I’m perfectly conscious that you may view me as an annoying healthy fact pusher, crunchy hippy, paleo/keto/realfood evangelist who can’t help herself giving advice on health, nutrition and beauty products. Be patient with me because I come from a place of love.
Heavy metals are present in our cosmetics. They are legal to use and companies do not have to declare ingredients. Though the FDA limits heavy metals to certain thresholds, they can and will impact health. Just think how many days per week you use cream, lotion, blush, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara, concealer, foundation, sunscreen, hair products, etc… Multiply that by your age (yes, products were applied to you as a baby, and baby products are not all safe), and the accumulation of heavy metals in the body will affect health in many ways, subtle or not.
I share below a short list of heavy metals, how they get into the body, what products it can be found in, and the impact it can have on your health.
Your skin is your largest organ. Invest time in researching your products. You’re worth it.
(Information is available on the Environmental Working Group, on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.)
|METAL||ENTRY POINT||FOUND IN||HEALTH IMPACT|
|Mercury (1)||Inhalation, ingestion, absorption through skin||Anti-aging creams, lightening creams, soaps||Allergic reactions, tiredness and headaches, negative reproductive effects, such as sperm damage, birth defects and miscarriages, disruption of the nervous system, damage to brain functions, DNA damage and chromosomal damage|
|Arsenic (2)||Inhalation, ingestion||Lip gloss, eyeliner||Gastrointestinal damage, severe vomiting, diarrhea, birth defects, carcinogen for lungs, skin, liver, bladder and kidneys|
|Lead (3)||Inhalation, ingestion||Lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner, eyeshadow, foundation, blush, concealer, cream||Anemia, hypertension, kidney damage, miscarriages, disruption of nervous system, brain damage, infertility, intellectual disorders|
|Cadmium (4)||Inhalation, ingestion, absorption through skin||Body lotion, hair products, lipstick, eyeshadow||Anemia, impairment of lung function, bone changes, liver damage, kidney damage, iron deficiency, oxidative stress, hypertension, weakened immune system, birth defects|
Yours in Health,