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Dangerous beauty: scientists find toxic substances in cosmetics

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In tonal creams, lipsticks, eyelashes, and eyebrows from the mass market revealed a high level of dangerous ingredients harmful to health.

Scientists from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana tested more than 200 popular cosmetics sold in the U.S. and Canada and found that many of them contain high levels of toxic substances associated with the development of dangerous diseases.

The article was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.

The results showed that 56% of foundations and eye products, 48% of lipsticks, and 47% of mascaras contain high levels of fluoride, indicating the use of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – a highly persistent and potentially toxic class of chemicals. 

In the first place, this group included “persistent” and “indelible” means (PFAS is often added to increase water resistance and film formation).

It is emphasized that given the risk of consumer exposure and the scale of the industry, the results are of particular concern. 

PFAS are very persistent chemicals that enter the bloodstream and are poorly eliminated and accumulated in the body. 

In addition, there is a risk of environmental pollution associated with the production and disposal of such products.

In addition to cosmetics, PFAS are used in nonstick cookware, coated fabrics, and fast food packaging. 

They are known as “permanent chemicals” because they do not degrade naturally, remaining in soil and groundwater for decades. 

Research has linked certain PFASs to the risk of cancer, hypertension, thyroid disease, and birth defects in children. 

It is noteworthy that of all the identified products containing PFAS substances, only one of them was listed as an ingredient on the packaging. 

Earlier it was reported that the American woman had been using an anti-pigmentation cream produced in Mexico for several years in a row and was poisoned with methylmercury.

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