Dangerous Cosmetics Causing Major Harm to Skin


In the Environmental Defense report, “Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup,”21 researchers shared results from testing 49 different makeup items, including powders, blushes, mascaras, lipsticks and foundations. The testing revealed serious heavy metal contamination in virtually all of the products:

  • 96 percent contained lead
  • 90 percent contained beryllium
  • 61 percent contained thallium
  • 51 percent contained cadmium
  • 20 percent contained arsenic

Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

Despite over 21,000 consumer complaints to the contrary, after the FDA requested consumers and physicians to report adverse effects from using the WEN product, Guthy-Renker, WEN’s marketing company, told NPR:22 "We welcome legislative and regulatory efforts to further enhance consumer safety across the cosmetic products industry. However, there is no credible evidence to support the false and misleading claim that WEN products cause hair loss."