Everyone knows the dangers involved with exposure to heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and nickel.  Heavy metals will build up in the body over time and are linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney and renal failure, lung and respiratory damage, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems including muscle, never and joint issues, headaches, memory loss, mood swings, problems with blood and the immune system, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, contact dermatitis and hair loss and for some metal like lead, there is no safe blood level.  A little lead can go a long way in harming your body.

Are you ready for some bad news?  Depending on the actual lab study carried out, anywhere between 61 percent and 100 percent of cosmetic products tested contain one or more heavy metals.  Cosmetic products tested included foundations, concealers, powders, blushes and bronzers, mascaras, eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks and glosses. The scary, sad news is that virtually all cosmetic products contain measurable levels of one or more deadly heavy metals.  None of the products tested contained mercury, but lead was detected in an unbelievable 96% of the products, arsenic in 20% and cadmium in 51%.  Additionally, nickel was found in all the products tested which is not surprising since the government still actually allows cosmetic manufacturers to use nickel in products despite the known problems.

All of the heavy metals found in the products, except for nickel, are banned from being intentionally added to cosmetics because of negative health effects.  But obviously contaminants can show up in cosmetics for various reasons.  They may have been present in raw ingredients such as minerals, they can be by-products of the manufacturing process, or they can be formed by the breakdown of ingredients. In the case of color based cosmetic products like lipstick or eye shadows, the incredibly high rates are found as a result of their presence in rocks, soil and water used in the manufacturing of pigments.

Most frightening, the highest levels of arsenic (70 parts per million), cadmium (3 ppm), and lead (110 ppm) were all found in lip glosses, which are easily ingested because they are worn on the lips.  In fact, in some products the levels of lead were time times those allowed by law.  Given the choice, we doubt we could find any woman who would agree to putting lead and arsenic on their lips, yet most women actually do it unwittingly many times each day.

This is especially frightening for young girls using lip glosses and for pregnant women as all recent science tells is there is NO safe level for lead.  Lead will build up in the tissues over time, especially quickly when glosses are applied multiple times daily.  And don’t think the better the brand name or the more you spend on a product, the less the contamination.  The reality is often quite the opposite with some of the better brand name manufacturers being most guilty.

The researchers hope their report will prompt the federal government to strengthen its regulations on cosmetics, so that manufacturers are required to disclose all intentional ingredients (including fragrance ingredients, which are currently considered proprietary) and unintentional ingredients such as impurities on labels.

During my next blogs here on Trending Stories I am going to do an entry for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard on two different natural chelating agents that you can find in your kitchen.  Cook with these spices and it will go far to helping you clear any toxic metals you may be ingesting.

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