Saturday 23 May 2009

What You Must Know About Health and Beauty

Health and beauty experts are sounding serious alarms about
products calling themselves organic when really there's
nothing natural about them.

Unfortunately, health and beauty expert Ann Garrity says
"organic just doesn't mean much on makeup right now and a
lot of companies' are profiting from consumer's confusion".

In fact, health and beauty experts warn some products are
downright dangerous. A recent study by a safe cosmetic
group made national headlines when lab tests found in over
50% of over 30 lipsticks from major retail chain stores
contained detectable levels of lead. A full 1/3 of the
samples exceeded the FDA's safety limit for lead in candy.

Analysis by health and beauty experts found the lead was a
contaminant, not a deliberately added ingredient so you
wouldn't even know the product wasn't lead-free just be
checking the label - health and beauty experts say this is
very scary and advise consumers to be concerned - lead is a
toxic heavy metal that causes injury to the brain,
increases high blood pressure, heart disease, and reduces

Unbelievably, the FDA has not set a ban on the use of lead
in cosmetics and actually has approved the version of lead
called lead acetate for use in all cosmetics except the use
around the eyes.

To be clear, the amount of lead you might ingest through
normal use of lipstick is small, however, expert's note it
comes on top of other sources of lead exposure in our
environment such as drinking water. Scientific evidence
proves there is no threshold of exposure below which lead
is safe. You can learn more about potential lead exposure
from the Environmental Protection Agencies website. Health
and beauty experts also have found mercury in mascara.
Much like lead, mercury can damage brain function even at
low levels. Mercury has also been found to ignite certain
protein enzymes that may lead to plaque build-up in blood
vessel walls that may lead to cardiovascular disease. A
number of cosmetic companies still use a preservative form
of mercury to keep mascara fresh and bacteria-free.

Always buy products that are thimerosal-free products.

Mercury in the form of thimerosol is also used in eye

Another safety tip - avoid loose powder formulations
containing talc because you can easily inhale particles as
you swoosh them around with your brush.

In summary, health and beauty experts are challenging the
FDA to be given back the power, personnel, and funding so
they can do much more to tightly regulate cosmetics.

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John Russell of IH Distribution, LLC brings you health,
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