and butyl menthols."
Since then Ms Shannon has switched to natural makeup and skincare.
"There is no need to be putting up with bad, red and angry skin these days. There are so many great natural products out there and once you switch you'll never go back," she said.
Further information on toxins in cosmetic products:
Professor Hammond University of California study on lip products

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