Saturday, January 18, 2014

Harmful Ingredients in NON-ORGANIC Beauty Products

Last week, newspapers have referred to the recent report of Centre for Science and Evironment (CSE) which has alarming finding that about half of the 73 national (Indian) and international brands of popular cosmetics contain high levels of toxic heavy metals.

The CSE’s Pollution Monitoring Lab had tested popular fairness creams, lipsticks, anti-ageing creams and lip balms for mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and nickel.

The tests found mercury in 44% of the fairness creams, chromium and nickel, both carcinogens, in 50% and 43% of the lipstick samples respectively.

Fairness creams Aroma Magic Fairy Lotion, Olay Natural White and Pond’s White Beauty were the top three with high mercury content. Use of mercury in cosmetics is banned. “Mercury is not supposed to be present in cosmetic products. Its mere presence in these products is completely illegal and unlawful,” said  Director General CSE, adding that Mercury is poisonous in any form and the chemical readily absorbs through the skin into the bloodstream.

 Hearts & Tarts-080V, Lancome L’Absolu Nu-204 and MAC So Chaud-A82 had high chromium content.

The top three lipstick brands with high nickel content were Lancome L’Absolu Nu-204, Hearts & Tarts-080V and MAC So Chaud-A82.

Herbally Radiant has been promoting organic natural beauty products because this sector is not well regulated and most of the manufacturers prefer to use cheaper chemical or petro-based ingredients in their beauty products. These have long term harmful effects.  Herbally Radiant has been highlighting these from time to time and advising public to go in for herbal natural beauty care products which are safer and provide the best nutrients to face, body and hair.

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