Hidden Heavy Metals in Makeup

A lot of you might have caught the wide spread news of heavy metals found in makeup. And I have had numerous inquires about it. So I decided to bring it into light. The testing was performed by ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE.

A total of 49 face make up items were tested. There are 4 metals of most concern because they are banned as intentional ingredients in cosmetics, and are designated as toxic in Canada. They are Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury. The other 4 metals of concern are Beryllium, Nickel, Selenium and Thallium, for a total of 8. The items tested consist of foundations, concealers, powders, blushes, mascaras, eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks and lip gloss.

7 of 8 metals were found in all 49 items. On average, 2 of the 4 metals of most concern and 4 of 8 metals of concern were in all products.

% Of items with detectable metal:

Nickel 100% Cadmium 51%
Lead 96% Arsenic 20%
Beryllium 90% Selenium 14%
Thallium 61% Mercury 0%

None of the heavy metals were listed on the product label. As product impurities, it is not required to be on label. However, all but Nickel is banned in Canada as intentional cosmetics ingredients.

Science has not established a safe level of exposure. And cumulative exposure over time is difficult to study. In addition other sources of exposure can contribute to the entire heavy metal loads in the body. Elimination can take upwards of 40 years unless external detoxifying protocols are followed.

Various health problems which can include cancer, immune system, reproductive disorders, musculoskeletal, kidney problems, headache, memory loss, mood swing, skin problems, digestive, hormonal disruptions and hairloss. All can be caused by heavy metal build-up in the body.

I then heard on radio a cosmetic manufacturer claiming one has to practically eat the products to get the toxicity. Interestingly enough, highest levels of arsenic, Cadmium and Lead were all found in lip gloss.

Consumers should know what is in the products and make their decisions regarding safety. I feel Heavy Metal Toxicity is a hidden modern world health hazard. In my next article, I’ll list more hidden sources of Mercury which I see a lot of in my practice. Hopefully, people of all ages will become more aware.